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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by [Sebba, Anne]
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 “Brought to brilliant light in this responsible, respectful biography.” —Booklist on Jennie Churchill

“A rigorously objective book… Fascinating.” —Financial Times on Mother Teresa

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The first full scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the Twentieth Century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film The King's Speech.

This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne. "That woman," so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.

Acclaimed biographer Anne Sebba offers an eye-opening account of one of the most talked about women of her generation. It explores the obsessive nature of Simpson's relationship with Prince Edward, the suggestion that she may have had a Disorder of Sexual Development, and new evidence showing she may never have wanted to marry Edward at all.
Since her death, Simpson has become a symbol of female empowerment as well as a style icon. But her psychology remains an enigma. Drawing from interviews and newly discovered letters, That Woman shines a light on this captivating and complex woman, an object of fascination that has only grown with the years.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5848 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (Feb. 14 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006903B8S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nothing revealing or earth shattering regarding 'W.E.' here. Excerpts from the many letters written by Edward (David) added a personal touch but are already well known to anyone who has done any sort of research on the Duke and Duchess. The writing is sporadic mixed with very bland interviews and 3rd party references.
Not worth the read.
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The author is trying to convince you that Wallis Simpson was a good person and the Queen Mother was cruel to her. She painted Wallis as an innocent caught up in Edward VIII's life and unable to leave. I'm not convinced!
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This book was very well written. It took an old and well reported subject and breathed new life into it. The book gives you everything from Mrs. Simpson's perspective, which will leave you shocked at times (she wasn't as conniving as I thought she was!) . I would honestly recommend this took to anyone who is a fan of either royalty, history, or just the human heart/condition.
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A very negative view of the Duchess and her husband. Very interesting, especially after reading Michael Bloch's Secret Files of the Duke of Windsor, which presents a sympathetic view of both Wallis and Edward. Presumably the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes...
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I really enjoyed this book and found myself looking forward to reading a chapter each day. The author gives an unbiased account of the life of Wallis Simpson. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning more about Wallis & Edward.
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