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Andrew Morton (1) (1953–)

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Andrew Morton studied history at the University of Sussex, England with a focus on aristocracy and the 1930s. He is the author of numerous biographies featuring the British Royal Family as well as celebrities including Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna. His books include Diana: Her True vis mere Story, Duchess: An Intimate Portrait of Sarah, Duchess of York, and 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History, and Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Andrew Morton

Diana - den sande historie (1992) — Forfatter — 1,529 eksemplarer
Monica's Story (1999) 319 eksemplarer
Diana: Her New Life (1994) — Forfatter — 214 eksemplarer
Madonna (1847) 183 eksemplarer
The Queen: Her Life (2022) 179 eksemplarer
Angelina (2010) 139 eksemplarer
Diana: In Pursuit of Love (2004) 116 eksemplarer
William & Catherine : their story (2011) 110 eksemplarer
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess (2018) 95 eksemplarer
Inside Buckingham Palace (1991) 57 eksemplarer

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BooksInMirror | 10 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
The best book about the Royal family I've read so far. Andrew Morton doesn't try to sensationalize their lives or dig up any dirt. He sticks to the facts in this engaging read.
RRabas | 3 andre anmeldelser | Jun 16, 2023 |
This is an episode and period of history that has always fascinated me. Some of my favourite fictional works (The King's Speech, The Remains of the Day) have dealt with this, and loaned it some drama and intrigue. It turns out, the real story is almost as interesting. The reluctant playboy king, in love with someone who would never be accepted by his people (family, government, or subjects), sympathetic to one of the coldest and most vicious regimes ever to gain power in the west. That is life imitating art. This book reveals much more than this part of the story, with hidden documents, complex diplomatic maneuvering, and political intrigue adding to the romantic tension. However, as I plowed through this, I found I was really only interested in the romantic part, and fascinated by the incredibly terrible things the Nazi regime did. But the former is covered in the very beginning of the book, and the latter is really a whole different book. I found myself skipping through the last few chapters, interested to discover what became of the ex-king after the war, but not much more. So, it was mostly enjoyable, but got bogged down in details toward the end. Still an interesting read.… (mere)
karenchase | 21 andre anmeldelser | Jun 14, 2023 |
This is definitely not what I learned in history. But of course, my history classes were prior to when WWII information was declassified. I guess that dates me. I was told that the reason the Duke of Windsor abdicated the throne was for purely romantic reasons. This book paints an entirely different view and that view is well substantiated by the "hidden Windsor files" among other things.
This is the story of Edward VIII and how he came to be the Duke of Windsor. His behavior prior to when he became king was certainly unbecoming. The details of that behavior are given as if in a novel and thankfully without the unnecessary psycho-analytical stuff. Wallis Simpson's behavior is also accurately described and it is easy to see why the British Royals referred to her as "that woman."
The first third of the book describes their backgrounds and how these two self-centered people came to be together. From the read, they probably deserved each other. Their pettiness and concern for themselves is well-depicted in the recounting of how overly concerned they were with the retrieval of their precious linens in Paris while their countrymen feared for their lives. It is appalling! And that doesn't even compare with their views of Hitler and the Nazis.
The middle third of the book is about how this feckless duo ended up in the Bahamas. They wanted the prestige of being royalty without the responsibility. They wanted the wealth of royalty but they did not want to pay taxes or use any of their own money for travel. They acted like parasites!
The last part of the book is about the actual cover-up of the pair's behavior and the struggle between historians and governments in how to deal with all the incriminating evidence against them. I found it difficult to fathom how, when confronted with actual telegrams sent before and during the war, that the Duke and the British government declared them falsifications. A point is made that the war documents were used in the Nuremburg Trials, and yet they are stated to be inaccurate when revealing unbecoming behavior of a British royal.
Reading an account of something like this makes one appreciate how history is recorded and interpreted. I now have a totally different opinion of the House of Windsor. Just for starters, it was never told in my earlier history classes that the Duchess of Windsor was not just a divorcee - she was twice divorced with 2 living husbands when she married the Duke. AND she had her affair with the Duke while she was still married to her second husband.
I have one beef with the book: the 17 carnations as part of the title is a bit lame since that seems to be based on unsubstantiated information. I expected more from this than what was written.
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Kimberlyhi | 21 andre anmeldelser | Apr 15, 2023 |



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