The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward
Sex, Scandal, and Deadly Secrets in the Profumo Affair
A tour de force account of seduction, power, and betrayal in the biggest political sex scandal of its age
The Profumo Affair rocked the British establishment like no scandal before or since. The Tory war minister, John Profumo, had taken up with a teenager named Christine Keeler, who was also sleeping with a Soviet intelligence agent. The ensuing inquiry revealed a hidden underworld in which men of the ruling classes and politicians cavorted with prostitutes at orgies. The revelations shook the British government and sent shock waves all the way to the Kennedy White House. The man at the center of the storm was Dr. Stephen Ward.
Ward was a successful doctor to the rich and powerful, a talented artist who drew portraits of many of his famous patients and fixed up prominent men with young women. He was also a pawn, ruthlessly exploited by the intelligence agencies. When the Profumo Affair threatened the government, Ward became a scapegoat, hounded to death—and perhaps murdered.
For the first time, The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward reveals the names that could not be exposed and the truths that could not be told until now.
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“A thoroughly gripping true life thriller.” — Eastern Daily Press
“An irreverent exposé of outrageous scope, even by the hypocritical standards of the British Establishment.” — Sunday Tribune (Ireland)
“Debauchery, class antagonism and espionage, a potent formula for a bestseller.” — Irish Times
“Juicy . . . admirable sleuthing.” — London Review of Books
“A convincing picture of how the Establishment closed ranks.” — The Spectator
“The research is outstanding, the whole story is told in full . . . unputdownable.” — Charles Bates, former assistant director of the FBI
About the author
Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books. As a journalist with BBC television, he covered Vietnam, the Middle East, and major issues in the United States. His investigative books have ranged from the Kennedy to the Nixon years, and he recently produced what critics praised as the definitive account of the 9/11 attacks.