Ziegler, Philip King Edward VIII: A Biography
New York Alfred a Knopf Inc 1991 0394577302 / 9780394577302 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
552 pp., notes, nomenclature, bibliographical notes, index, 74 glossy black and white photographs tipped in. Pastedowns depict genealogy starting with Victoria and Albert. Spine slightly curved. DJ has minor edgewear and one tiny tear. A bright, attractive copy.
"Edward was twentieth century's Prince Charming. He was handsome, eloquent, quick-witted, charismatic, a dazzling foil to his stuffy royal parents. He was a popular hero who saw firsthand the hell of the trenches in the Great War, who raged at the miseries of the Depression, who adored jazz, danced the night away and seemed the very embodiment of a new democratic royalty that would rule the greatest empire on earth. When he became King in 1936, only those closest to him knew that this radiant image could not - would not - endure; even insiders were scarcely prepared for the appalling scandal and shock when, a mere eleven months later, his reign abruptly ended with a nighttime journey to France and marriage to an American divorcée. Drawing on Edward's extremely frank and explicit diaries, on his two thousand love letters (long assumed to have been destroyed) and on the private and secret papers of Baldwin, Chamberlain and Churchill, Ziegler enables us to see the man, for the first time, as he was. In this deeply ,moving book, written with authority and with judicious compassion, the truth about Edward - the prince, the King and the exile - is finally told."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall