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on 12 January 2014
Engrossing and difficult to put down. The authors expose what the royals get up to and how the establishment covers it up. No wonder they've exempted themselves from the Freedom of Information Act - they've got a lot to hide. Anybody interested in how this powerful and unaccountable institution operates (and should be all British taxpayers) should read this book.
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on 3 February 2010
This book was really disappointing. Some of it - the tax information, for example - is fascinating and initially rather appalling, but the huge holes in other parts of the book lead to profound scepticism. It just isn't possible to trust what they say, because even with my limited knowledge I can see massive mistakes, which are then built on to form impossible theses.

Example: it's claimed that the Royal Family were lying when they claimed letters between Queen Victoria and her daughter, the Prussian Empress, were recovered from Friedrichshof castle, the ancestral home of the Hessian royals, after WW2. The writers call it a completely implausible excuse for a secret visit, and state that it only makes sense as a coverup for far more incriminating, treasonable letters being retrieved, because in reality the officially-claimed letters would be held by the Kaiser, or another member of the Prussian royal family, not the Hessian. Problem is, Friedrichshof was built by the Prussian Empress when widowed - it's called after her husband, Friedrich - and as well as being her home it was the place where she collected all her possessions together into a massive private archive, library and museum. Her son, the Kaiser, hated her, and so she left the place to her daughter Margaret... who married into the Hessian royal family. The castle then became the main Hessian royal home. The letters in question would have had a very good chance of being there, in fact better than anywhere else. That is a simple matter of historical record. If you want to disprove an apparently odd statement, you need to investigate it first. It doesn't mean that treasonable letters weren't at issue, but if the logic is: an obvious lie was told, so why did it need to be? it matters.

They make sweeping statements such as this over and over again, and leap to extraordinary conclusions on little to no evidence. The factual errors are endless, and make the hypotheses even more unreliable. Another example: the Duke of Kent was killed in a plane crash in WW2. The flight apparently took a strange route. From this rather sparse information, the authors deduce that Rudolph Hesse was also on the plane, that he also died, and that the man imprisoned in Spandau was therefore a double, a modern-day Man In The Iron Mask. The other Nazis tried at Nuremberg presumably had no problem going along with this deception, and the millions who saw newsreels of the man over decades couldn't spot any problem either. Just... ridiculous. The whole conspiracy theorist breathlessness and self-righteousness that pervades the book is familiar to anyone who's read anti-MMR arguments, or anything by anyone who thinks that 911 was a CIA conspiracy, or that Anna Anderson was Anastasia, or... you get the idea.

There is also a huge amount of very selective quotation - if an exiled Frenchman, hostile to the British and miserable away from his homeland, makes vicious comments about the King, Queen, Prime Minister and entire wartime British population, cherry-picking the comment about the Queen and presenting it in isolation is not honest, even - in fact especially - if it supports your thesis about her. Selective quotation of this nature is rife, and very unfortunate.

There is room for a book on the shady financial dealings of the Windsors, as it's ridiculous that the royal family of a small North Atlantic island are better paid than all the other European monarchies put together, and their taxation dealings have certainly been questionable. But this book is shoddy and inaccurate, not to mention hysterical, and the unscholarly and weakly researched evidence makes it a waste of time. A missed opportunity, and a real shame.
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on 5 August 2013
Perfect for anyone who believes the Da Vinci code is based on fact. For anyone else, tendentious ill researched rubbish.
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on 15 September 2015
I enjoyed every minute. Most illuminating.
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on 16 October 2009
The Authors reveal or confirm many long held suspicions held by us commoners regarding the Royals,but in the same breath they also demolish long held myths about Edward and Mrs Simpson.The Queen Mother Myth is also squashed with a vengeance.The Vanity,Arrogance and Political meddling of Louis Mountbatten also comes under severe scrutiny,and there is an inference that Mountbatten might have been eliminated by the British security services.The use of Euthinasea by the Royals is also well documented.I really enjoyed this Book as it really does pose some serious questions about the Royals and their very very convoluted Family History.This Book is a very in depth and a very heavy read,but stay with it and you will find it well worth your time.Anything in my opinion that questions History is worth it.
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on 12 August 2006
After reading the Excellent book - Double Standards by the same authors, i was not dissapointed in continuing the read about the Royals and their motives before, during and after World War 2. This book gives more ground to the events in the forementioned book.

The star of this book is undoubtably Mountbatten and his quest to integrate his legacy to the throne. Also Interesting is the Power of the Queen Mother and also Prince Phillips background.

One of the later chapters goes into the Diana Crash, while the authors make it clear that they were not going to get too involved, By keeping brief and to the point of the inconsistancies, they create an interesting chapter, which i believe they could make into a whole book about the subject.

Excellent sources & biblography, - Highly Recommended
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on 22 August 2014
A paperback edition in very good condition as advertised, arrived in good time, and I was thrilled to find it included "additional historical research" which was not included in the original version I had begun to read which had prompted me to want a copy of my own.
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on 14 July 2013
All I expected arrived on time and in perfect condition. A revelation of the royal family in my youth, 81 this year. (Though I had already done this though.)
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on 8 July 2010
An absorbing book - ideal for conspiracy theorists, and does give much room for thought. Asks a most important question; just why are we paying vast amounts of public money to maintain an out of date concept that believes, somehow,that we should be considered subjects of an unelected monarchy, of dubious legality?
Gives much insight into how the Queen's wealth has been amassed, and how numerous the links are to the government.
A necessary read for all those who wish to learn more about the secrecy that pervades our country.
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on 19 April 2005
Once I started reading this book it was hard for me to put it down. The more I read about what went on during the war the more I am concerned how the monarchy acting in a way that could be classed as treason. A definite recommend.
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