A sure fire best seller, with the July Literary Guild adoption as an opportunity for extending the sale beyond the Spring impetus of the Coronation. Most of the book was written before the Simpson affair broke in the papers, and is quite obviously part of the now-acknowledged ""build-up"" of Edward for the position he must occupy in the world. Bolitho gathered the material while travelling as official narrator and companion to the Prince of Wales. Something of his boyhood, his education at Naval School and later Oxford, his war experiences; a good deal about his trips to America, Canada, India and the colonies. Objective -- a straight reporting job, with no hint of gossip. Then -- with the abdication, right about face, and Mr. Bolitho becomes condemnatory and paints no pretty picture of the prince. It seems to us to undermine the value of the book as impartial biography. It lacks perspective and the human touch, but it has definite sales appeal.