Customer Review

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Changes, 6 Jan 2013
This review is from: An English Affair (Hardcover)
This latest book of Davenport-Hines, like his book about the Titanic disaster,focuses on the underlying political and social mores of the times as well as the details of the so-called Profumo Affair.

In so doing he reveals the hypocrisy, lying, snobbery and deceit of the 60's. For this reviewer the most disturbing feature of the whole Affair was not the sexual antics of the MP Jack Profumo, hardly novel then or now, but the appalling treatment of Stephen Ward who was deserted by his friends in high places, and stitched up by the police. Witnesses were even leaned on by the police to get a conviction. Ward was a playboy osteopath but he did not deserve the way he was treated by the establishment.
His death by suicide remains a blot on all those involved in his character assassination.

This is a fascinating account of an event that has been written about many times. The author rightly reminds readers that Profumo's real crime was not his antics with an indiscreet young woman of dubious morals but the fact that he lied to Parliament, an unforgivable crime.

Given the recent revelations about police corruption and financial fraud by MP's one wonders if anything has changed for the better this past 50 years. Sexual repression has been eradicated only to be replaced by sexual licence while police misbehaviour remains extremely worrying.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.9 out of 5 stars (75 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (32)
4 star:
 (25)
3 star:
 (5)
2 star:
 (6)
1 star:
 (7)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 600