"The Duchess of Windsor" by Diana Mosley.
"At a dinner party in Paris in the 1960s, somebody asked the question: "What would you wish for if you could have one wish?" Variations on the theme of health and wealth as a means to happiness followed, with the accent on wealth. The Duke of Windsor was one of the guests; he remained silent until prodded by the Duchess. 'Tell us what you would wish for?' she said. 'You,', was the reply. Nobody who knew them doubted that this answer was simply the truth. She was all the world to him."
"To try and discover something about the woman who inspired such a deep and lasting love, and the man who lavished it upon her, is the purpose of this book."
So begins the author's forward to the book, most enchantingly, but alas, that's the best part. Except for the photos. There are over 140 pictures, many from the personal collections of the Duke and Duchess, who were lifelong friends of Mosley. The pictures are fascinating and worth reading the book for: they hung with Churchill, Hitler, and everyone who was anyone.
Diana Mosley herself was a legend: she was considered, at 18, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and brilliant as well: it was said that when she entered a room, conversation stopped as people simply stared at her. She was imprisoned, along with her husband, Oswald Mosley, in Britain during World War II after being classified as a Nazi sympathizer. After the war, she resumed her position as an avatar of British elegance and the ruling class.