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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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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 Kingâs Speech.
This is the story of the American divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.Â âThat woman,â so called by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, was born Bessie Wallis Warfield in 1896 in Baltimore.Â 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.Â It explores the obsessive nature of Simpsonâs 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.Â But her psychology remains an enigma.Â 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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I really found nothing negative to complain about. I found several of the author's theories very intriguing but even she stated that no one will ever no the real truth behind their attraction to each other. Maybe the book won't be taught in college but I found it to be a delightful read and well worth it.
Of course, it is difficult not to be interested in a woman who basically changed history, with the abdication of the King.
Wallis was, obviously, playing the little man for what she could get out of him. She never really expected things to get to the point it did. She was not in love with him and I'm not sure he was in love with her. He needed her, which doesn't equal love.
Their romance was a 'perfect storm' of two vain, greedy, oblivious people that expected the privilege of royalty without any of the work.
While the author did much to describe the political climate during the war years and how Britain felt toward, and treated, Wallis Simpson, it fell flat after their wedding, which was really why I wanted to read the book.
I wanted to get to know Wallis Simpson more and the part I believe would be most interesting (their lives after they married) was just not there.
Reading the book was entertaining and produced a few interesting tid-bits, but I didn't find myself anxious to continually get back to the story. It just didn't hold my interest past the first few chapters.