She was the first person to be named Woman of the Year by Time magazine, and yet Wallis Simpson remains one of the most reviled women in history. The social-climbing divorcee is remembered as a snob and voluptuary who came close to destroying the British monarchy. But could she have been the pawn of Allied statesmen determined to remove a Nazi sympathiser from the throne?
This memoir, found in her former Paris home, is said to have been written in the Duchess' own hand. And although the Duchess is a highly unreliable narrator, Kate Auspitz, an American historian, is a meticulous scholar, supplying pages of endnotes that ground the story firmly in published recollections of the major figures of the time. The plot rests on little-known historical details that make Wallis's role in the events entirely plausible.
"Lorelei King is astonishing. I thought I was listening to my better self when I heard the introduction to Wallis: My War , written in my voice, read in hers." (Kate Auspitz)
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Fun and interesting, too.
I might, just to catch any details I missed the first time.
The very end of the book holds an image I won't forget.
I really enjoyed the plotting among the afternoon cocktails.
I have to keep reminding myself that the book is fiction.
- Miss Pink