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Author Leamer, Laurence.
Title Madness under the royal palms : love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach / Laurence Leamer.
Published New York, N.Y. : Hyperion, c2009.
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Edition 1st ed.
Description vii, 351 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-342) and index.
Contents A small dinner dance -- A royal ascent -- Palm Beach millionaire seeks playmate -- Illusion of sex -- Hope is not a diamond -- The evening is only beginning -- A road that led elsewhere -- Triumph of the nouveau -- King of the New Yorkers -- "Nice nothing!" -- Half of everything -- The world turned upside down -- Outside the guarded gates -- The shiny sheet -- Winter dreams -- The dance of wealth -- Palaces of privilege -- Spinning and spinning and spinning -- A bird of a different feather -- Pierced by sorrows -- Goblets of revenge -- Dirty energy -- Cowboys and Indians -- The most precious asset -- The golden ring -- Two wild and crazy guys -- Everybody hurts -- Regrets only -- The entitled.
Summary For a hundred years Palm Beach has been a fantasy land nurtured by, and maintained for, the megawealthy. Leave it to Laurence Leamer, the author known for getting the inside story on his elusive subjects, to take us behind the walls of America's most exclusive enclave. He tells a braided story involving a socialite determined to make it to the top of Palm Beach society, two infamous murders, and a powerful society reporter. As a backdrop, Leamer tells the story of the clash between old money and new, religion and status, and the love, lust, and fatal hatreds that determine the shape of a fiercely protected society. The cast of characters include trophy wives, trophy husbands, purported gigolos, glamorous widows, a pioneering gay couple, a wildly irreverent event planner, a sociopathic multimillionaire, and an elegant society queen.--From publisher description.
Subject Rich people -- Florida -- Palm Beach.
Palm Beach (Fla.) -- Social life and customs.
Related To Online version: Leamer, Laurence. Madness under the royal palms. 1st ed. New York, N.Y. : Hyperion, c2009 (OCoLC)755195380
ISBN 1401322913
9781401310110 (pbk.)
1401310117 (pbk.)
OCLC number 232977781