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."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A shocker . . . stunning . . . absolutely hypnotic. . . . A world of beautiful houses, ceaseless travel, trendsetting fashion, and powerful figures. . . . Fascinating revelations."
--Cosmopolitan

Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, was one of the most famous women in history, the American divorcée who captured the King of England, Edward VIII, and cost him his throne. Until Charles Highamís 1.3 million-copy bestseller, much of her life was a glamorous mystery. Now, fifteen years later, major new documentary evidence, classified at the time, makes for a book far more sensational than the original bestseller. Drawing from long-suppressed archives in France, England, and the United States, Higham has uncovered the duchessís passionate affair with a top-ranking political figure, the dukeís romantic involvement with a male equerry, the secret radio broadcasts the couple made to Hitler, and the blackmail plot in Paris that almost brought them--and the British royal family--to ruin. This updated new edition of The Duchess of Windsor is essential reading.

"Highamís best. . . . Serious, deliciously fresh . . . documented by newly opened secret government files in the U.S. and England."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Smooth and entertaining."
--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"An excellent biography . . . alert to every nuance."
--The London Sunday Telegraph

About the Author:

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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