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King Edward VIII [PDF / EPUB] King Edward VIII Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson Edward VIII had fallen in love with America As a young Prince of Wales Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War a Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson Edward VIII had fallen in love with America As a young Prince of Wales Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War and captivated by the energy confidence and raw power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage he paid a number of subseuent visits surfing in Hawaii; King Edward PDF/EPUB ² dancing with an American shop girl in Panama; and partying with the cream of New York society on Long Island Eventually of course he fell violently in love with Wallis a Southern belle and latter day Scarlett O'Hara Forceful irreverent and sassy she embodied everything that Edward admired about modern AmericaBut Edward's fascination with America was not unreciprocated America was eually fascinated by the Prince especially his love life and he became an international media celebrity through newsreels radio and the press Indeed even in the decades after his abdication in Edward remained a celebrity in the US and a regular guest of Presidents and the elite of American society.

10 thoughts on “King Edward VIII

  1. says:

    An interesting take on Edward VIII and the Abdication arguing that his love for America and all things there of led inevitably to Wallis and the Abdication rather than the opposite There's not really anything new here just the angle The whole thing felt rather disjointed a collection of separate essays or articles rather than a cohesive biography We were giventold a fact in one chapter only for it to be repeated as if new in another His life after 1936 is covered rather perfunctoraly since this is all about cause rather than effect

  2. says:

    If anyone still thinks of the Windsors they probably have an image of a shallow glitzy couple at the centre of a controversy that has long since lost its teeth The Duke of Windsor came to be seen as a weak man willingly enslaved to a brittle fashion plate cultivating some very dodgy friends with Nazi connections and doing nothing productive with his life after his abdication The author of this biography may have believed he could set the record straight in some way but what emerges is still the picture of a disastrously weak man albeit one who was probably the twentieth century's first major global celebrityFocussing on Edward as Prince of Wales Ted Powell reminds us of the incredible charisma the man had in his youth and importance of his status in England as Prince of Wales; in America as an all conuering glamour boy Wallis herself commented on his impact – planes and trains could be delayed from departure until he arrived He was the ultimate VIPPowell makes much of Edward's intense frustration over the expectations on him as heir to the throne and representative of the British Empire on his tumultuous overseas tours Although he shook hands with all and sundry and made himself available to everyone he also took every chance he could to escape from meetings and formalities and indulge in sports partying and affairs with women He felt his position like a hairshirt In fact Powell divides his subject into “Edward” future king and “David” – the private man who partied and played with his lovers and intimates He loved all things American used American slang terms danced to American music and finally married his American mistress Part of Edward’s trouble was his doughty father King George V – a man as different from his son as it would be possible to be George was gruff insular and somewhat boorish and represented everything Edward hated and wanted to break away from His mother the cold stately ueen Mary wasn’t much better It is tempting to see Edward’s parents as a large part of his downfall though Powell’s book doesn’t emphasise his background and family lifeAfter his abdication and marriage Edward almost dropped off the radar In fact Wallis herself said he became “like a fly in amber” It must have been an appalling transition from the heady heights of being the Prince of Wales to the ignominy of an empty life on the social circuit as Duke of Windsor

  3. says:

    A different angle on Edward VIII's life motivations and his struggle with destiny Here's a link to the book review I did for the Historical Novel Society

  4. says:

    This book was absolutely wonderful It was well written and fascinating The author is very favorable to Edward even excusing his Nazi sympathies with phrases such as Edward was led by a reporter to make statements manipulated by the German government etc etc I was reading and thinking that I wasn't going to let my opinion of Edward VIII be formed by this obviously biased author because ha ha Because my opinion of Edward had already been formed by The Crown Also the author rather dismissively refers to the British royal family's view that Edward had 'let down the side' and abandoned his duty Well he did He had his clear duty and he stepped down from it at a time when his country was threatened with invasion It may be romantic but it is also weak and craven This book also contained one of the saddest lines I ever read Throughout the author referred to the dichotomy between Edward Prince of Wales and future King of England and David David was the name Edward was known by in his family and refers to the private individual not the public figure of royalty He compared the Abdication to a suicide pact wherein Edward has to die so David can have his life But The ultimate tragedy of course was that Wallis Simpson was in love with Edward not David Wow Isn't that just so sad? Wallis is actually portrayed as wanting out of the relationship but paralyzed because EdwardDavid would threaten suicide if she left him Using the threat of suicide to manipulate a lover is just contemptible And if I had been Wallis's gal pal I would have advised her to contact the Crown and tell them flat out that she wants to break it off which the Crown urgently wanted also but Edward said he would kill himself so maybe they should come get him and put him wherever they put suicidal royalty and get him some help I don't really buy this view of Wallis but I really know very little about her Further research is indicatedHighly recommend this book HighlyAfter the Abdication the Windsors lived a life that even this author calls so empty that anybody who met them could see it I hope it was worth it to him Wa

  5. says:

    An innovative new biography of King Edward VIII that examines the impact of American society and culture on his life and brief reign The book includes excellent analysis of British vs American press coverage of Edward's activities as Prince of Wales which remains relevant to present day royal coverage There are also insightful conclusions concerning Edward's inner turmoil and the increasing conflict between his public and private lives during his years as Prince of Wales which eventually culminated in the abdication crisis once he succeeded to the throneThe subtitle of the book an American Life however does not uite capture the complexity of the material The early chapters are focused on Canada including his popular 1919 Canadian tour and his purchase of a ranch in Alberta and there are numerous uotes where Edward described his affinity to Canada rather than the United States Edward's public role was different in Canada than in the United States and there are also cultural differences A little analysis of Edward's shift from an identification with Canadians to a American social circle would have enhanced the book Edward's visits to the United States after the abdication are passed over uickly and I would have been interested to read about this period of Edward's life including his term as Governor of the Bahamas King Edward VIII An American Life is a thought provoking read that might have been better titled King Edward VIII Abroad as it goes beyond the United States to place Edward in the context of the wider British Empire and Dominions in the 1920s and 1930s

  6. says:

    One might suppose that everything that could be said about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has already been said many times over but this account while not unearthing anything really new at least as far as I know about the topic offers an interesting and novel perspective on Edward VIII's character The author argues that Edward's fascination with American culture dating from his interactions with American soldiers during WWI enhanced by his American tours in the 1920s and including his admiration for American business advertising and social s contributed to his desire to modernize the British monarchy along democratic lines However he was increasingly frustrated by the British establishment's lack of interest in doing so The author speculates that this tension added to Edward's increasing tendency in the 1930s to separate his life into public and private personas ie the public Edward who filled the traditional role expected of a monarch and the private David the name used by his family and Wallis Simpson who spent weekends living life as wished The connection between the two finally broke down when he believed that he could marry Wallis Simpson AND keep his throne When that became impossible he choose to become the private David by abdicating Powell also demonstrates that the Windsors long retained their popularity in the United States because the American press always presented their story as a love story and never appreciated that in Britain it was a constitutional crisis with Edward perceived as shirking his duty and Wallis considered a gold digger

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book except for the fact that the author repeated himself so often I don't read a lot of historical books so maybe this is necessary and normal but it annoyed me Also I would have liked to have seen photographs He was one of the most photographed people of his timeI knew very little about Edward and Wallis only want I absorbed from my mother which was that Wallis was a gold digger and she pulled Edward from the monarchy This author uotes letters wherein she tries to get out of the affair so as not to be responsible for the abdication so possibly my mother's view was not trueEdward had an amazing life before he became king He travelled the world overThis author theorizes that his role as Prince of Wales presupposed him to abdication because he fell in love with America and the American way of lifeI relate to this personally as having been an exchange student in France in my teens I did the opposite of Edward I fell in love with the European style of life Conseuently I moved to Switzerland and adored my lifestyle there I married and moved back to the US because of my husband's job and don't feel like I have ever fit in in the 25 years I have lived here So I commiserate with the King on a deep level

  8. says:

    The Book reads very easily The auteur reveals the prince’s first love America so it was nowonder that Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson a divorced woman twiceThe book also provides enough information about Edward so that you get to know the person better Especially if you do not know much about him yet You will learn everything about royal surfing trips cowboy ranches and all night jazzIf you are interested in the Royal Family and the British History but also the American culture then the book is certainly a recommendation

  9. says:

    Did not think I would learn anything new WRONG This book is meticulously researched Great insights into the man who was Edward and David and the conflict between the “two men”

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