17 Carnations

17 Carnations

The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-up in History

eBook - 2015
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For fans of the Netflix series The Crown, a meticulously researched historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler before, during, and after World War II.

Andrew Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife, Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed "the traitor king" and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion.

For the first time, Morton reveals the full story behind the cover-up of those damning letters and diagrams: the daring heist ordered by King George VI, the smooth duplicity of a Soviet spy as well as the bitter rows and recriminations among the British and American diplomats, politicians, and academics. Drawing on FBI documents, exclusive pictures, and material from the German, Russian, and British royal archives, as well as the personal correspondence of Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 CARNATIONS is a dazzling historical drama, full of adventure, intrigue, and startling revelations, written by a master of the genre.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455527090
1455527092
1455527114
9781455527113
Characteristics: 1 online resource (368 pages, 16 un-numbered pages of plates) : illustrations.

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vickmeister
Aug 28, 2017

With a longtime interest in all things Brit and the various colorful characters in and out of the Royal Family, I had certainly heard of the notorious abdication of Edward VIII "to be with the woman [he] loves." I looked forward to learning more about the story. I found this book to be well-written and thoroughly researched, giving interesting insight and background into the lives of the couple in question, as well as the thoughts and motives of their royal relatives and historical figures in various countries who sought to use and abuse them for various purposes. It paints a portrait of two self-indulgent individuals; more concerned about such things as getting ahold of their trivial personal belongings left behind in occupied France while the people of Britain were enduring sacrifices and the terror of the Blitz, and blind to the consequences of a British royal associating with Nazi sympathizers and carelessly dropping potentially sensitive information during dinner conversation. An excellent read.

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rpavlacic
Feb 19, 2016

That Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were traitors to the UK and America, respectively, is no secret. This book, using declassified documents, shows not only the extent of that treason but the extent to which the Allies as well as Nazi Germany sought to cover it up. Of note is Simpson's liaison with Joachim von Ribbentrop, a full year BEFORE the abdication crisis. One can only conclude from this book that the world is lucky Britain's head of state during WWII was George VI and not Edward - the "peace" he sought was nothing short of submission to Hitler.

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