|Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme has devastated the eternally sunny world of Palm Beach, bringing down multimillionaires and destroying once wealthy widows. At the center of the scandal is the isolated, insulated winter home of the mega wealthy. Suddenly, everyone in America is talking about the South Florida island and the rarified life so apart from the rest of America. Everyone wants to know what are the deepest truths of this strange, exotic universe of wealth and privilege. In Madness Under the Royal Palms, Laurence Leamer has the answers. It took him fifteen years to get them, and to expose the inner life and drama of the wealthy as it has never been exposed before. It is an often shocking, scandalous book that will forever change not only the way Palm Beach is viewed but the life of wealth and privilege in America. Leave it to Leamer, the bestselling author known for getting the inside story on his elusive subjects, to take us behind the walls of America's most exclusive enclave of wealth and privilege. In Madness, Leamer 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. For a hundred years Palm Beach has been a fantasy land nurtured by, and maintained for, the megawealthy. In the end, Leamer's tale of money, murder and mad pretension reveals a darker strain. Uncovering that strain, as the author himself writes, turned into as fascinating, in some cases as shocking, and always as unexpected a journey as I have ever taken.|
In an account that combines the eccentricity of Midnight in the garden of good and evil with the pure, cross ambition of Philistines at the Hedgerow, Laurence Leamer tells a story of money, murder and mad pretension inside what has long been America's most exclusive--and surreal--super rich enclave: Palm Beach.
Just the name--Palm Beach--conjures up an American fantasy of wealth, privilege and exclusivity. Laurence Leamer, in his well-written and entertaining new book, Madness Under the Royal Palms, offers up an inside look at this playground of the rich, and its under-class of social-climbing wannabes. Tracing the history of Palm Beach and its magnificent real estate, describing the fabulous parties, investigating some of the city's sordid secrets, Leamer's book provides a memorable, and at times haunting, portrayal of high society at a moment of transition, where things are often not what they seem.
Like the bestsellers "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "Philistines at the Hedgerow," this work allows readers an unprecedented look inside the lives of the rich and eccentric who live in what may the most expensive four miles of real estate in the world: Palm Beach, Florida.
|Number Of Pages||368 pages|
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I really enjoyed this book. I live in Palm Beach during the winter, and go to a few charity events, but this really opened my eyes to what the people of this town are doing. If you want to know the reality of Palm Beach, read this book. No matter what is written about Palm Beach, I love it. It is the most beautiful town in America, and the people I know there are wonderful.
There were no dislikes about the book. It moves along nicely. If you wonder about the rich life style and there minds this is the book to read. They may have money but not to much more. Morals???????
It was interesting at first, but it went on too long. I liked finding out how the mega-weathly got rich, but how they lived from day to day...not so much. If you took out the tennis, shopping, and charity balls, not much else goes on except drinking, affairs, and general malice. Ridiculous.
Definitely a great read!!!! Very interesting subject matter and writing is true Leamer. Looking forward to his next work. The stories are very interesting subject matter.....sad to think most of it is true. The untra rich certainly do live another existence.....far removed from the "normal everyday" life of most of the readers......but speaking for myself, not a life I would choose. Again, great read!! I bought the book because I did not want to wait til the Library got theirs....and I am glad I did.
BEING A FLORIDA NATIVE I KNOW PALM BEACH...THE BOOK STARTED OFF WITH A BLAST AND AFTER ABOUT 200 PAGES STARTED TO DRAG...I FELT HE USED THE WORD JEW TO OFTEN IN THE BOOK...ALSO THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PEOPLE WOULD START OUT PANNING THEM AND LATER IN THE CHAPTER HE WOULD SWITCH TO MAKING THEM MORE REAL?