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Excellent summary of the Kaiser's life.
on 30 March 2014
I've been looking a long time for a book that covered the Kaiser's entire life and this definitely hits the spot for me.
Most of the books I've seen previously focused mainly on the build up to WW1, but I was keen to understand the Kaiser's relationship with Queen Victoria and his cousins in the UK and Russia. This book goes into good levels of detail and gives an insight to a surprisingly complicated character.
Two observations I have made are . . . .
1) The period from the Kaiser's exile to his death are fairly glossed over. I assumed this is because he'd already rescinded his power and had little influence/interest in the world, but I would still liked to have known more about that period.
2) The author believes the Kaiser was even more of an anglophile than some of the other authors I have read. It's now impossible to know the Kaiser's real (and frequently contradictory) views but Alan Palmer has clearly researched his subject at great depth.