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High Society: The History of America's Upper Class Hardcover – September 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline Publishing (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2759402886
  • ISBN-13: 978-2759402885
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Foulkes is a British historian, author, and journalist. He has written books on subjects as diverse as James Bond and Count d Orsay, who was the subject of the biography Last Dandies. His other books include a guide to London restaurants; a history of the Marbella Club; The Bentley Miscellany, The Bentley Era, Dunhill by Design, and Dancing Into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo, in addition to The Carlyc, The Trench Book, Cigar Style, and Mitimoto Published by Assouline.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By miles on January 9, 2010
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...and a load of info about these people/families in general. The cover is stunning, and what is on the inside is almost like unlocking the doors of these secluded lives that are being lived behind the closed gilded doors. If you are interested in these great and uniquely 'American' lives, then you must see what is in this book.

It is worth the attention.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wong Yee Na on February 12, 2009
On the whole, this is an enjoyable read when you are curious about "Society" and it's alleged "history". No wonder it's written by a historian, and a Brit as well (well, to my knowledge Brits' is one of the most class conscious culture ever).

What you will find is an attempt to string a storyline of what is considered "society", namely the rich and the famous, and their social habits/expectaions (for instance, there is a chapter on "A woman's place") through out, from the colonial times to the turn of the century.

The reason I give it a 3 stars instead of higher is because that was it, the story is somewhat unclear and incomplete when it deals with the present day "society": "Expresso Society" is sketchy at best although I do appreciate the commentary about how Women's place has been expanded from the mere "interior decoration" and "charities foundation boards" to the men's arena are now considered as "actively desirable". How times has changed for women!

Truman Capote's "ascent" to "social greatness" can be elaborated on more as that was one of the jewels of the book's colorful collection of societal anecdotes. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella Carrier on February 12, 2012
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"High Society" by Nick Foulkes is a captivating book on the colorful exploits of the upper class men and women. The following is a preview sampling of what is in this book:
Page 93: Effects of the Social Register publication, and the origins of Vogue magazine
Pages 111-112: Truman Capote's inner circle of friends and the U.S. Marshall Plan
Pages 137-140: Truman Capote's party details and photos
Pages 142-144: Information and photos on Nan Kempner (admired by Vogue editor in chief Diana Vreeland)
Pages 152-160: Details are compared between the the classes of "Old Money" and "New Money". There are also additional high society photos (including one featured of Tinsley Mortimer).
"High Society" by Nick Foulkes is great for anyone who is curious to find out about what goes on in those who live in affluence.
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This history of the upper echelons of American society is quite intriguing. Most other books of this genre are either dull or overly pretentious, but Nick Foulkes strikes a good balance between informing and entertaining. It also makes for a great coffee table book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kenyon on January 2, 2013
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It's not the sellers fault, but I was expecting a lot more pictures of everything. Very boring book~ I don't recommend it.
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