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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Private Rich

The Private Rich, A Family Album/ Stories by Peter Rand and photographs edited by Elizabeth Bird,Crown Publishers, Inc., New York.
Here is an interesting book which contains rarely seen photographs of the rich in their homes, resorts and just lounging about. Yachts, Tennis, Travel, Parties, Debutantes, Polo, Gardens, Horses, Fox Hunting. The world of Palm Beach, Newport, Southampton, The Riviera. It is a small book and the stories are fictitious, but intertwined amongst beautiful images of the rich at play. This book presents an authentic picture of the Downton Abbey, Gatsby and Ralph Lauren lifestyles. F. Scott Fitzgerald in his novel, The Great Gatsby, said about his characters, Tom Buchanan & Daisy Buchanan, " They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully, wherever people played polo and were rich together.” This book is like a wonderful scrapbook put together by Uncle Willy and Aunt Babs.  I would recommend it for those who are real devotees of the subject.

Click HERE to buy it on Amazon.

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