Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich

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Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich by Robert Frank, Dick Hill


RICH-I-STAN n. 1. a new country located in the heart of America, populated entirely by millionaires, most of whom acquired their wealth during the new Gilded Age of the past twenty years. 2. a country with a population larger than Belgium and Denmark; typical citizens include “spud king” J. R. Simplot; hair stylist Sydell Miller, the new star of Palm Beach; and assorted oddball entrepreneurs. 3. A country that with a little luck and pluck, you, too, could be a citizen of.

The rich have always been different from you and me, but Robert Frank’s revealing and funny journey through “Richistan” entertainingly shows that they are truly another breed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400134458
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Frank is a senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal.

Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of "Golden Voices."

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Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone had to write this book. In many ways the very rich are invisible. They take different airlines. Vacation at different places. Frank has detailed their lives in a very interesting fashion
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Richistan” by Robert Frank contains some fascinating stories of various self-made millionaires. “Richistan” is packed with both inspirational and informative content. The following is some of the interesting details woven in this tome: Page Seven: The distinctions that are made between “Lower Richistan”, “Middle Richistan”, and “Upper Richistan.” Chapter One: Butler Boot Camp (Pages Thirteen To Thirty-Five): Fascinating details are discussed around the “Butler Bootcamps” opening up across the U.S. A high number of these jobs are being filled by women. Another fascinating detail: A butler can start out making anywhere from $80,000 to $120,000 due to a shortage of qualified hires to meet the demand. Chapter Eleven: Aristokids (Pages Two-Hundred and Nineteen To Two-Hundred and Fifty) Information is discussed on “bootcamps” that teach wealthy children how to inherit and/or handle the riches made by their parents. “Richistan” by Robert Frank is most likely to be enjoyed by those who are curious to know about self-made millionaires.
GrandmaRudi More than 1 year ago
One had to keep in mind this book was written before the crash. In discussing this in a book club I found the critical comments on how the rich spent rather hypocritical. I find the majority of Americans spend the same % on "things" if analyzed. Would the average spend the same if we had the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Frank has written a useful book on the new rich. He points to the huge gap between the rich and the rest of us. The richest 1% in the USA have 33% of the country¿s wealth, more than the poorest 90% and the incomes of the richest 10% are growing by more than 10% a year. Yet median incomes for US households have fallen for five years running and median families make $3000 a year less than they did in 2000. How do the rich do this? The global pension, insurance and mutual funds have $46 trillion, wealth produced by the 95% who work. The CEOs, bankers and hedge-fund owners - the money managers - steal from this global river of cash. Governments help the rich to rob us. Bush¿s tax cuts gave 80% of the tax savings to the richest 10%, 20% to the richest 0.1%. The result? Our savings, housing and pension funds vanish, so David Blunkett tells us that we have to work till we drop. Education, health and industry vanish too. But the rich get richer. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma wrecked Fort Lauderdale a month after Hurricane Katrina wrecked New Orleans ¿ yet the town still held the 46th International Boat Show and shifted its funds from the newly homeless have-nots to the have-yachts. When Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page bought themselves a Boeing 767 wide-body airliner, Page said that it would let them ¿take large numbers of people to places such as Africa. I think that can only be good for the world.¿ Frank shares this folly. He ends by writing, ¿If we accept that the rich aren¿t the cause of the current inequities, but merely the lucky beneficiaries, we can also hope that they will use their wealth to help target society¿s deepest problems.¿ He then refers to Andrew Carnegie¿s 100-year-old dream of `reconciliation between rich and poor, a reign of harmony¿. Why hasn¿t this happened? Maybe it¿s because we think that `the rich aren¿t the cause of the current inequities¿, because we still hope that `they will use their wealth to help target society¿s deepest problems¿.
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