I very much enjoyed this readable and fluid biography of the Duchess of Windsor. King moves smoothly through the episodes of her life without becoming embroiled in minutiae, thus providing an excellent overview. The extensive bibliography affords the reader the opportunity to further investigate any particular aspect.
Unsurprisingly, King, an American, is very sympathetic and a trifle over romantic in his portrayal of the Duchess. However, to his credit he states from the outset that this book is not designed to be the definitive work on the Duchess and he delivers on this promise.
As a result of interviews with both friends and foes of the Duke and Duchess the book contains many interesting quotes bringing many historical characters back to life. For dedicated Royal watchers these provide an insight into the characters of King George VI, the late Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and a host of other members of the Royal family, revealing the attitudes shown towards the Duchess. However paralells drawn between the Duchess and Diana, Princess of Wales come across as a gimmick to attract the myriad of the Princess's fans in the US and were somewhat irrelevant.
King also explores many of the rumours and theories put forward by other biographers such as Bloch and Higham. Without being over technical he presents an interesting and sound assessment of the legal and consitutional issues surrounding King George VI's refusal to grant the Duchess the style of Her Royal Highness.
A unique work in its attempt to show the Duchess in a sympathetic light, this book should be a welcome addition to any collection on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.