Top positive review
Some new material, well researched insight into the dysfunctional 'Royals'
20 June 2016
I'm interested in the 'Royal Family'; mainly through an interest in media manipulation. This book is well written, easy to read and I like the fact that as an ebook, it's fully interactive with all footnotes throughout attributed and accessible immediately. I find the abdication period particularly interesting and as the years go by, more and more official documents become available and a few researchers are assiduously trawling material to write an ever changing version of historical 'facts'.
This book uncovers new material; interesting that there are pictures of consent to tap the Kings phone line, monitoring calls both within the UK and abroad. The social and political inter cores between King Edward VIII and his German relations appears much closer than the British public ever imagined. Press control and censorship has always been present, but looking through contemporaneous reports of the impending abdication and later events, it's easy to see how the media controlled controversial news and manipulated public opinion.
I've always found it difficult to understand how the great British public was able to 'forget' that the 'Royal' family is basically German. Along with many European Royals. Queen Mary, I recall, spoke with a guttural and distinct German accent. This book, with helpful family trees and a wealth of new material, gives an interesting insight into a dysfunctional family, their squabbles, constraints and a few hidden gems about peccadillos. Very rewarding and I've enjoyed this fresh take.