And who exactly has been stirring things up? Gaines centers the book on an eccentric cast of characters in Hamptons history: semicloseted gay men of fabulous wealth and Ralph Lauren taste, half-cracked Mayflower descendants going to seed, and those "Philistines," the nouveau riche, blemishing the scenery with their terrible taste. "The establishment can hold off the newcomers for only so long," explains the author. "There are always more of Them than Us."
Heavily researched, the book is painstakingly detailed and unapologetically voyeuristic, full of "nine-ounce chilled Baccarat crystal stem glasses," "Chippendale sofas upholstered in Scalamandré silks," "Gucci loafers," and "fourteen-karat-gold wallpaper." It's a Champagne truffle: sinful, enticing, and pure froth at its center. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very lively and gossip filled but, I believe, accurate from what I have been told by those were were on the scene at the time. A good read that keeps moving smartly along.Published 10 months ago by Walter Foulke
Smelled of smoke had to leave outside to air out for over a week to get the stink down but was sent quicklyPublished 17 months ago by T F
Excellent read, factual, freaky, shake your head funny... lots of interesting information about life in the Hamptons and it's historyPublished 18 months ago by felicia
Glad to get a cheap used copy that I can race through and leave behind. Good history of the changing sociology of the place.Published 19 months ago by Prize
Want to know why the Hamptonites are like they are? Read this book to get a glimpse of "their" reality worldPublished 19 months ago by Peter D. Pohlot
Steven Gaines does a wonderful job bringing you right into the Hamptons! Interesting, informative & entertaining - a good read.Published 21 months ago by L. Cagnassola
I live in East Hampton and found many fascinating facts about the area I wasn't aware of. Mr. Gaines definitely has a way to keep you interested. Recommend.Published 22 months ago by Janet Pacella
Very much enjoyed a behind the scenes view of the Hamptson, from its beginnings through the 90s. Great to meet the interesting characters that inhabit the upper crust world.Published on December 3, 2012 by C. Brock
Wow, what a grabber! This is an interesting story of the Hamptons and real estate and wealth. What you read will be hard to believe, such wasted money and resources. Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Buffy