Wallis in Love

Wallis in Love

The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy

Book - 2018
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Before she was the woman who enticed a king from his throne, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish girl from Baltimore. Morton shows how she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine, taking us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and London.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455566976
1455566977
Characteristics: xi, 386 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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A portrait of the woman for whom Edward VIII infamously abdicated the British throne draws on journal entries, letters, and other previously unseen records to analyze her complex personality against the backdrop of Jazz Age London.


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claire1953
Aug 15, 2018

I have read a few books about Wallis Simpson ans was not sure I should read yet another one. Because of Andrew Morton’s access to some never seen materials (see his acknowledgments at the end of the book) we discover more information about a woman who was never truly happy. Morton emphases just how unfulfilling her marriage to the Duke of Windsor was and how he should have listened to her and not gone ahead with the abdication. She in fact knew this was to be a terrible mistake. The book also reveals the real object of her affections, Herman Rogers. Finally, the reader truly realizes how the lives of the Duke and Duchess were but a series of parties, devoid of any deep meaning or purpose.

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cardigramma
Jul 17, 2018

Not the most reliable biography of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. Even Mr. Morton can't make her a sympathetic character.

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vickmeister
Mar 21, 2018

An engrossing look at the notorious woman who inspired a king to abandon his kingdom, and changed the course of history forever. Morton delves deep into the early life of Wallis Simpson, exploring the deprivations that colored her youth and childhood, and how they seemed to have created a shallow, acquisitive social climber whose only thought was for benefiting herself regardless of how it may impact others. The book also gives insight into her complex relationships with the men whom she knew before she became the obsessive focus of Edward, the Prince of Wales, and how those relationships continued to hold impact even after he had abdicated the throne for her. Morton also provides sources that help to dispel many of the myths that surround Mrs. Simpson to the current day, and illustrates how this storied romance-of-the-century was at best a shallow sham, with the former king bullied and eventually emotionally abandoned by this infamous woman who wanted to be queen, and ended up an outcast.

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