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The Truth at Last: My Story Hardcover – February 23, 2001

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If the details of the scandal itself are hazy to some, the famous photograph of Christine Keeler astride that chair is not. To re-cap: when she was 19, Keeler became involved both with Minister of War John Profumo and a Russian attach . When it became public, Profumo was forced to resign and the scandal undermined the Macmillan government. Keeler was jailed for six months and on her release her life was never the same. There have been other "biographies" of course, but only now - with both the passage of the years and the release of certain MI5 files - does she at last feel she can tell the "real" story. The publisher isn't releasing details yet because of the newspaper serialisation, but the involvement of the KGB and CIA are both discussed by Keeler. It is likely to be the familiar tale of the powerless and poor individual being used by the powerful Establishment.

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Christine Keeler, born in the Midlands, was a model of note in her teens - her portrait astride a chair by Lewis Morley has become iconic. Tried for alleged perjury after the death Steven Ward and briefly jailed, the story of her early life was adapted as the film Scandal, but the truth has been far more interesting. She now writes and presents for television, and lives in north London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; First Edition edition (February 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283072911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283072918
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eunice on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The main problem with Christine Keeler's version of the truth is that it has come far to late. Most of the named participants in the Profumo Affair are dead and cannot verify her accuracy. I am always suspicious of any ghost written autobiography being the actual words of subject, rather than a few taped conversations padded out with names, dates, facts, and figures gathered from newspaper archives and spiced up to sell more copies. This book has the style of a diligent journalist who has combed through the 60's archives and thrown in references to some of the more notorious underworld figures and celebrities, sex orgies and perversions, cloaked it with 60's nostalgia and social history of the times, and added the names of people whose paths might possibly have crossed, but not necessarily at the same time.

Given that it has taken 40 years for the book to appear, one can only assume that Ms. Keeler is supplementing her old age pension. The scandal she become involved in is very well documented. Christine Keeler was the early 60's party girl whose involvement with the War Minister and a Russian spy at the same time brought down McMillan's government. Not only was she was THE icon of the early 60's, but she was the kind of girl your mother warned you about.

It is hard for anyone who was not raised in Britain in the middle of the last century to understand just how rigid and close knit Britain's class structure was at the time. WWII notwithstanding, the system had reverted to its pre-war elitism, and no one with the wrong connections, and certainly not the wrong accent, no matter how well educated, could ever cross that barrier except by an exceptional stroke of good luck.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David E on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
The legitimacy of Keeler's autobiography does come into question. After 40 years, she manages to describe and detail certain aspects of British society that are not supported by historic fact. For example, throughout the text she manages to outline the sexual orgies of aristocratic individuals. The text does have many other questionable accounts but nevertheless Keeler utilises a tightly structured storyline to persuade the audience into observing various viewpoints. In effect, Keeler provides a fresh yet provocative insight into the Profumo Scandal which may have clearly been influenced by the Cold War hysteria and activities surrounding it.

Keeler characterises herself as a naive and exploited girl during the era by admitting to such ludicrous activities as participating in sexual games, taking drugs, acting as a pawn and an overall antisocial stance towards those around her. Keeler manages to constantly blame Stephen Ward and all those surrounding her at the time for the events that unfolded. Even throughout the later years of her life the readers are shown the unstable marriages, strained relations and laid-back manner of Keeler which causes any decent mind to evidently blame her hedonistic attitude for such events surrounding her.

Nevertheless, the text is a definite read for any individual interested by the Profumo scandal or the Cold War hysteria surrounding it. Whilst many accounts are questionable, there is truth to Keeler's autobiography and that is she is not an evil, trashy or immodest person as many media articles have interpreted her to be. Keeler is merely a different person with her own morals and values.
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By Peony on April 2, 2013
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For anyone who can remember the name Christine Keeler from the early 60's (I was a child then) you might remember the notoriety around her and for years after. This is Christine's version and of course gives a different side to the whole saga. She came from a poor background, had parents who did not care about her schooling although she was capable, was very attractive and smart, apparently an IQ of 141. So mix this all together and send her to London by herself at 17/18, she did get into a bit of bother. By working at a topless club for upper class men, she made some dubious contacts and also contacts with the establishment, for example John Profumo and a few other Lords and aristocracy. She saw it all, but they would never do anything with impropriety, would they? Would they? Christine likened it to the Romans, they would be participating in an orgy and then would be sitting there talking politics as if it was Sunday lunch. The person Christine was most influenced by was Stephen Ward a possible Russian spy. Dr Ward was mixing with Russian attache's, the establishment and men high up in the British intelligence.
A crazy boyfriend of her's caused an incident and the police and then the papers were involved. The whole thing was blown apart and the establishment got nervous. So sell the sex story to keep the public diverted away from the fact there were spies in MI5 passing secrets to the Russians, it was the height of the cold war. The USA knew there were leaks in the British Intelligence and coincidently the book "Spycatcher' backs up Ms Keeler's claims. Maggie Thatcher tried hard to stop the publication of that book. So Christine was not your typical 18 year old, but she was smart enough to survive and basically fathom out what was happening with a huge cover up.
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