The Duke of Windsor's War

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Drawing on unique sources, Michael Bloch describes the career of the Duke of Windsor during the Second World War. As a military liaison officer in France during 1939-40, he issued warnings which, had they been heeded, might have avoided the defeat of France; as Governor of the Bahamas 1940-45, he succeeded in what was regarded as one of the most difficult posts in the British Empire. But at the same time he and his wife (to marry whom he had given up a throne) had a second war to contend with – against King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who were determined to treat them as outcasts. This book caused a furore on publication, being the first work to give a detailed account of the bitter relations between the ex-King and his family.

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About the author (2012)

Born in 1953, Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge, and was called to the bar by Inner Temple. He worked for Maître Suzanne Blum, the Paris lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and wrote six books about the couple. He edited the diaries of James Lees-Milne, the National Trust's rescuer of country houses, and wrote his biography. His other biographical subjects include Hitler's Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop, and Frederick Matthias Alexander, founder of the Alexander technique.

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