An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo - Richard Davenport-Hines - cover

An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

Richard Davenport-Hines

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Anno: 2013
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 352 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 198 x 129 mm
Peso: 320 gr.
  • EAN: 9780007435852

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WINNER OF THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS POLITICAL HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused snapshot of a nation on the brink of social revolution. Britain in 1963 - Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of a Conservative government, dedicated to tradition, hierarchy and, above all, old-fashioned morality. But a breakdown of social boundaries saw nightclub hostesses mixing with aristocrats, and middle-class professionals dabbling in criminality. Meanwhile, Cold War paranoia gripped the public imagination. The Profumo Affair was a perfect storm, and when it broke it rocked the Establishment. In 'An English Affair', the author of the critically-acclaimed 'Titainic Lives' Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to life. The cast of players includes the familiar - louche doctor Stephen Ward, good-time girls Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for War John Profumo himself. But we also encounter the tabloid hacks, property developers and hangers-on whose roles have, until now, never been fully revealed. Sex, drugs, class, race, chequebook journalism and the criminal underworld - the Profumo Affair had it all. This is the story of how Sixties England cast off respectability and fell in love with scandal.
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    Richard Davenport-Hines è uno scrittore e storico inglese. Celebre per le sue biografie (tra tutte quella dedicata ad Auden) è autore, tra gli altri, di Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin e The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics. In italiano è disponibile Una notte al Majestic. Proust e la cena modernista del 1922. Collabora abitualmente alla «Literary Review» e al «Times Literary Supplement». Nel 2012 Einaudi ha pubblicato Lo spettro del ghiaccio. Vite perdute sul Titanic (Frontiere). Approfondisci
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