Both serious and highly entertaining, The Natural History of the Rich is a field guide like no other.
Richard Conniff sees the very rich as human, except more so; genetically identical to ordinary people, they nonetheless display exaggerated and extreme behaviours, a result of exposure to excessive resources. The very rich display all the hallmarks of a dominant animal: even at their most leisurely they show an extraordinary evolutionary urge to achieve and sustain status, prime habitat, reproductive success and wasteful display.
Conniff explains why Aristotle Onassis had the stools of his private bar covered with whale scrotums; why serial monogamy is seen as the key to business success by Donald Trump and Jean Paul Getty; and what the selective display of certain moths and butterflies, disguising themselves as everything from twigs to bird droppings, can reveal about the incognito rich, with their elaborate codes of references that only those deemed worthy can understand.
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It is hardly possible to open a newspaper these days without coming across a listing of the richest people in the UK, in the world, in the solar system...not to mention the endless profiling of Internet millionaires and the obscenely wealthy of all types - from Posh and Becks to Bill Gates. In the footsteps of David Attenborough, Richard Conniff sets out to try to understand the peculiar behaviours of this strange species, setting them in the context of the behaviour of other animals, from mice to flies to baboons.Review:
"'This book . . . may change for ever our perception of the urge to make money.' " (Financial Times)
"'The Natural History of the Rich is clever, perceptive and unfailingly
interesting.'" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post)
"'Droll and delightful... Mr. Conniff's charm and fun-loving approach
make his book a pleasure from start to finish.'" (New York Sun)
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099415674