This is quite certainly the best and now the definitive biography of the beleaguered Duke of Windsor. Ziegler is sympathetic, but does not mince words in reporting misdeeds. None yet can entirely supplant Frances Donaldson's standard King Edward VIII ( LJ 3/15/75), but Ziegler has the advantage of access to much recent research, and pulls it all together in an account that is judicious, informed, and above all highly readable. There have been so many Windsor books that librarians will look for reasons not to purchase another. This is not the one to reject. However, don't discard your biographies of the Duchess--she is, surprisingly, a secondary figure in this masterful study of the King and ex-King who gave up a throne for the woman he loved. Recommended for all libraries. BOMC alternate.
- Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
'Philip Ziegler is a master of biographical narrative ...Seldom has such exhaustive research been made so compellingly readable' Michael Holroyd 'Ziegler has told Edward's story with consummate skill' Sarah Bradford, Sunday Times 'Beautifully written and constructed' Michael Bloch, Sunday Telegraph 'Ziegler writes with urbanity and generosity but is unflinching in his judgements ... an exemplary biography' Richard Davenport-Hines, Times Literary Supplement 'A splendid book of impeccable scholarship, admirably written, moving, ironical and at times very amusing ...' Robert Blake, Country Life 'A book of such compelling interest and frankness that it is difficult to put down ... a very fine book' New York Times Book Review 'I found Ziegler's book riveting' Paul Barker, Listener 'He writes brilliantly' Christopher Hudson, Evening StandardSee all Product Description