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17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History (urspr publ 2015; utgåvan 2015)

av Andrew Morton (Författare)

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"Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed 'the traitor king' and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion"--Dust jacket flap.… (mer)
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Titel:17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History
Författare:Andrew Morton (Författare)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2015), Edition: 1st, 384 pages
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This is not even very readable and is poorly written. This author writes unsubstantiated trash and gossip. I'm not sure what I was expecting but this did not deliver. On a book like this I expect the author to have formed an opinion and be working toward proving it, whether the reader agrees or not depends on the strength of the narrative and evidence. In this book it was like the author was afraid to take a firm position so the book just treated all the rumors equally. In other words I know little more after reading this than I did before.
Also I'm not entirely sure he actually completely read his sources. I get a feeling he just cherry picked the most salacious crap and added it.
Also way too much unnecessary info on Edward and Wallis. Much of it not necessary to the story the author was telling. Edward asking various governments to save or retrieve his possessions-jewelry, sheets/linens, clothing and a bikini is not collusion. The author didn't focus on the Nazi angle.
The only take away for me is that I will do more reading about the late Duke of Kent. By a different author.
This is my last book by this author. This is too serious a subject for his light treatment and foolish writing style. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I was under the impression that a lot of these royalty celebrity writers wrote sketchy speculative biographies but this one seems to be rock solid. The title doesn't measure up to that standard, however: Apparently von Ribbentrop sent that number of carnations to the Duchess of Windsor very day for several weeks because that was the number of sexual encounters they had had together. The book also doesn't go into the 1946 theft of the Duchess' jewelry nor the unsolved 1943 murder of Sir Harry Oakes when the Duke was the governor of the Bahamas. Maybe the author felt it would be too speculative to dwell on these details.
One irony the author did not comment on was the contrast between how the duke's brother and mother treated him like a pariah yet desperately wanted to destroy any evidence of Nazi collaboration. If they had let him stay in Britain as he wants perhaps the flirtation with the Nazis might have been avoided. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
The story of Edward VIII giving up the British throne to marry the woman he loves is often regarded as one of the 20th Century’s great romantic stories. By focusing on the post abdication story Morton paints a very different picture of a pair of self absorbed feckless entitled people whose actions, careless talk, and dubious relationships and political views bordered on being traitorous at the time of their country’s greatest need. ( )
  gothamajp | Mar 24, 2020 |
Most of the book devoted to the uncontroversial thesis that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were Nazi sympathisers, with some innuendo that they were outright traitors. Neither was it a revelation that both were wholly self-absorbed. The "greatest cover-up in history" was that the British government attempted to suppress documents leading to the above conclusions; since they failed, this hardly constitutes a cover-up. This latter phase of the book is rendered in excruciatingly dull detail--it felt as if the reader had been button-holed by the Duke of Windsor himself bemoaning the fates which left him sitting out the war in the Bahamas while his cherished sheets were commandeered by the Nazis in Paris.

Ho hum. ( )
  TimStretton | Mar 19, 2020 |
Interesting, but could have used a good editor - got incredibly repetitive towards the end. ( )
  liz.mabry | May 13, 2019 |
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"Morton tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American wife Wallis Simpson, the bizarre wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain, and the attempted cover-up by Churchill, General Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's relations with Hitler. From the alleged affair between Simpson and the German foreign minister to the discovery of top secret correspondence about the man dubbed 'the traitor king' and the Nazi high command, this is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of sex and suspicion"--Dust jacket flap.

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