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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. He was mixing with the elite, staying in a house in the grounds of Cliveden, family home of the Astors, and yet incongruously picking up girls on the street. Despite his dubious behaviours, it is a fact that none of the women approached by Ward have anything unkind to say about him - he never attempted to corrupt girls, but approached women he already knew to be involved in the more seedy side of life and he was always courteous and kind. It simply seemed to amuse him to bring the two sides together and, undoubtedly, being a provider of beautiful women made him a desirable guest at the parties and places he was keen to gain access to. In fact, if anything, it is John Profumo - a man who took Christine Keeler to his own family home and marital bed and who even brought her the same perfume as his wife to cover up his adulterous behaviour - who comes out of the book in a worse light. Certainly not the behaviour of a gentleman, regardless of his class and status.

In this interesting read, you are taken through events; who knew what and to what extent Stephen Ward was involved with MI5. It was a fact that both MI5 and the Special Branch had been running surveillance on both Ward and Ivanov. Did Ward have communist sympathies? Did he disclose what he knew to MI5 and, if so, did it help or hurt him personally? Was J F Kennedy linked to what happened, at the sensitive time of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis? Of course, you will read this book and make up your own mind - and it may well differ from the conclusions of the authors. Either way, this is an extremely well written account of those times and, although it does take a point of view and not remain unbiased, the authors always try to back up their statements with evidence. Whatever you decide at the end of this book, it is certain that you will enjoy reading this very interesting account of a scandal which still fascinates today.
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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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on 23 January 2014
I am old enough to have lived through this period and , for me, the important thing was the way in which our view of the 'Establishment' changed after this event. Regretfully, we have moved beyond the then so-called certainty to a world of almost total randomness. Who will be the next Steven Ward?..or do we already have several..... Rebecca Brooks, Charlie Coulson, Fred Goodwin...?
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on 7 January 2014
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. Those that loved him, felt awful and ill at ease, that they were unable to save him due to the way the whole thing was spun, it would have ruined anyone who came within a mile of it all and this was terrifying at the time.

It feels criminal that so many men walked off free, men who affectively murdered an innocent man in order to protect themselves and elevate themselves - if evil was present, it was with such men as Labour MP John Lewis who held a grudge against Stephen Ward, one of pure and utter jealousy. It is disgraceful that MP John Lewis was not found to be guilty as he indeed was, it is him that should have been on trial for his steady drip campaign against innocent Stephen Ward. He was a ghastly and unimaginably spiteful and most evil character. It is long over due that the ultimate truth were known.

Unfortunately for Stephen Ward, he was way ahead of his time, he hated snobbery and it needs pointing out that he had no need of it himself (he was a thoroughbred himself) - he loved people from all walks of life and this made him vulnerable to some of the more stuffy opinions held by some of his peers who despised him for his unconventional views. When you fully appreciate that Stephen Ward believed in the brotherhood of man and you are made aware of the true back-ground of the man, you will see he had no need to climb the social ladders - he was already above the others by a long way - viewing things the way they really were.

There is significant evidence that without Stephen Ward's ability to walk along side all walks of life, as he proudly did, having the multitude of contacts that he had, that the Cuban Missile Crisis may not have been healed so affectively without him. MI5 used Stephen Ward's ability to mix with everyone. We are still prevented so it would seem, to hear that Stephen Ward may have played an extremely important role in saving the world!

Readers of this book and indeed any others relating to Stephen Ward, should ultimately pray that the evidence of what really happened, if it has not already been tampered with, should be released from the Archives.

There were a great many powerful people in high places who used Stephen Ward as a scapegoat very successfully at the time to cover up what was really the truth.

There should be a statue made to properly celebrate Stephen Ward's many talents, he helped many a poor person without ever mentioning the good he was doing - without charging and he really did perform miracles. He was artist meriting significant recognition for his talent - he was able to produce work of a very high standard in an incredibly short time - what a pity they killed such a talented human being, blessed with such feeling and passion for enhancing people's lives. He was perhaps simply unwise to have trusted some of those around him that exploited him and then were frightened to stand up for him when things got wound up against him - remember, there were people who were extremely jealous of him - he was doing perhaps a little too well!
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on 19 January 2014
Occasionally one event represents a watershed. Fifty years ago, the Profumo affair illustrated the state of post-War Britain, prompting a counter-culture world of TWT3, the growth of pop culture in "Swinging London", the Beatles, the professionalisation of sport; but more importantly it finally put the lid onto the coffin of a Conservative Government weakened by Suez, it killed off the political career of the Minister of War, "Jack" Profumo, catapulted the "young" boy Harold Wilson and Labour as the real alternative Government, and high-lighted the ever presence of the ageing Edwardian "Establishment", with its hypocritical public school code of dis/honour. The Soviet naval attaché, also Soviet military intelligence officer, Captain Yevgney Ivanov, the "Man with the gold tooth", was reported to have told Mandy Rice-Davies: "What you've got is more powerful than the atom bomb". If the girl guessed the comment was a come on and demanded a short chuckle, the officer indeed was very serious.

When the first edition of this book appeared 25 years ago as Honey trap Honey Trap, coinciding with the film Scandal Scandal [DVD], it showed how the counter-culture had fused itself into the system, as well as how the Establishment had assimilated with anything anti, because Profumo could no longer arouse typical pro and anti debates. Anything favourable, starting with the official Denning Report, was tainted by cover-up, rumour, lies and silence. The Lords voted to block a BBC documentary. Silence. After another quarter century, and Lloyd-Webber's Stephen Ward musical stage production, the book is still valid as it re-presents the old and any new evidence available. Summers & Dorril don't accuse; they propose alternative theories, so allowing readers to decide for themselves the right possible answers, which often might coincide with their own version left at the end.

In traditional Establishment language no one would dispute the authors' conclusion that Profumo was a bounder who lied, let all his friends and colleagues, Henry Brooke, Iain Macleod and Martin Redmayne down, and behaved like a proper cad to his wife, the former actress, Valerie Hobson, preferring to suffer on in silence for the sake of the family, and over time his moment of summer madness was partly wiped clean and forgiven with his appointment of the CBE. Bravo! First impressions, however, can deceive as life back at the Profumos was not so hunky dory, and had the Keeler affair failed to bear fruit in compromising the playful Minister, the authors now have knowledge the Soviets had Plan B in the pipeline to compromise sweet accommodating Val.

As for Premier Harold Macmillan, today it is felt he was much more informed about Profumo's continuing "indiscretions" than it seemed at the time when his Minister lied in Parliament in March 1963, and in later life he may even have tried to deceive researchers when he claimed Profumo could not have known of important atomic secrets to pass on to the Soviets. Despite the so-called "Night of the Long Knives", when seven Cabinet Ministers were sacked in July 1962, with the benefit of hindsight one begins to query how strong Macmillan really was, not to demote or dismiss Profumo earlier, and save what was saveable of his "You have never had it so good" administration.

The volume, written by journalists, presents the historical idea that a single person or one event per se was not historically decisive; rather, it was a multitude of individuals each with their own agendas, grudges interacting across a chain of developing events which created a situation that ultimately determined the final possible decision, which over the passage of time could have differed should the minor and major protagonists have taken alternative decisions.

At one time it was decided by the powers that be - which are not those elected regularly by people, but the intelligence services, MI5 and MI6, behind the scenes, to make an example of the small outsider, the osteopath Dr Stephen Ward, by discrediting him personally as a man, falsely presenting him as a pimp, a pushy second rate artist (he was a credited society artist), a traitor, and with past school friends in the court of misinforming British society with suitable lengthy, entertaining revelations to hide or justify the real truths, and create what Profumo's lawyer, Lord Goodman, described as "an historic injustice". In time the tabloids would have had a field day in satisfying impressionable and double-standard readers with further gossip from those with the nuggets: including the stunning, dumb Christine Keeler, and her cat-like, and her brighter street-wise accomplice, Mandy, helped because the dirty older creature, Ward was dead, a suicide attempt, proving without doubt to all the guilt which the court had previously declared. Secrets die with the dead, even of little people, and the system and the nation can safely sail on into the sunset.

But what if the suicide was something more, such as "assisted", surely one says that is different. Dare we whisper murder? Like two salivating dogs chasing their tasty bone, Summers & Dorril have followed their star in this edition, and without fears of slander can provide a name, and demonstrate the entire affair, which Profumo's preferred to describe as "a giggle in the evening", as an episode about intelligence.

It was lucky, therefore, that the officers involved were so incompetent, and the attempt was botched, so demonstrating first a cover up operation had been ordered to silence Ward for good; for should the virus of Ward had not been quashed, more scandals involving other members of Macmillan's government would have surfaced risking embarrassing more painful debates than those faced by another long dying Conservative administration thirty years hence. And that damaged government got out of the political wilderness after 13 years! Macmillan had already admitted on resignation that he felt he was being hounded both by foreign foes and by devious, selfish, unpatriotic Tory colleagues within his Party; which confirms his silence about Profumo was perhaps less due to innocence and not being misinformed but was a planned damage limitation strategy. Fact or speculation?

Was Ward a simpleton, a voyeur, a traitor, a double-agent? Who is really to be sure as he often liked to show off and lie. Neither Keeler nor Rice-Davies thought so, though Christine behaved as a persistent liar, repeatedly fibbing in court. So is she a reliable witness to use? The authors believe only by a thorough investigation of events can they decide, and conclude stating that sometimes Keeler was, while in others she was not.

Finally, in 1963, Lord Denning's Report limited his findings to domestic issues, whereas if he was completely honest he should have widened his goals. Ah, but that would have let Ward go free and that was not wanted. When Honeytrap was published any mention of overseas interests in the 1980s, though controversial, was considered normal during the Cold War and justified to ensure peace, because the big bad Russian Bear was obviously pursuing equally illegal operations.

In the US Summers & Dorril state Profumo provoked much interest not only because Keeler and Rice-Davies were known, but also two others: n°3 Stella Cape, a.k.a Mariella Novotny, and n°4 Suzy Chang, and they all were involved at some time with one J.F. Kennedy, the President, something which was thought highly sensitive. Thus, should ever any paper publish stories of the President's involvement with these girls, the FBI was called in to investigate and soon the paper was silenced with threats of anti-trust suits instigated by Kennedy's highly strung younger brother Bobby, the US Attorney General. Due to the popularity of the Kennedys, should any rumour spread of possible heavy handedness emanating from the White House it would be disregarded, deemed suspect being advanced by anti-Americans or Communist fellow travellers. But following the Watergate break in, and Nixon's dirty tricks against Vietnam vets in the 1970s, illegal operations by G.W. Bush, as well as information given by whistleblowers recently on the people's private e-mails and internet use such an idealistic vision of the Presidency in the US is viewed infantile. So any revelations of earlier Presidential interest would no longer be considered something implausible.

What is more, US intelligence was aware that Ward and Ivanov were operating in Britain as self-appointed negotiators during the Cuban Missile crisis in October 1962. Since J.F. Kennedy was known to the girls associated with Ward, who in turn was known to be acting as a messenger/ go-between the Soviets it would not be impossible to feel that this President was duly compromised, information which the FBI Director, J Edgar Hoover, no fan of the Kennedys, would be happy to use against them in future should the opportunity arise.

British intelligence was poorly thought of first after the defection of Burgess and Maclean in 1955, and later by Philby in July 1963, and the US was starting not to pass on secrets with its unreliable special partner. Did it suspect that the British intelligence services were acting independently from their political bosses as was happening in the US. Both Kennedy and his agents realised that Macmillan's days were numbered, but were his services already in the know and imagine that which occurred to a later Labour administration which felt that its own intelligence services were operating against itSmear!: Wilson and the Secret State.

Is there any link between Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in autumn 1963, the Cuban missile crisis and Profumo? Not in this volume Not In Your Lifetime: The Assassination of JFK. Was it Khrushchev angry final response to Ivanov's failed honey trap, or were Hoover's operatives involved? Another cover up, in any case.

And the future? Why won't the Profumo papers come into the public domain until 2064? For fear of damaging members of the Royal Family - King William V, aged 80, born 19 years after the scandal, or Prince Philip (dead) and Princess Margaret (longer dead)? The monarchy is no longer depicted as at the coronation in 1952, nor as during the annus horribilis in 1992; similarly it was not as during Victoria's reign when the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) was rumoured to be connected with the murdered girls of Jack the Ripper, nor as in 1936 at the abdication of Edward VIII over Mrs Simpson - a person Mandy Rice-Davies went to lunch with many years later. Evidence or coincidences? The monarchy moved on, evolved and survived. There must be something still unimagined - so, to the Anthony Summers & Stephen Dorril's next instalment in 25 years time when we finally may learn the truth of why knickers ended a political career and perhaps two administrations.
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on 10 December 2013
This is only one of a number of books being published or republished for the 50th anniversary of Stephen Ward's trial and its part in the Profumo Affair.

I found it difficult to read. Rather than a dispassionate discourse about the events, it's style is that of the purple prose more usually associated with 'red top' tabloid journalism, with a new 'sensational' finding round almost every corner. And there is a rather moralising tone evident throughout.

Even if I'm reasonably well acquainted with the facts, I found the story very hard to follow here.

There is quite a lot of emphasis on the US interest in the Profumo Affair, more than in other books; at the end, I wasn't really clear why so much detail was needed.

If you are looking for a more complete picture, try Kennedy and Knightley's 'How the Establishment framed Stephen Ward'; Richard Davenport's 'The English Affair' is good on the general background.
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on 5 February 2014
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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on 21 December 2013
I have just purchased this book and will read over Christmas. I note that Anthony Summers and Stephen Dorril wrote the book HONEYTRAP in 1987 Sex, Security - The Devastating Expose of the British Establishment wite update How Did Stephen Ward Die.
The postscript states that Stanley Rytter was paid to kill Stephen Ward. A Polish émigré paid by British Intelligence. He was with him when he overdosed and was at the hospital with his daughter when Stephen Ward's death was confirmed.
Please can someone clarify whether the new book Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward: Sex, Scandal and Deadly Secrets in the Profumo Affair is new version of same book with the latest case that Stephen Ward's conviction must be overturned. The wreath at his funeral made up of 100 white carnations with card signed by Kenneth Tynan made it clear - To Stephen Ward Victim Of Hypocrisy.
Peter Hart
[[ASIN:1472216644 The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward: Sex, Scandal and Deadly Secrets in the Profumo Affair
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on 9 January 2014
Having read all the books I can about the so-called "Profumo Scandal" I think I can write with, at least, some authority on the subject. I read the Kennedy-Knightley book first "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward", followed by the Davenport-Hines book on the social history of the period, More recently I read Geoffrey Robertson's "Stephen Ward is Innocent, OK" and the contemporary book by Ludovic Kennedy (any relation to Caroline Kennedy?) "The Trial of Stephen Ward". All these others, without exception, are serious books about a very murky era of British politics. Sadly, Summers & Dorril latch onto all the oft-spoken, but long ago demolished rumours and innuendo about Stephen Ward. Added to this they now make some preposterous claim in their new book that Stephen Ward was murdered by a Polish man in the service of MI5! According to letters to the editors of the Times and Telegraph, the only other people present in the flat the night Ward died were his then girlfriend Julie Gulliver and his friend, Noel Howard-Jones. And, according to Howard-Jones neither Summers nor Dorril even attempted to interview him or Julie Gulliver to ask whether they subscribed to the murder theory which they, most adamantly, do not.

To write a book entirely based on rumour, innuendo and gossip is unwise to say the least. And it is a sorry state of affairs if readers like me who want to get to the truth about what happened, should be forced to read rehashed "fantasies" such as this rather than a true and honest account.
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on 21 July 2014
Brilliant. Loved every page of it. A lot of detail into info not made public at the time. Once again a story of how the rich and titled and MP's get off scott-free.
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