The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life

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Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, was one of the most famous women in history, the American divorcee who captured the King of England, Edward VIII, and cost him his throne. Until Charles Higham's 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 ...
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Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, was one of the most famous women in history, the American divorcee who captured the King of England, Edward VIII, and cost him his throne. Until Charles Higham's 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 duchess's passionate affair with a top-ranking political figure, the duke's 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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557732279
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix
1 A Baltimore Childhood 1
2 A Stubborn Young Lady 8
3 Running Up the Ladder 12
4 A Stylish Marriage 18
5 China 27
6 Ernest 40
7 The Prince 54
8 Moving Toward the Throne 86
9 Almost Glory 119
10 Abdication 145
11 Exile 171
12 Wedding of the Decade 198
13 Outer Darkness 263
14 A Dark Plot 315
15 Elba 336
16 Murder in Nassau 385
17 Return to Europe 402
18 Wandering Years 424
19 Late Afternoon 445
20 Evening and Night 460
Notes on Sources 485
Index 513
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