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Stephen Ward: Scapegoat - They All Loved Him…But When It Went Wrong They Killed Him

Stephen Ward: Scapegoat - They All Loved Him…But When It Went Wrong They Killed Him [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Thompson
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Global hit-maker Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new musical spotlights the world of Stephen Ward – the social cavalier who knew everyone who mattered – and his enigmatic role in the great political scandal of the 20th Century.

Yet, few truly knew the rakish charmer who was the catalytic character of The Profumo Affair.

A talented osteopath and artist, Stephen Ward treated, sketched and seduced the great and often not-so-good of the post-war years. He healed Churchill, Gandhi, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor; he drew Princess Margaret, the Duke of Edinburgh, Harold Macmillan and, of course, Christine Keeler, whose striking likeness by him hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Everyone loved the superbly well-connected Stephen Ward.

But when Christine Keeler slept with two of his friends – British War Minister John Profumo and Soviet superspy Eugene Ivanov – President Kennedy’s White House went haywire, suspicion and scandal cast a shroud over Dr Ward’s world.

In the middle of a nuclear poker game, Stephen Ward soon had MI5 and MI6 snapping at his heels, along with the KGB, the CIA and the FBI at his shoulder. The spooks all feared what he might know – or do. The British Establishment, keen to see him gone, brushed him off.

The infamous persecution, torturous trial and death of Stephen Ward still shocks. Now, best-selling author Douglas Thompson has traced confidants of Stephen Ward, speaking for the first time in more than half a century; along with newly-discovered government documents, he has gathered their eyewitness accounts of Downing Street intrigue, sex orgies and dangerous liaisons. Posterity is ferociously capricious but there are still those alive who know the secrets and the true story of Stephen Ward, which is brilliantly told here in Scapegoat.

About the Author

Douglas Thompson is the author of "Clint Eastwood" and "Madonna v. Guy."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4185 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (16 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6V0EBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Douglas Thompson is the author of more than twenty books. A biographer, broadcaster and international journalist, he is a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines worldwide. His books, published in a dozen languages, include the television-based anthology Hollywood People, and best-selling biographies of Madonna, Clint Eastwood, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dudley Moore, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio. He collaborated with the billion dollar dancer Michael Flatley on his Top Ten story 'Lord of the Dance'. His books have been serialised in newspapers and magazines throughout the world. With Christine Keeler, he wrote her revealing memoir The Truth At Last, an instant best-seller. He worked as a consultant on the tie-in television documentary on the Profumo Affair. Working with eminent psychotherapist Pauline Sutcliffe, he told the poignant story of her brother Stuart, who named and helped found the Beatles with John Lennon. His book 'The Hustlers', about gangsters and gambling in 1960s' London, is being developed for film and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary. His DVD contributions to a celebration of Clint Eastwood's career were commemorated in a special box set of Eastwood movies. He has worked with many Hollywood stars on their memoirs. A recent success was Stephen Ward: Scapegoat , a study of the rakish charmer at the centre of the Profumo Scandal. His upcoming 'Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught the World to Dance' tells one of the most romantic, tearful but uplifting stories of the 20th Century. He is a director of one of Britain's leading
literary festivals, and divides his time between a medieval Suffolk village and California, where he
was based as a Fleet Street correspondent and columnist for more than twenty years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hostage to fortune 26 Aug 2014
I was nearly 14 when the Profumo scandal broke, and I can remember most of my school salivating over it. The Establishment had already been assailed by the slings and arrows of TW3, and was now literally caught with its pants down (whether in congress with Stephen Ward’s protegees, or – as Thompson tells us – as Ward’s patients, e.g. Prince Philip and Churchill). Half a century on, young readers may find this tame stuff, but back then politicians were, supposedly, above reproach, and older generations were outraged. Thompson gives a fair amount of coverage to this, but is mainly concerned to build up the picture of how Ward developed a double life as fashionable osteopath and amateur procurer, eventually for it all to backfire on him.
The bottom line is that the public love a scandal, but the Establishment are always keen to use a scapegoat (there are parallels such as the conspiracy theory about the tragic death of David Kelly over the Iraq WMD dossier; there are many others, including of course Oscar Wilde). It has always been accepted that the Profumo scandal helped the Labour Party to win the 1964 election, but I hadn’t realised until reading this book the role of George Wigg (described by Thompson as “Wilson’s witchfinder-general”) in stirring the pot on the Profumo case, and thus unintentionally contributing to Ward’s downfall. Of course, had Profumo done “the decent thing” and not lied in the Commons, he might have gone quietly, and Ward might not have been brought down with him.
Thompson has evidently taken advantage of Cabinet papers released under the 50 year rule in 2013.
I haven’t read any other books about the Profumo/Ward case, though I have seen the excellent film Scandal, which rang true for me. I am, therefore, prepared to take most of what Thompson says on trust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ HIGHLIGHTS CORRUPT 6 Sep 2014
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Absolutely brilliant. Cant really say much about this book as the title says it all. Once again the titled gents and MP's go scott-free while the likes of Stephen and Christine are left to face the brunt of it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THEY" Killed him. 21 April 2014
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What a tragedy.
It couldn't happen today.
There is a case for a full appeal against the conviction.
A posthumous reprieve is a justifiable option.
Read it and be amazed.......with despair!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 13 Aug 2014
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A brilliant an insight into the corrupt state of politics at that time (nothing changes there then) ...and Stephen ward was made a scapegoat ..without a doubt ....brilliant read .
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