17 Carnations

17 Carnations

The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-up in History

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: London, Michael O'Mara,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781782434573
Characteristics: viii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Seventeen carnations


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Jul 09, 2018

This well-researched book explores the links between the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Nazi regime. It also examines the Duke's unceasing campaign to get his extended family to recognize his wife's right to be called Her Royal Highness. The Duke's belief that even fascism was better than communism motivated many of his efforts to bring about a European peace in the 1930s. The fact that he did it outside official channels without the British government's approval only further alienated him from the British royal family. I found the last half of the book fascinating as the British government and King George VI scoured Europe immediately after World War II to retrieve and hide any documents that might stain the monarchy's reputation with the public.

Aug 28, 2017

With a longtime interest in all things Brit and the various colorful characters in and out of the Royal Family, I had certainly heard of the notorious abdication of Edward VIII "to be with the woman [he] loves." I looked forward to learning more about the story. I found this book to be well-written and thoroughly researched, giving interesting insight and background into the lives of the couple in question, as well as the thoughts and motives of their royal relatives and historical figures in various countries who sought to use and abuse them for various purposes. It paints a portrait of two self-indulgent individuals; more concerned about such things as getting ahold of their trivial personal belongings left behind in occupied France while the people of Britain were enduring sacrifices and the terror of the Blitz, and blind to the consequences of a British royal associating with Nazi sympathizers and carelessly dropping potentially sensitive information during dinner conversation. An excellent read.

Feb 19, 2016

That Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were traitors to the UK and America, respectively, is no secret. This book, using declassified documents, shows not only the extent of that treason but the extent to which the Allies as well as Nazi Germany sought to cover it up. Of note is Simpson's liaison with Joachim von Ribbentrop, a full year BEFORE the abdication crisis. One can only conclude from this book that the world is lucky Britain's head of state during WWII was George VI and not Edward - the "peace" he sought was nothing short of submission to Hitler.


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Jul 09, 2018

"Gardening, gossip, golf, and pleasing his wife were the mainstays of his life."

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