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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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That Woman
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That Woman
July 30th, 2015
This is a well written book the reader is left in anticipation wanting to read more in each Chapter. The author makes an audacious claims about Wallis having a sexual disorder of a biological nature; however, she doesn't offer any convincing proof only speculation. Otherwise, the book is very good and she does offer convincing proof that Wallis did not originally and may never have wanted to marry the king. She got caught up in a game where she did not foresee the consequence and when it came she could not control the storm or its aftermath. She unintentionally helped the world at a critical time in history.
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That Woman
November 8th, 2014
So informative. Kept my interest the whole story. Amazing life.
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That Woman
May 16th, 2014
The author presents a very balanced picture of an essentially evil woman. Her portrayal of this self serving person gives the reader all the necessary facts to make a judgement about the Duchess. It is a scholarly and unbiased work that allows the reader to understand the evil person that was Wallis Warfield. Thanks to the author exposing such horror.
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Sheds light
August 5th, 2013
This woman has been maligned in popular media. While I did not like her by the end, I appreciated her influence. She did save Britain from the reign of an ill-suited monarch. For that they can thank her.
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