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Business success brings privilege. Celebrity, which can feed business success, brings privilege. Large inheritance brings privilege. Entry to the privileged class can also be inherited. This hefty volume is a robust tribute in scrapbook form to the homes, rooms, gardens, lawns, clothes, fabrics, colors, art, and so on of privileged people. The images celebrate grandeur where more had better be more to prove the point. These are fine photographs of luxury-beautiful lifestyles in beautiful wrappers. But quality photography is hardly the point here. This is a peepshow exposing stone, mahogany, rugs from heaven, art from the gods, and the highest level of our species calling this rarified world home and lolling around inside it in front of a camera lens. But instead of recommending this book, this reviewer suggests subscribing to Vogue magazine instead, because it's at least good for the economy.-David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CTCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.