A meticulously researched historical tour de force about the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler before, during, and after World War II.
Andrew 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.
For the first time, Morton reveals the full story behind the cover-up of those damning letters and diagrams: the daring heist ordered by King George VI, the smooth duplicity of a Soviet spy, as well as the bitter rows and recriminations among the British and American diplomats, politicians, and academics.
Drawing on FBI documents, exclusive pictures, and material from the German, Russian, and British royal archives as well as the personal correspondence of Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations is a dazzling historical drama, full of adventure, intrigue, and startling revelations, written by a master of the genre.
©2015 Andrew Morton (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I have read several books about Edward VIII and can only think that the world has much to thank his unsuitable wife for. She saved us from having Edward as king at a time when Britain was in dire peril, and as a result we had George VI and then our present queen. Edward should have been tried for treason, whether his actions were the result of sheer stupidity or evil intent, for others who did less and had less influence were executed after the war. Wallis was a selfish, social-climbing hedonist who expected to be treated as royalty at a time when the British were near starving and being bombed daily. They were both used as patsies by Hitler, and seemed oblivious to the damage they did in fawning over him. I think a firing squad would have been too good for them and I applaud the royal family for consistently refusing to pander to them. Andrew Morton did a reasonable job with the book, but I certainly would have liked more information about how the Duke got away with it.
Everything about this book was interesting. I knew so little about the subject matter. The reading performance was wonderful. This book took me back to that time. So glad I read it.
Yes. It was fascinating to me to learn about how perilously close Great Britain was to falling under Nazi influence and how Edward and Wallis might have helped that along.
I was most interested in learning about how much Edward and Wallis still craved the prestige and power or royalty even after he had made the decision to abdicate and how his naive attempts to remain a player put the world in jeopardy.
N/A, since this is not a work of fiction.
Sometimes, it was hard to follow the array of people mentioned in this book. There were so many players with long (and sometimes multiple) titles that it became difficult at times to recognize who was who and just how many people we were hearing about in a passage. I think that would have been tough to follow in print as well, but in print, we have the ability to easily thumb back to other passages or use an index. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this work and was glad to hear this perspective on Edward and Wallis.
Probably--the performer was excellent and the English accent added to the characterization of the story.
Wallis Simpson is fascinating because it is not clear whether she was very clever and plotting, or just a woman who did not know better.
He brought character to the book.
I was astounded by Edward and Wallis' relationship to the Nazis and how Edward was willing to sacrifice his own country in order to follow Hitler's agenda for "peace".
And I felt bad about how Edward was rejected by his family after he abdicated and married Wallis.
I don't think I spent more time on 2 more worthless people than the subject of this book. Beyond that problem the book is replete with repetitions and mind numbing details. Only finished the hoping for something that would justified the time listening
It appears to have been well researched and written with respect given to the current monarchy. Entertaining as well, definitely not boring! Gives me an appetite to read some pertinent autobiographies. I enjoyed it!
I love reading .... And now listening to audiobooks!,,
yes, the narration is interesting and never bores the listener
I haven't read any alike -
The moment Wallis lived in London and how she manage to be with lovers and husband, how part of the society supported her.
The woman who played chess with power
A witty narration , elegant , without hurt anybody but telling the truth about a love story with treason , a thriller .
It appeared there was "much ado about nothing" and I sat listening for the big burst of information and it was really a lot of nothing. I was disappointed that there was nothing said about the Duke and Duchess after this crisis passed...Just that they died and are together in the family cemetery. Wholly unsatisfying part of history of which I am interested: not sure if it was just lack of real facts, the storytelling, or what.
less speculation, more new info. (if there is any.) this is a poor rehash of many books and articles. do not waste your money
he could have stopped at page 1
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I was really disappointed. With all the hype that came prior to the release of yet another of Andrew Morton's highly researched books I was looking forward to being 'wowed '. I have been sorely disappointed.
Same old information 'rehashed'.
On the plus side the narrator's performance was superb making a 'silk purse out of a sow's ear'!
Of course if the subject matter is new to you, well you may be able to overlook it's never ending pages of unneeded rambling.
Not Mr. Morton's best work.
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