Sebba, Anne

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Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy

A deft, chilling, and long overdue biography of an American woman singled out by dark political and cultural forces that were bent on keeping women at home and “foreign” ideas out of American minds.

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation

Despite its lengthy cast of characters, Sebba's work delivers an intriguing perspective of an overlooked group during a time when all were tested beyond their limits. Paris history buffs will enjoy a new look at the city during World War II. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/16.]

American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill

The toast of London society, Jennie Jerome married well, but unlike many of her contemporaries, maintained an active social presence following her marriage...

That Woman

Sebba dispels the myths that surround the pair (such as that theirs was a love story for the ages). Charles Higham's The Duchess of Windsor: The Secret Life spends more time on their alleged Nazi sympathies. Greg King's The Duchess of Windsor: The Uncommon Life of Wallis Simpson supports the love story and defends Wallis Simpson. Sebba's more nuanced biography should be included in any collection covering this subject. Madonna's forthcoming movie on Wallis Simpson, W.E., will increase interest.

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