- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (May 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671612093
- ISBN-13: 978-0671612092
- Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wallis and Edward: Letters 1931-1937 (The Intimate Correspondence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) Hardcover – May 1, 1992
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By the end of this fascinating and superbly edited collection of the 1930s letters of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, one comes as close as possible to knowing the writers. In contrast to the popularly accepted picture of a scheming woman, Wallis in particular comes across as a likeable, vibrant woman who got caught up in something she didn't understand. Bloch's extensive commentary is very readable and greatly enhances understanding of the letters. Rarely does a book combine, as this one does, great popular interest and historically important revelations. An essential purchase for most academic and public libraries. Pat Ensor, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Terre Haute
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Well, yes and no.
The Windsors were shallow and self-centered (astoundingly so), no question about that. But I found the story of the abdication written entirely from their points of view to be very revealing. Arguments can be made, of course, that none of it makes any difference at this remove in time, but being able to read, in their own words, about the thoughts (some breathtakingly puerile) and actions of 2 people who changed history because they were so self-involved was a treat.
I do recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this period of English history. It's a window into a vanished world.