The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide

The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide

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A tantalizing, droll study of the idiosyncratic existence of the very rich, through the unexpected lens of the naturalist. Journalist Richard Conniff probes the age-old question qAre the rich different from you and me?q and finds that they are indeed a completely different animal. He observes with great humor and finesse this socially unique species, revealing their strategies for ensuring dominance and submission, their flourishes of display behavior, the intricate dynamics of their pecking order, as well as their unorthodox mating practices. Through comparisons to other equally exotic animals, Conniff uncovers surprising commonalities. a€c How did Bill Gates achieve his single greatest act of social dominance by being nice? a€c How does the flattery of the rich resemble the grooming behavior of baboons? a€c What made the British aristocracy the single most successful animal dominance hierarchy in the history of the planet? a€c How does Old Money's disdain for the nouveaux riches resemble the pig-grunting of mountain gorillas? This marvelously entertaining field guide captures in vivid detail the behaviors and habitats of the world's most captivating yet elusive animal.In a widely noted 1996 diatribe against his fellow billionaires, Ted Turner blamed the Forbes 400 list for plutocratic stinginess. ... a€œThese new superrich wona#39;t loosen up their wads because theya#39;re afraid theya#39;ll reduce their net worth and go down on the list. ... The philanthropic stinginess of the rich has venerable roots; rich people have often paid lip service at best to charity, while giving heart and soul toanbsp;...

Title:The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide
Author:Richard Conniff
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2003-10-17


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