Books: The King & the Beaver

THE ABDICATION OF KING EDWARD VIII by Lord Beaverbrook. 122 pages. Atheneum. $4.50.

When Edward VIII decided in 1936 to marry twice-divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson, the King's friend Lord Beaverbrook was one of the first to rally to his side. Not that the Canadian-born press lord was impressed by Baltimore-bred Mrs. Simpson. He noted with a hint of irony that she had protested that she knew nothing about politics and was inexperienced in worldly affairs. Besides, "She was plainly dressed and I was not attracted to her style of hairdressing." Beaverbrook's basic motives...

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