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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellently researched and highly readable, 30 Dec 2013
I read this book under its original title 'An Affair of State' which was hard to track down at the time, so I am very pleased to see this re-published and easily available version.
I became interested in the story of Stephen Ward as I knew it was to be the subject of a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and I wanted some background information on both the man and the "Profumo Affair" in general as it was just a vague historical event that I had never really understood.
I have since become fascinated with his story, thanks both to the musical, and in large part to this book. It is almost too extraordinary to believe, and indeed would be wholly unbelievable if created as a work of fiction.
Although I believe the musical gives a very entertaining "potted" version of the facts, if you really want to understand the many complex twists and turns of this ultimately devastatingly sad and outrageously unfair series of events, I highly recommend you read this book. A musical, or indeed film (the movie "Scandal" for example) can never begin to explain just how events unfolded and one thing lead to another until reaching their terrible conclusion.
This book is very well researched, and so obviously a work of much dedication. It is also extremely highly readable and so compelling that I had to read it solidly without putting it down. What could potentially be a very academic read is actually a gripping and eye-opening story of one of the most interesting periods of modern history, and one of the worst miscarriages of justice in the British legal system.