Books December 2022
A review of Traitor King by Andrew Lownie.
Does anyone want to read yet another book about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor? Perhaps not, but if you tackle this most recent one, there will be no need to read any more on the subject. Among the dozens of biographies, memoirs, diaries, novels, documentaries, interviews, musicals, dramas, and films that have emerged over the last eighty years, none—until Andrew Lownie’s book Traitor King—has fully uncovered the devastating truth of what the two were really up to in their collaboration with Hitler and the Nazi Party. Although there are descriptions of Edward VIII’s character and behavior—weak, spoiled, and infantile—during the eleven-month period before his coronation was due to take place, Lownie concentrates on the period after his abdication in 1936 and his marriage to Wallis Simpson, scrutinizing the...
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