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The Official Filthy Rich Handbook Paperback – June 19, 2008
"Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It"
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The book opens with the Plutocrat Primer, a welcome to the newly wealthy. A field guide to the filthy rich diagrams some common types, such as The Wastrel, The Nerdling, The Impresario and The Heirhead, whose patron saint is Paris Hilton.
Some sections seem like an actual handbook, though, and aren't funny. A five-page Members Only segment lists and describes actual country clubs by such categories as how long the wait list is to join, and who some of the famous members are. Each chapter has a directory with contact information on actual businesses that cater to wealthy customers. Did you know you can buy Almas caviar that comes from a 100-year-old beluga sturgeon for $25,000 a tin from the Caviar House in London? I didn't, and didn't care.
Far better are the acidly cynical segments that skewer the shallow rich, such as the piece about plastic surgery called "Daddy, I Hate My Nose!" Another piece teaches you what to say for your cover story after liposuction makes it appear you've lost a ton of post-childbirth weight: "It's so true what they say. Breast-feeding torches the calories!"
Here's the chapter list:
1. The Plutocrat Primer: Meet your new friends
2. Where to Live: Homing patterns
3. It Takes a Village: The art of staffing up
4. Buying a Better You: Looking the part
5. The Social Whirl: Out & about
6. Travel & Leisure: Summer is a verb
7. Float Some & Jet Some: Tycoons on the move
8. Playgrounds & Pastimes: Get a hobby
9. To Heir is Divine: Billionaire breeding habits
10. Afflictions & Pretensions: Surviving at the top
It reminds me of the time I visited a college friend in Ohio and quickly realized she'd failed to warn me she was filthy rich. Her grandmother's "cottage" turned out to be a sprawling turn-of-the-century home with a vast formal English Rose Garden and a daunting assortment of cutlery (each piece intended for some insanely specific purpose...I remember they had a fork specifically for duck.) The whole trip was a nightmare and I ruined an entire set of "heirloom sheets" with ink from a cheap, crappy Bic pen while documenting the family's alien qualities in my journal.
Had I been equipped with this comprehensive book, things might have gone a lot better.
The best thing a newly minted millionaire could do is marry an unfortunate blue blood who has lost his/her family fortune. It's as fair a trade as any.
This wonderful primer should be handed out to anyone who wins a lottery jackpot. Although they will surely lose it all in a short period of time; this book might help to keep their middle-class ways to a minimum or at least until they go back to their proper place. I look forward to an updated version of this in the future. 4 stars!
Not only does he have an encyclopedic understanding of the lifestyles of the rich and fabulous but he actually conveys knowledge about stuff most people (including myself, and I happen to have impeccable taste) don't already know, and in a way that is informative, witty, impassioned and borderline satirical.
Also, following up the Preppy Handbook is no small feat but Tennant really gets an ace in the hole on this one. Doesn't disappoint!
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Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 7 months ago by Norman Eng
Interesting read and the author has clearly done some extensive research.Published 12 months ago by Hafiz
I wanted to see how the criminals of our planet live and I got that.Published 14 months ago by redex
really outdated and stupid - I gave it to someone taking a long flight and told them to leave it on there for someone else boredPublished 17 months ago by Sonja's stuff
If you enjoyed THE PREPPY HANDBOOK umpteen years ago, then this bit of satire will also be right up your wazoo (it's published by the same company). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Milt