A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman, The Life of Florence Gould, by Susan Ronald

Publication Date February 20, 2018

This biography of Florence Gould, whose long life embraced most of the deadly sins from pride, greed, fame, lust and power to sheer survival, shows her to be truly A DANGEROUS WOMAN. Known to the world as an avid private collector and bountiful patron of the arts – but to her friends as the devil-may-care American beauty and man-eating literary Salonnière – I reveal the truth behind the mask of respectability, including Gould’s dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940’s occupied France. Her grave misdeeds had J. Edgar Hoover doggedly pursuing her, investigating charges of high treason for over ten years after the war.

The book will be published on February 20, 2018. As reviews come in, I will post these on this page for ease of reference.


Praise for A Dangerous Woman
“Ronald provides an unvarnished account of the life of avant-garde socialite Florence Lacaze Gould, whose dazzling, gilded lifestyle belied her dark side as a libertine, Nazi collaborator, and war profiteer . . .History lovers will welcome this impressive book about a captivating, flawed woman.” Publishers Weekly

“Drawing on many published sources, newspaper reports of Gould’s scandalous escapades, and Gould’s often fraudulent testimony when she was interrogated as a Nazi collaborator, Ronald conveys the glittering surface of Gould’s life. …. A light, lively narrative about a singular, narcissistic woman.”

I will try to add reviews as they come in. Current reviews are:

To read the New York Post Review from 25 February 2018, click on:


To read the Vanity Fair review:


To read the Wall Street Journal 3 March review:


To read The Daily Beast article 11 March:


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