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Bloch, Michael

Works: 85 works in 312 publications in 6 languages and 7,687 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Personal correspondence  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Diaries  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: DA581.W5, 941.0840924
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Most widely held works about Michael Bloch
Most widely held works by Michael Bloch
Wallis and Edward : letters, 1931-1937 : the intimate correspondence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Wallis Warfield Windsor( Book )

23 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was the most scandalous love affair of the century -- that of Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom he gave up his throne. By now the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is of course legend. But here it is told as never before -- through a remarkable collection of intimate letters that have been totally unknown to the public until now. At the heart of this volume are the extraordinary letters exchanged by the lovers themselves, from their improbable first meeting in 1931 -- Wallis socially obscure, Edward then Prince of Wales -- till the moment they married at the Chateau de Candé in 1937. Perhaps the most romantic documents of our time, they chart the course of Edward's overwhelming passion for Wallis, dramatically illuminating the mystery of their attraction. "God bless WE forever my Wallis," he writes to her. The letters are also of considerable historical importance, as the completely alter our opinion of the Duchess's role; it is now disclosed that she desperately tried to prevent the abdication through a secret plan. The letters reveal, too, what really transpired between the ex-King and his family. In addition to the correspondence between the lovers are Wallis's letters to her favorite aunt, Bessie Merryman, when Wallis was still married to Ernest Simpson, a conventional London businessman, and striving for a place in society. Not only do these letters provide a fascinating account of Wallis's developing relationship with the man born to be King, but they create a striking view of life in London in the years between the wars. Indeed, one discovers an extraordinary counterpoint between the middle-class world Wallis inhabits at Bryanston Court, where she is burdened with money problems and servant troubles, and the "dream" world of the Prince of Wales which gradually takes over. In the course of the letters to Aunt Bessie, we see Wallis transformed from an ordinary matron to the most talked about woman on earth, surrounded by the likes of Lady Cunard, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten, Lord Beaverbrook and Winston Churchill, vacationing in Cannes, Biarritz and aboard luxury yachts. Enormously moving and revealing, Wallis and Edward is finally the portrait of a more elegant age and of the two individuals who typified it. Michael Bloch, who spent six years of research in the Windsor archives in Paris, has masterfully assembled and annotated the letters. - Jacket flap
Ribbentrop by Michael Bloch( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the bizarre individuals projected into high office by Hitler's revolution, none was more improbable than Joachim von Ribbentrop. Universally regarded by his peers as foolish, incompetent, and arrogant, Ribbentrop advanced in only a few short years to the position of Hitler's Foreign Minister. A successful middle-class merchant of mediocre intellect, Ribbentrop owed his position largely to the fact that he was deeply in thrall to two people--an ambitious, dominating wife and the demonic Fuhrer, who saw in him a spineless creature he might bend totally to his will. In 1936 Hitler appointed Ribbentrop, then only in his early forties, Ambassador to London. Having become a laughingstock in England, Ribbentrop returned home eighteen months later determined to plot a war against England. After less than two years, Ribbentrop forged the notorious nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union, clearing the way for Hitler to attack Poland and launch World War II. Ribbentrop spent the war years trying to solidify the Axis alliance. Although he was the only Nazi to have moved in Jewish circles before the Third Reich, he became deeply implicated in the "final solution." In the wake of German defeat, Ribbentrop was convicted as a war criminal and hanged at Nuremberg. Michael Bloch vividly portrays this tragicomic and historically neglected figure.--Adapted from book jacket
The secret file of the Duke of Windsor by Michael Bloch( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and French and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It had always been the Duke of Windsor's intention to explain to the world everything that had happened to him after the Abdication. In 1975 the Duchess of Windsor confided many secret documents from the Duke's personal archive into the hands of her French lawyer, Maitre Suzanne Blum, with the written instruction that they were to form the basis of a book relating the unknown story of the Duke and Duchess's long exile. In turn Maitre Blum entrusted the collection to the distinguished historian Michael Bloch, allowing the extraordinary truth to be told. Here then, for the first time, that truth is revealed
The Duchess of Windsor by Michael Bloch( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Which so infatuated the Prince of Wales? Why did she never have children? Michael Bloch, who spent ten years as Maitre Blum's assistant is the ideal person to provide this biographical reassessment. In it he dispels much of the mystery that has surrounded her, and paints a vivid portrait of a courageous, glamorous and unusual individual - perhaps in some ways not a woman at all
Operation Willi : the Nazi plot to kidnap the Duke of Windsor by Michael Bloch( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Duke of Windsor's war : from Europe to the Bahamas, 1939-1945 by Michael Bloch( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deep romantic chasm : diaries, 1979-1981 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighth volume of James Lees-Milne's diaries, this volume differs from previous collections in that they show Lees-Milne developing an overwhelming "tendresse" for a much younger man. He records the doubt, happiness and guilt that accompany an emotion he did not expect to feel again
James Lees-Milne : the life by Michael Bloch( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Lees-Milne is remembered for his work for the National Trust, rescuing some of England's greatest architectural treasures. Michael Bloch portrays a life rich in contradictions, in which an unassuming youth overtook more dazzling contemporaries to emerge as a leading figure in the fields of conservation and letters
Holy dread : diaries, 1982-1984 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ninth volume of James Lees-Milne's diaries, the ardour towards their eventual editor "M", has cooled to a more durable tenderness, and while his bride's finger waits outstretched, Kenneth Clark discusses with the priest the Coptic wedding ring he has chosen
The reign & abdication of Edward VIII by Michael Bloch( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Jeremy Thorpe's rapid rise and spectacular fall from grace is one of the most remarkable in British politics. Leader of the Liberal Party in 1967 at the age of 37, he seemed destined for great things, but a time-bomb was already ticking
Ceaseless turmoil : diaries, 1988-1992 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this eleventh volume of his diaries, James Lees-Milne forges resolutely into his eighties, his interest in life undiminished and his observations as sharp as ever. He discusses architecture with the Prince of Wales and royal mistresses with Princess Michael of Kent. As the grand old man of country house conservation, he becomes a media celebrity, but he declines a CBE and refuses to be photographed by Lord Snowdon. He reads in The Times of the death of the boy who seduced him at Eton, and publishes a novel about a German count who seduces first an English schoolboy, then the boy's mother .... These diaries chronicle a way of life and a view of the world that are rapidly vanishing."
Beneath a waning moon : diaries, 1985-1987 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Lees-Milne has been described as 'the finest, frankest and funniest diarist of the twentieth century'; and his sharpness and wit are undiminished in this, the tenth volume of the series. In his late seventies, he continues to savour new experiences, including his first visit to America and his first flight in a helicopter. As always, he captures the flavour of the age, ruefully observing how the vulgar prosperity of the mid-Thatcher years has transformed Cotswold manor houses into weekend retreats for the London rich with their cocktail bars. As candid as ever, he confesses to a pang of disappointment when Bruce Chatwin, one of several friends to have developed AIDS, makes a temporary recovery." "Like its predecessors, this volume is a treasure-trove of gossip and anecdote. The Queen is 'rather shocked' by the unconventional sex life of Lord Esher, the favourite courtier of her great-grandfather Edward VII and subject of Lees-Milne's latest biography. Elsewhere, we learn that the flamboyantly heterosexual King Edward himself once seduced a nephew. The Prince of Wales feels the mantle of John Betjeman has fallen on his shoulders, Diana Mosley explains why Macmillan rather than Ribbentrop should have been hanged after the war, Mick Jagger displays an extensive knowledge of Shakespeare, and Alan Clark admits he is bored stiff by his life in politics."--BOOK JACKET
The milk of paradise : diaries, 1993-1997 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

F.M. : the life of Frederick Matthias Alexander : founder of the Alexander technique by Michael Bloch( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Closet queens : some 20th century British politicians by Michael Bloch( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Michael Bloch examines twentieth-century British politicians who were either homosexual or not straightforwardly heterosexual, and asks some intriguing questions. Did gay men, at a time when their tastes were forbidden, make especially effective politicians, given that the double lives they were obliged to lead nurtured sharp wits, a talent to charm and dissemble, and a keen awareness of risk? Does a psychological link exist between the excitement of politics and what Oscar Wilde described as the thrill of 'feasting with panthers'? Alongside such colourful characters as Bob Boothby and Tom Driberg, Philip Sassoon and 'Chips' Channon, Jeremy Thorpe and Norman St John-Stevas, Michael Portillo and Peter Mandelson, some surprising names feature in this survey ... [This] casts new light on the long campaign to legalise homosexuality and achieve gay equality, and contains some startling revelations"--Publisher's description
Diaries, 1984-1997 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This final compilation from James Lees-Milne's celebrated diaries covers the last fourteen years of his life, when he was living on the Duke of Beaufort's Badminton estate. Old age and infirmity have not dimmed his sharpness, literacy skill or interest in the world around him, and his reflections on people, places and experiences are as vivid as ever ... Witty, waspish, poignant and candid, James Lees-Milne's last diaries contain as much to delight as the first, and confirm his reputation as one of the great commentators of his times"--Back cover
Diaries, 1971-1983 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Lees-Milne (1908-97) has been hailed as the greatest English diarist of the twentieth century. Funny, indiscreet, candid, touching and sharply observed, his journals both reveal a fascinating personality and hold up a mirror to the times. This second compilation from the original twelve volumes, also incorporating interesting new material, covers his life during his sixties and early seventies, when he was living in Gloucestershire with his formidable wife Alvilde. Having made his name as the country house expert of the National Trust and a writer on architecture, he sought to establish himself as a novelist and biographer. With some misgivings he published his wartime diaries, little imagining that it was as a diarist that he would achieve lasting fame. These diaries vividly portray the vicissitudes of a writer's lot, the merry-go-round of life on the Badminton estate of the eccentric Duke of Beaufort, and meetings with many friends including John Betjeman, Bruce Chatwin and the Mitford sisters
Diaries, 1942-1954 by James Lees-Milne( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wallis & Edward : letters by Wallis Warfield Windsor( Recording )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intimate correspondence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1931-1937
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The Duchess of Windsor
The Duchess of WindsorDeep romantic chasm : diaries, 1979-1981James Lees-Milne : the lifeHoly dread : diaries, 1982-1984Jeremy ThorpeCeaseless turmoil : diaries, 1988-1992Beneath a waning moon : diaries, 1985-1987The milk of paradise : diaries, 1993-1997
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Bloch, M.

Bloch, Michael

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