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Maxine "Call Me Madam",
This review is from: Maxine "Call Me Madam" (Hardcover)When first looking at this book one would expect pornography and erotic entries, however that is not the case. Only a couple of erotic entries were there and they were to show the type of people she was dealing with. Maxine was very candid in discussing her life from working as a whore to owning several whore houses. Mostly though she wrote about her payoff to her contacts from the cop on the streets of Hot Springs AR up the highest levels in Arkansas state government. She also devoted lots of the book to the trials and tribulations with her three husbands. Most interesting to this reviewer, though, was her not so subtle exposure of the people she had payed bribes so she could stay in business. Instead of writing the actual names of those individuals, she gave them fake names, but the fake names initials fit the real names. If you lived in Arkansas, especially Hot Springs, during that time it was easy to identify the real people. This reviewer identified several from personal knowledge, and several more with only basic research. It is a good read, especially if you are interested in the "real world" of that era.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2010 5:26:30 PM PST
Christopher Norton says:
It's a pretty good little book. Some fiction, some reality but overall pretty good. My Dad is mentioned with not much effort to change his name. The copy I have is a first edition autographed by both Maxine and my Dad.
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