It’s no secret that the rich are different from the rest of us. But the rich, as author Stephen Birmingham so insightfully points out, are also different from the very rich. There’s Society, and then there’s Real Society, and it takes multiple generations for families of the former to become entrenched in the latter. Real Society is not about the moneyor rather, it’s not only about the moneyit is about history, breeding, tradition, and most of all, the name.
The Right People is an engrossing and illuminating journey through the customs and habits of the phenomenally wealthy, from the San Francisco elite to the upper crust of New York’s Westchester County. It is a marvelously anecdotal, intimately detailed overview of the lives of the American aristocracy: where they gather and dine; their games and sports, clubs and parties, friendships and feuds; their mating, marriage, and divorce ritualsa potpourri of priceless true stories featuring the Astors, Goulds, Vanderbilts, Dukes, Biddles, and other lofty names from the pages of the Social Register.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Stephen Birmingham is a preeminent social historian, known for his books The Right People, Real Lace, and The Grandees. He allows his reader unparalleled access to the most exclusive society sets, and tells their stories with great warmth and wit.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Social Establishment: Growing Up "Upper"
1 Who Are Who? 3
2 Was It Ever What It Used to Be? 16
3 "How Shall We Tell the Children?" 44
4 The New "St. Grottlesex Set" 56
5 "We're Coming Out Tonight" 74
6 Playing the Game 99
7 The Dirty Part 113
8 Lovely, Lovely Ladies 122
9 The Club Convention 137
Part 2 How Money Lives: A Nosegay of the Best Addresses 147
10 The Riches of Westchester 149
11 By the Shores of Lake St. Clair 166
12 The Main Line Eternal 184
13 The Company Town: West Hartford, Conn. 06107 209
14 The Power Elite: Society in the Capital 219
Part 3 How Money Plays: A Selection of Pleasures and Playgrounds 239
15 "Society's Most Enduring Invention" 241
16 "July Was Always for the Shore" 249
17 "August Was Always for the Mountains" 260
18 The Palmy Beaches'(And the "Other" Miami) 273
19 The Palmy Springs (All That Money Can Buy) 294
Part 4 But Is It Really Dead? 317
20 "Obedience to the Unenforceable" 319