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Publisher Comments:

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 "Are the rich different from you and me?" 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 commonalties. • How did Bill Gates achieve his single greatest act of social dominance by being nice? • How does the flattery of the rich resemble the grooming behavior of baboons? • What made the British aristocracy the single most successful animal dominance hierarchy in the history of the planet? • 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. 15 b/w illustrations.

Book News Annotation:

Conniff is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Worth, and other publications. His text was inspired by a trip to Monaco for a National Geographic assignment. He draws on his experiences as a natural history writer in this humorous—but academic—look at the wealthy from an animal-behavior perspective. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Richard Conniff is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has been featured in Smithsonian, National Geographic, Worth, and other publications. He lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393019650
Subtitle:
A Field Guide
Author:
Conniff, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Wealth
Subject:
Rich people
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
94-15
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.56x6.46x1.16 in. 1.44 lbs.

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