Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward by Caroline Kennedy Review

A number-one *bestseller when it came out in 1987 under its original title this updated book, "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" inspired Andrew Lloyd-Weber to write a musical about Stephen Ward. It puts a whole new interpretation on the Profumo Scandal and offers a wider perspective into its complex central figure, Stephen Ward, as well as a broader insight into one of the greatest scandals of the past 100 years. "How the English Establishment Framed Stephen Ward" is a major expose of a government cover-up that has lasted half a century. It is a powerful story of sexual compulsion, political scandal, police corruption, judicial abuse and ultimate betrayal. The book reveals never-before-heard testimony that has been uncovered by the authors in the years since the sex scandal broke. Using startling new evidence, including Stephen Ward’s own unpublished memoirs and hundreds of interviews with many who, conscience-stricken, have now spoken out for the first time, this important account rips through a half-century cover-up in order to show exactly why the government of the day, the police force, the Judiciary and the security forces decided to frame Stephen Ward. At the height of the Cold War, when the world held its breath for 13 days during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the authors show how Stephen Ward acted as an intermediary between the British and Soviet governments. As the authors’ research reveals, Stephen Ward’s “trial of the century” was caused by an unprecedented corruption of justice and political malice that resulted in an innocent man becoming a scapegoat for those who could not bear to lose power. This is an epic tale of sex, lies, and governmental abuse whose aftermath almost brought down the government and shook the American, British, and Soviet espionage worlds to their core. With its surprising revelations and meticulous research, Stephen Ward’s complete story can finally be told. Currently the authors are supporting the efforts to have Stephen Ward's case referred to the Court of Criminal Appeal and his conviction overturned.

My Review:
I love to watch shows where there was a conspiracy. I also think that area 51 was and is one big conspiracy. With that being said, this book was scary to read. The authors did so much research. They read memoirs, fought courts and uncovered the truth. I can not believe how many people stood by and knew what was happening, however they did nothing to stop it. What scared me about this book was that it could be happening every day. It can also happen too anyone. Our government is strong, I would not be strong enough to fight for the answers. However somebody has too. This was a great book that talked a lot about the past and about relations between countries. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Orange Berry Book Tours. However all opinions are my own.

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