BERNHARD, PRINCE OF THE NETHERLANDS by Alden Hatch

BERNHARD, PRINCE OF THE NETHERLANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Throughout history the husband of a queen has had one of the most difficult roles a man can play....inevitably there is something invidious in his position--like a man who marries a movie star, doubled, and redoubled, in spades."" All this is no doubt true, and makes the outstandingly full and meaningful life of Queen Juliana's husband only the more absorbing. Despite his many princely pleasures, which range from African safaris to piloting turbojets, at 51 Bernhard has ""at last six full-time careers"": he is real head of the Netherlands Armed Forces; Ambassador Extraordinary; promoter of Dutch Industry in general and active member of several corporations' boards of directors in particular; staunch supporter of the Union of Europe; founder and chairman of the Bilderberg Conferences which are aimed at creating better relations between the U.S. and Europe; chairman of the Foundation for European Culture; and president of the Federation Equestre Internationals, which controls all international horse shows. He is a man of great charm, prtie, ability, and energy, and Mr. Alden has managed to portray him and all his faults and virtues with considerable vividness and skill. This book should also be valued by American readers for its presentation of the modern history of a country of which they are largely ignorant a country which very probably will play a leading part in any realized Common Market or U.S. of Europe.

Publisher: Doubleday