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This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the…
by Bruce McCall
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The billionaire Russian oiligarch” whose replica of Czar Alexander II’s yacht plies a vast man-made Crimean lake, brimming not with water but billions of gallons of petroleum from his own pipeline
The packaged-suttee mogul Sir Sith Ram Pramba, who sliced the top off Mount Everest and installed it on his terrace atop a Park Avenue apartment building
The heir to a California railroad spike fortune who uses a private cross-country tunnel, assembled from giant redwoods laid end to end, for 120-mph runs in cars from his exotic équipe between San Francisco and New York
The vast Montana lodge where Gulfstreams land in the living room and an ex-CIA drone ferries fresh casks of Côtes du Rhône along the three-mile route between the wine cellar and the dining hall
The unsinkable forty-room polystyrene iceberg cum floating vacation retreat where Claude Ste. Nervous, the Quebec Styrofoam king, cruises the Arctic Ocean in high summer and, riding on his tamed polar bear, hunts for baby seals
These and dozens more of that new breed of swashbuckling post-millennial Midases dedicated to self-indulgent funwhatever the cost in money, ecological mayhem, environmental devastation, and other such nuisancesare celebrated in This Land Was Made for You and Me (but Mostly Me), this lavishly illustrated chronicle that nobody expected or even wanted, but that Bruce McCall and David Letterman went ahead and created anyway.
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The "New Yorker" artist and writer and the late-night comic host present a satirical survey of the "universally detested" wealthy elite that lampoons their megalomaniacal fantasies, environmental recklessness and moral indecency.
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