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The Official Filthy Rich Handbook

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Having serious bank is just the beginning.
The real issue is how to spend it—tastefully, self-confidently, and with just the right dash of presumption. Here is priceless help:

-Where to live, where to summer, and what to drive—or fly—to get there
-The importance of seeming arty
-The right cosmetic surgeries for you…and your children
-The only clubs worth joining
-The Top 10 colleges you’ll want your kids to ...

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Overview

Having serious bank is just the beginning.
The real issue is how to spend it—tastefully, self-confidently, and with just the right dash of presumption. Here is priceless help:

-Where to live, where to summer, and what to drive—or fly—to get there
-The importance of seeming arty
-The right cosmetic surgeries for you…and your children
-The only clubs worth joining
-The Top 10 colleges you’ll want your kids to drop out of
-Bullet-proofing the Maybach

And much, much more…

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Editorial Reviews

Vanity Fair
"[A] decadent road map to help you navigate through private-school admissions, choppy regatta waters, and the global social circuit." —
Vanity Fair
Publishers Weekly

Those top-drawer trendies from the 1980 Official Preppy Handbook have grown older and richer; it's time now to tweak the lifestyles of the über-rich, people Tennant, one-time columnist for the New York Post's "Page Six" gossip column and cofounder of Radar magazine, knows well. Tennant opens with a "plutocrat primer," a sketchbook detailing various Filthy Rich types, from hedgers to "heirheads." Chapters follow on where to buy homes and how to hire staff, especially that "jewelry handler" who carries "illicit substances" for high-echelon rappers. Vacations are another big issue, involving whole new wardrobes and leisure activities. Sports are great for conspicuous consumption of time and money; the most desirable sports, like fly fishing, big-game hunting or polo, can involve special vacations of their own. Even simple sports like golf require joining the right club; Tennant's matter-of-fact listing of the clubs' discriminatory barriers speaks for itself. Then, since "to heir is divine," there's a chapter on having children-which boils down to buying the most exclusive baby buggy, hiring the least marriage-threatening nanny and picking the most ego-satisfying boarding school. Jazzy page layouts and endless name-dropping make for a great tongue-in-cheek humor book. (June)

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From the Publisher
"Reading this handbook is like eating 12 baked Alaskas in a row, but Christopher Tennant seems to know la dolce vita Americana billionara, every sweet morsel of it."

—Tom Wolfe

"There are three kinds of humor. Parody, where you make fun of people who are smarter than you. Satire, where you make fun of people who are richer than you. And burlesque, where you do both while taking off your clothes. The Official Filthy Rich Handbook is a paragon of naked wit."

—P.J. O'Rourke

"I had a wonderful time reading The Official Filthy Rich Handbook. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, and chuckled at Christopher Tennant's extraordinary upper-class information."

—Dominick Dunne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761147039
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 832,066
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Tennant has previously chronicled the foibles of the rich and infamous as an editor and writer at New York magazine, Talk, the New York Post's "Page Six" column, and Radar, the influential pop culture magazine and daily web site he co-founded in 2003, which was nominated for a General Excellence award by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Born and raised in the leafy suburbs of Boston, he currently lives beyond his means in New York City.

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Table of Contents

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

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