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As Robert Frank reveals, there is not one Richistan but three: Lower, Middle, and Upper, each of which has its own levels and distinctions of wealth: the haves and the have-mores. The influence of Richistan and the Richistanis extends well beyond the almost ten million households that make up its population, as the nonstop quest for status and an insatiable demand for luxury goods reshapes the entire American economy.
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By Kenneth on 07-15-07
I wouldn't exactly call it essential reading, but it does describe one of the effects of globalization on American culture. American workers who can be replaced by Chinese are becoming increasingly less valuable, while American entrepreneurs who develop products for the global market are able to generate considerable wealth. This book shows the reader how an emerging class of newly rich Americans is developing a distinctive way of life within the larger American culture.
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By Stewart on 07-01-07
The rich aren't like us
The super rich are truly not like us. Richistan explains how and why. The premise of the book is that the super rich live in their own insular world of household managers, executive chefs, nannies, private jets, multiple vacation homes, and yatchs. Richistan offers a candid examination of how a new generation of Americans have become super wealthy as well as how they spend their newly found riches.
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