Book Review: 'The Rich Are Different'
Money can’t buy love, class, or Janet Jackson’s attention (which a Saudi prince learned the hard way), as the fun-filled tear-down of the filthy rich The Rich Are Different confirms. The rich are arrogant (Florence Vanderbilt Twombly refused to observe Labor Day), tacky (Donald Trump’s 747 featured 24-karat-gold seat belt buckles), and hypocritical (Eva Perón once lifted arms dripping with diamond bracelets to make a speech that began, ”We, the shirtless … ”). They’re obsessive (Ivana Trump won’t walk on a footprinted carpet at home) and compulsive (Jackie O. once bought 200 pairs of shoes in a single outing). Winokur notes that ”sneering at the rich is one of the few remaining forms of socially acceptable bigotry,” and his mordant take on the money addled will make you glad — for a minute — for your own empty pockets. A-