The Abdication of King Edward VIII by Lord Beaverbrook edited by A.J.P. Taylor
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New York. Atheneum. 1966. Second printing. Hardcover, clothbound w. pictorial cover dust jacket. Book condition: Fine. Jacket condition: Fine, some surface stains & wear on back. 122pp. (Ill. in b/w).
In 1936 a constitutional, moral, religious and political crisis arose in the British Empire when King Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing the divorce of her second. Leading to a series of events and changing the fate of many of the Royal family. These events are told here through Lord Beaverbrook, powerful press lord and confidant of Edward VIII. Beaverbrook believed that a monarch deserved the same private rights as his humblest subject. While filling the role of a trusted foul-weather friend, he was also compiling a diary of events. From this evolved a full narrative, completed in 1958 but laid aside. Unknown to his closest associates, the manuscript was found among personal papers in postmortem tell-all.