While there has been a resurgence of interest in WWI, this is the first biography of Kaiser Wilhelm in some time. It is an absorbing book about a fascinating historical/psychological case and the author tells his life story with just the right coolness of approach. The anecdotal material interspersing the hard historical fact makes for marvelously readable information. The Kaiser's mother was Queen Victoria's daughter and ""felt like a hen who had hatched an ugly duckling"". Wilhelm grew up to be a royal clown of undeveloped talent and constantly in costume. He wanted, as his subjects suspected, ""to be the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral"". Meddling was his middle name and the author follows him into all of his self-made disasters. Excellent reading in a popular subject area.