British historian Plumptre provides a good summary of the life and reign of Edward VII, Queen Victoria's son who grew old as heir apparent and eventually became a respected sovereign who served the diplomatic interests of his country. Plumptre makes Edward VII easy to like despite his extramarital relationships with Lilly Langtry and Alice Keppel. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert may have despaired over a son who resisted their control, and Queen Alexandra may have found him a difficult spouse, but he helped hold the monarchy together when his mother withdrew from public life. He also worked to make the monarchy visible to the British people and an asset to all classes. Plumptre's work includes a genealogy of the British royal family from Victoria to Elizabeth II, numerous black-and-white photographs, a good index, and a usable bibliography. Academic libraries and public libraries with readers interested in royalty should consider this book.Susan A. Stussy, Madonna Univ., Kansas City, Kan.