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The Resource The season : inside Palm Beach and America's richest society, Ronald Kessler

The season : inside Palm Beach and America's richest society, Ronald Kessler

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The season : inside Palm Beach and America's richest society
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The season
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inside Palm Beach and America's richest society
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Ronald Kessler
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season
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inside Palm Beach and Americas richest society
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eng
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Review
  • From Inside the White House to all of Palm Beach's dirty little secrets.Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • Money matters in this high-society resort, according to bestselling author Kessler; so do pedigree, the right wardrobe, the right restaurant—and bigotry and misogyny. Palm Beach is an island enclave off the east coast of Florida, first established as a playground for the rich in 1892 by Henry Flagler (Standard Oil, railroad money). Among the first winter residents were John D. Rockefeller, John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan. Recent homeowners include billionaire entrepreneurs from television, cosmetics, real estate, and finance. Rich as they are, however, the newcomers can't be admitted to Palm Beach's inner circle without running the gauntlet of the Old Guard socialites and their leader, the wealthy widow Barton Gubelmann (there are a lot of wealthy widows and divorcÇes in this story). Gubelmann introduced Kessler (Inside the White House, 1995, etc.) to nuances of who was in and who was out. Out are Jews: Palm Beach's two most illustrious private clubs permit no Jewish members and are touchy about Jewish guests. Other ethnic groups serve as maids, cooks, gardeners, and waiters, until recently legally required to be registered and fingerprinted (that local law was declared unconstitutional in 1985). Donald Trump comes off as a hero: His club, Mar-a-Lago, admits not only Jews but African-Americans. Shopping, plastic surgery, drugs, sex, and charity balls help Palm Beach regulars pass the time. Women are appreciated for their (cosmetically enhanced) bosoms, their wardrobes, and their ability to organize parties. The Jewish author donned a tuxedo to socialize and gather tales of both old and new money, yet he also established rapport with some of the lesser mortals on the island: a "walker," a restaurant manager, and an eccentric blond real estate broker from London. None of his sources raise the level of discourse above a Monica Lewinsky—Linda Tripp chat. Although Kessler tries to be nonjudgmental, the weight of accumulated anecdote paints a picture of narcissism and decadence that is both pitiable and unsettling. (16 pages photos) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 1999)
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1943-
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Kessler, Ronald
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  • illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Rich people
  • Rich people
  • Palm Beach (Fla.)
  • Palm Beach (Fla.)
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inside Palm Beach and America's richest society
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The season : inside Palm Beach and America's richest society, Ronald Kessler
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  • Includes index
  • Map on endpapers
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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360138
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25 cm
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First edition.
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x, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780060193911
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99016918
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unmediated
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color illustrations, map
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  • (Sirsi) i9780060193911
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The season : inside Palm Beach and America's richest society, Ronald Kessler
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes index
  • Map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
360138
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060193911
Lccn
99016918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
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  • (Sirsi) i9780060193911
  • (Sirsi) ABV-2263

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