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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Sebba Narrator: Samantha Bond Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice Laimbeer | 2/6/2014

    " Very interesting book ! Includes information from diaries and letters never before published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " I've always wanted to read a book on Wallis Simpson and this was a very good one. Actually it's a very sad story of two totally broken people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pauline | 1/20/2014

    " A lot to tell you about Wallis's early life and her early character. But nothing new toad about her marriage to David. I must admit towards the end I was bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alia Barker parsons | 12/29/2013

    " This book makes lots of unfounded assumptions. It reads as if written by a name dropping gossip, whose facts are pulled out of thin air. Frequently cites the correspondence between Edward and Wallis as self-involved. Of course they were self involved it was private love letters to one another. In an effort to appear unbiased the author slings mud at Wallis, Edward, the English government, and the press, thus leaving the reader annoyed and still uneducated two of the most fascinating characters in history! "

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