She was Wallis Warfield Simpson, Duchess of Windsor--the woman for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne. Fully documented from exclusive sources, here ...Show synopsisShe was Wallis Warfield Simpson, Duchess of Windsor--the woman for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne. Fully documented from exclusive sources, here is the whole story that unveils the secret life of one of the most talked about women of the century, from her fairy tale rise to royalty ng 4-month New York Times bestseller.Hide synopsis
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The well documented and historical facts surrounding the abdication of Edward VIII and his subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson provide ample drama requiring no further enhancement in the form of gossip, innuendo and surmise that Charles Higham sees fit to include in this flimsy and meant-to-be-tittilating biography. This book was clearly intended to appeal to the soap opera crowd. Readers interested in a factual and serious account of Mrs. Simpson's life and times would do well to avoid it.
I have been interested in the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and their life stories for many years, and as such I have read many books on this subject, including transcripts of their letters to each other and others. Theirs is an intriguing story and there are many facets to their relationship, both good and bad. To date, most books that I have read have been reasonably balanced, telling their story in a dispassionate and factual manner so that we can glimpse for ourselves into their characters and their lives. This book, however, fails completely in this respect. It adopts a very aggressive and negative approach from the start and seems to have been written with the specific aim of painting the Duchess in a bad light. In every situation when one could look at an event from two equally valid perspectives, Higham seizes the negative perspective and then hammers home his unfavourable opinion. In the end, I found his style so aggressively negative that I gave up with this book. Like many others, I have mixed thoughts about the Duchess, and because I was not 'a close friend of either couple, I accept that I will never know their innermost thoughts. However, books purporting to shed some light upon them should present the facts in a a clear, factual and unbiased manner so that the reader can form their own opinion. This book completely fails to do this. It is therefore not an enjoyable read and I cannot recommend it to others.
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