The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life

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In the first biography since her death, Charles Higham (Brando) paints the most revealing portrait ever of the legendary American woman who caused an English king to renounce his throne--the Duchess of Windsor, a.k.a. Wallis Warfield Simpson. Illustrated.

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"Deeply researched, valuable."
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"A shocker . . . stunning . . . absolutely hypnotic. . . . Aworld of beautiful houses, ceaseless travel, trendsetting fashion,and powerful figures. . . . Fascinating revelations."
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Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, was one of the most famous womenin history, the American divorcée who captured the King ofEngland, Edward VIII, and cost him his throne. Until CharlesHigham’s 1.3 million–copy bestseller, much of her life was aglamorous mystery. Now, fifteen years later, major new documentaryevidence, classified at the time, makes for a book far moresensational than the original bestseller. Drawing fromlong–suppressed archives in France, England, and the United States,Higham has uncovered the duchess’s passionate affair with atop–ranking political figure, the duke’s romantic involvementwith a male equerry, the secret radio broadcasts the couple made toHitler, and the blackmail plot in Paris that almost broughtthem and the British royal family to ruin. This updatednew edition of The Duchess of Windsor is essential reading.

"Higham’s best. . . . Serious, deliciously fresh . . .documented by newly opened secret government files in the U.S. andEngland."
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"Smooth and entertaining."
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"An excellent biography . . . alert to every nuance."
The London Sunday Telegraph

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Charles Higham is the author of many bestselling books, including Howard Hughes, a basis of The Aviator, a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as acclaimed biographies of Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich. He received the Prix des Créateurs from the Académie Française and was a Hollywood feature writer for the New York Times from 1970 to 1980.

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