The Natural History of the Rich

The Natural History of the Rich

A Field Guide

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A naturalist presents a tongue-in-cheek study of the idiosyncratic wealthy, noting their pecking orders, display behaviors, and mating practices; drawing comparisons between the actions of the rich and animals in the wild and offering specific examples about noted wealthy figures. 60,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
A tantalizing, droll study of the idiosyncratic existence of the very rich, through the unexpected lens of the naturalist. Journalist Richard Conniff probes the age-old question "Are the rich different from you and me?" and finds that they are indeed a completely different animal. He observes with great humor and finesse this socially unique species, revealing their strategies for ensuring dominance and submission, their flourishes of display behavior, the intricate dynamics of their pecking order, as well as their unorthodox mating practices. Through comparisons to other equally exotic animals, Conniff uncovers surprising commonalties. How did Bill Gates achieve his single greatest act of social dominance by being nice? How does the flattery of the rich resemble the grooming behavior of baboons? What made the British aristocracy the single most successful animal dominance hierarchy in the history of the planet? How does Old Money's disdain for the nouveaux riches resemble the pig-grunting of mountain gorillas? This marvelously entertaining field guide captures in vivid detail the behaviors and habitats of the world's most captivating yet elusive animal. 15 b/w illustrations.

Book News
Conniff is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Smithsonian , National Geographic , Architectural Digest , Worth , and other publications. His text was inspired by a trip to Monaco for a National Geographic assignment. He draws on his experiences as a natural history writer in this humorous but academic look at the wealthy from an animal-behavior perspective. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A naturalist presents a tongue-in-cheek study of the wealthy, noting their pecking orders and mating practices; drawing comparisons between the actions of the rich and animals in the wild; and offering examples about noted wealthy figures.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780393019650
0393019659
Branch Call Number: 305.5234 CONNI
Characteristics: 344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Dec 22, 2014

This book is hilarious.

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