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Arguably the Very Best Book on This Subject, 9 Jan 2014
An updated version of the authors’ original 1987 book, now considered a classic, on the Profumo Affair and the framing of Stephen Ward. This meticulously-researched book is considered by many scholars and historians the absolute authority on the subject. It has been used as the basis for nearly all books published since then and is the principal reference for the current Andrew Lloyd-Weber musical, “Stephen Ward.”
Kennedy and Knightley (I am curious as to why their names have been swapped around for this version of the book) offer the reader a fascinating insight into the man at the very heart of this very British scandal. The authors were the first to clearly lay out the reasons as to why and how Stephen Ward was scapegoated. And they give a very vivid and frightening picture of the abuse of power from Macmillan downwards. Many people they interviewed spoke out for the very first time about the terrible and tragic events that threatened to totally disrupt their lives and ruin their reputations.
The result is a very poignant but also very relevant story in this day and age where political corruption, abuse of power and victimization still occurs. It seems, sadly, that governments, police forces and the judiciary have still not learnt from the terrible blunders of the past. And the Establishment still remains as unsavoury and as self-serving today as they always were.
I read this book in two days. I was so gripped, so infuriated, so caught up by the events that I couldn’t put it down.