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King Edward VIII
An American Life
Before he fell in love with Wallis Simpson, Edward VIII had fallen in love with America. As a young Prince of Wales, Edward witnessed the birth of the American century at the end of the First World War and, captivated by the energy, confidence, and raw power of the USA as it strode onto the world stage, he paid a number of subsequent visits: surfing in Hawaii; dancing with an American shop-girl in Panama; and partying with the cream of New York society on Long
Island. Eventually, of course, he fell violently in love with Wallis, a Southern belle and latter-day Scarlett O'Hara. Forceful, irreverent, and sassy, she embodied everything that Edward admired about modern America.
But Edward's fascination with America was not unreciprocated. America was equally fascinated by the Prince, especially his love life, and he became an international media celebrity through newsreels, radio, and the press. Indeed, even in the decades after his abdication in 1936, Edward remained a celebrity in the US and a regular guest of Presidents and the elite of American society.
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Rich and thorough, expertly crafted and completely accessible. An adept storyteller and historian, Powell manages to humanize a monarch who has at times been dwarfed by the voluminous publicity surrounding his abdication. * The New York Times Book Review * A beautifully presented assessment of the man and a deeply thoughtful consideration of the climactic event for which he will also live in British history, his infamous 1936 abdication of the throne. * Booklist * By mining a prodigious number of resources, both in Britain, America, and beyond, Ted Powell has written the fullest, most revealing and perceptive biography of King Edward VIII. * Juliet Gardiner, author of The Thirties: An Intimate History *