Princes at War

Princes at War

The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII

eBook - 2015
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This book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era – the crisis of the abdication, and the nationwide threat to Britain of the Nazis, inside and out. The threat of world war echoed the war within the royal family. Played out against the cataclysm of the Second World War the princes' actions – for good or ill – became all the more significant and magnified on a world stage. The war served to unleash passions at a time when the very function of royalty as head of the empire was under threat. It.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610394048
1610394046
Characteristics: 1 online resource (389 p.)

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jeefy55
Jun 30, 2018

Fascinating through and though. Once you get about 2-3 chapters in it really picks up all the way until the end. Really surprised there has not been a more in depth movie about the four brothers. The Crown on Netflix and the king's speech tell part of story but it's so much more rich with even more intrigue and interesting characters than one would think. What I really found interesting was the juxtaposition of the Character of three younger brothers who all had to become bigger men when faced with the onslaught of WWII and the Nazi jackboot-with that of their famous oldest brother who abdicated and showed himself to be a truly nefarious character in History.

The BBC really needs to pick this up as an epic four part story. Will be a winner!

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cardigramma
Jun 25, 2018

Great book! Contains recently declassified information and a lot of behind the scenes background.

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SRZ37
May 18, 2017

Both a good personal history of the four brothers, all sons of George V and Queen Mary, who were fated to deal with World War II (David, Prince of Wales, who abdicated after a year of serving as Edward II and was definitely pro-German; his brother Bertie, who became George VI, a reluctant leader of England during the war, George, the playboy Duke of Kent, dead early in the war in mysterious circumstances; and Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the faithful loyal youngest brother) and an excellent overview of World War II as well. I really learned a lot reading this

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 17, 2015

Probably everyone is somewhat familiar with the story of the king who gave up his crown for Mrs. Simpson, but this well-researched book goes into detail about how treacherous that couple became in terrifying times. It was quite an eye-opener (for me, anyway) as the author illustrated how treasonous the past king and his wife were, how greedy, manipulative and plotting. Good thing he left the throne!

athompson10 Apr 09, 2015

Despite its slightly tabloid-y title, this is a meticulously researched and well-written story of the four Princes of the House of Windsor during the time from Edward VIII's abdication through the death of George VI. Fascinating look at the politics, both personal and public, and an engrossing account of the Second World War from the King's perspective. Among the highlights is the depiction of the deep and warm relationship between the King and Churchill, and the missteps of the Duke of Windsor which led to his deserved reputation as a German sympathizer. Excellent read.

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