A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.55 hours)
Product Number: Z10004509
Released: Jun 19, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400124459
Narrator/s: Dick Hill
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Full of captivating profiles and expert insights into the lives and lifestyles of the nouveau riche, Richistan tells the real story of a new gilded age. The recent explosion of wealth has created a new breed of multimillionaires. Ed Bazinet, for example, who turned miniature ceramic villages into a $250 million fortune. Or Tim Blixseth, who became a billionaire by trading remote stretches of timberland. Richistan takes readers inside a rarified world to see how these blue-collar-workers-turned-billionaires are earning, spending, and living. From "Butler School," where domestics are specially trained to serve the newly wealthy, to self-help groups for coping with the strains of $10 million incomes, you'll discover how the nouveaux riches learn to be riche. In addition, Frank investigates where their money is going. With so much in the hands of so few, the personal whims of the extremely wealthy can make or break charities and research foundations. Will they support cancer research or the arts? Supernatural exploration or archaeological digs? The influence wielded by the newly wealthy goes far beyond their fashion choices or participation in reality TV shows. Richistan looks behind the glitz to find the real story behind new money and its impact on the richest nation in the world.

Author(s): Robert Frank
Original Publish Date: Jun 19, 2007

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Author(s): Robert Frank
Product Number EB00152522
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown Business
ISBN: #9780307409263

Professional reviews

"Robert Frank, Wall Street Journal "wealth reporter," shows us how the inhabitants of Richistan--a "parallel country of the rich"--live. This is not the other half; it's the other one percent. Richistanis worry about their financial security and raising children not to be Paris Hilton. They have butlers, $600,000 Franck Muller watches (Rolexes are cheap), and alligator skin toilet seats on private jets. Dick Hill does his usual masterful work, faithfully translating Frank's frequent amusement. Hill's light tone is perfect for relating the foibles of those with unlimited funds. Hill also creates appropriate voices for the many interviewees and others quoted in the book--a particular favorite is the philanthropist from Texas who applies business rules to his charity giving. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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