17 Carnations:

The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History

A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

A meticulously researched historical tour de force in the style of the bestselling In the Garden of Beasts

Historian Andrew Morton’s 17 Carnations combines his considerable research background with his proven talent for addictive and readable narrative, giving us a true story steeped in intrigue, suspense, and historical drama.

17 Carnations tells the story of the feckless Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, and his wife Wallis Simpson, whose affair with Joachim von Ribbentrop embroiled the duke in a German plot to use him as a puppet king during their takeover of the British Empire. Although we know that the war ended with Hitler’s defeat, Edward’s story was far from over. The duke’s collaboration with Hitler had resulted in piles of correspondence between them. This damning correspondence, now hidden in a German castle that had fallen to American soldiers, could forever tarnish the reputation of the royal family. 17 Carnations reveals, for the first time in history, the story of the cover-up of those letters, starting with a daring heist—by order of Churchill and the king themselves—to bring the letters back safely to England and out of American hands.

Morton’s unique experience and training make him the perfect person to tell this story as it’s never been told before, fusing history and entertainment to create a vivid, atmospheric chronicle of the Windsors’ darkest secrets. The shadowy connection between the House of Windsor, the German aristocracy, and Hitler has hovered on the edge of public consciousness for decades, but no royal biography or historical chronicle has been able to tell the full story—until now. Drawing on FBI documents, material from the German and British Royal Archives, and the personal correspondence of Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 Carnations is a dazzling historical drama full of adventure, intrigue, and startling revelations by a master of the genre.

Editorial Reviews

“This tale of British history, cover-ups, and surprising connections to the Nazi party truly intrigues. It provides a closer look into the world of royals during the first half of the twentieth century when there was still so much being kept secret.”

Library Journal

“Morton, author of the eye-opening Diana: Her True Story, has good storytelling credentials. His tale of the trouble cooked up by the duke and his edgy wife during WWII reads like a good spy thriller…After the war, the British royal family and the government tried to suppress evidence of the cozy relations between Hitler and the duke, and it is this sordid situation that Morton brings to exciting life.”

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Author Biography

Andrew Morton is one of the world’s best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller, as did Monica’s Story, a portrait of the young woman behind the blue dress in the Clinton White House; and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. He is the winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year by the British Book Awards and Scoop of the Year by the London Press Club.

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James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.

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