A Very Negative Account of the Duchess of Windsor Jul 25, 2009
I have been interested in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and their life stories for many years, and as such I have read many books on this subject, including transcripts of their letters to each other and others. Theirs is an intriguing story and there are many facets to their relationship, both good and bad. To date, most books that I have read have been reasonably balanced, telling their story in a dispassionate and factual manner so that we can glimpse for ourselves into their characters and their lives. This book, however, fails completely in this respect. It adopts a very aggressive and negative approach from the start and seems to have been written with the specific aim of painting the Duchess in a bad light. In every situation when one could look at an event from two equally valid perspectives, Higham seizes the negative perspective and then hammers home his unfavourable opinion. In the end, I found his style so aggressively negative that I gave up with this book. Like many others, I have mixed thoughts about the Duchess, and because I was not 'a close friend of either couple, I accept that I will never know their innermost thoughts. However, books purporting to shed some light upon them should present the facts in a a clear, factual and unbiased manner so that the reader can form their own opinion. This book completely fails to do this. It is therefore not an enjoyable read and I cannot recommend it to others.