The abdication of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom shook the country to its core. Unable to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson while also remaining as King and as head of the Church, he decided to abdicate.
The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication is meticulously researched, though this does lead to some dry material to digest. Nevertheless, I appreciate the attention to detail and the fact that it does not immediately condemn the Duchess of Windsor as an evil witch who stole a King. It was quite interesting to read what was actually required for a King to abdicate – he can’t just go ‘I’m not doing it anymore, bye!’
However, the book is rather focused on this one event and if you’re looking to read the whole story of Wallis and Edward – this isn’t the book for you. Overall, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for an in-depth look at the abdication itself.