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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (19 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472216644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472216649
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The defining book on the Profumo scandal. Updated and republished to coincide with the opening of the major new Andrew Lloyd Weber musical: Stephen Ward.

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Anthony Summers is the award-winning author of eight bestselling non-fiction books. As a BBC journalist, he covered events in the United States and wars in Vietnam and the Middle East for Panorama. His most recent book The Eleventh Day, co-authored with Robbyn Swan, was a Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History. It also won the Crime Writer's Association's Gold Dagger award for best non-fiction - which the first edition of this book also won. Summers is the only author to have won two Gold Dagger awards for non-fiction.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec 2013
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This book does not just tell the rather sordid and sad tale of Dr Stephen Ward, and examine the details of the Profumo Affair, but goes one step further and asks whether Ward was, in fact, not only made a scapegoat but even murdered. For, as Ward lay in a hospital bed, having taken a drug overdose, he was found guilty of living off immoral endings. It was the trial of the Sixties and the political scandal that brought down a government. Christine Keeler, a young girl; one of many Dr Ward certainly provided for friends and patients at his exclusive osteopathy practice, was sleeping with both Minister of War John Profumo and Russian spy Captain Yevgeny Ivanov. Obviously, the threat to national security was a real one, at a time of great political upheaval and the beginnings of the Cold War. At the centre of this scandal was Dr Stephen Ward - minor public schoolboy, osteopath, artist, a man less interested in the act of love than in being a voyeur and a provider of `Popsies' to the wealthy and influential men he aimed to impress, a social climber and, finally, a scapegoat.

This book looks in detail at Stephen Ward's early career and unhappy love affairs. If not successful in his private life, Ward was certainly a success as an osteopath - taking risks and pushing himself forward, in order to establish himself in a private practice with clients such as Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. He was a man who wanted to impress and be accepted by society, in a London where class and connections still mattered. There were wild parties and exclusive dinner parties, with Prince Philip among others. Ward was a man eager to please; to help patients by taking them to parties and arranging introductions to beautiful young girls.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S.M.C.B. on 7 Jan 2014
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The smear that framed poor Stephen Ward still seems to be ever present. Stephen was misunderstood. Others were envious of this multi-talented character and kept his true back ground well under wraps to suit the invented story they attached to him.

At the very beginning of this book, the feeling is, that the co authors have presented it in such a way that still holds on to all the garbage that was plonked on to this innocent man. There are certain facts that are so incredibly wrong that it makes it impossible to believe anything else contained within it's contents.

Bottom line, it is yet another attempt to make money out of Stephen Ward and it is not properly accepting all the 'good' that this man achieved in his shortened life.

Stephen was a life enhancing character who saved lives and built lives. He was astonishingly gifted both artistically and through his ability to heal. Sadly, we do not hear of this nearly enough.

For those that knew Stephen Ward well, it is deeply offensive that the old stuff of lies, should be allowed to stick like glue - it is so important to realise that he underwent a character assignation and this needs to be remembered by those that are writing about him - as they still seem to hang on to stuff that was said about him at the time that was deliberately fabricated in order that it would inevitably taint the opinion of almost anyone, however feeling they may have been - the frame was sealed with super-glue! It was designed to bring him down no matter what.

Literally anything to undermine him was invented and blown up out of all proportion, to such an extent that the outcome was to be that of a human sacrifice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Jenkinson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun 2014
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I was a child when the Profumo scandal broke, and yet such was the attention it garnered and the names associated with Profumo etched on the public consciousness that I feel that I have always been aware of it without, however, really understanding what happened. Now, thanks to this succinct and thoroughly researched book, I do. I’m not knowledgeable enough to comment on whether the authors have all their facts and interpretations correct, but it all seemed very convincing and plausible to me. And most certainly deeply fascinating. The examination of how Dr Stephen Ward, respected and much-liked artist and osteopath to the great and good was made a scapegoat for a scandal involving the British Establishment, makes for some riveting reading. Abandoned at the end by his friends, he committed suicide (or was murdered?) But by then the damage was done and the Establishment, as they so often do, closed ranks to salvage what they could.
I found this a truly absorbing account of a complex situation, with its many byways and vast crowd of characters, and one which the authors handle both sensitively and yet with a crusading spirit. An excellent book.
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Just finished reading the book, very interesting - I can remember the Profumo scandal vaguely back in 1963, but never quite understood it at the time....Have been wanting this book for years......very good condition and good value for th money - very happy with my purchase....many thanks...
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By Peter Ward on 5 Feb 2014
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Anyone wanting to know what happened then could do far worse than start with this. Although, as its authors admit, a full enquiry is out of the question now all government, police and similar papers should be made available so we can know how and why this man was driven to death. Alas that is unlikely, so all we have is work like this.
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