"Before she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis's first words as recalled by her family were "me, me." From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation. Biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis's romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. We meet an extraordinary array of characters,
"All is love" -- I married a sadist -- He was simply irresistible -- "The world's biggest tease" -- Wallis stole my man -- "This weird royal obsession" -- "Mission accomplished" -- A shortlist of one -- A bounder, a libertine, and a spy -- "Wally for queen!" -- "You God-damned fool" -- I want your baby -- "Only one woman exists for him" -- "A whole nation against one woman" -- "The only man I've ever loved" -- "Ice runs through their veins" -- "Wallis, Wallis, Wallis, Wallis.".