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Steven Gaines trains his sharp eye on rich people behaving badly. The arena is Manhattan luxury property and the outlandish displays of ego, outrageous behaviour, blood feuds, status hunger and conspicuous consumption that dominate that world. THE SKY'S THE LIMIT reveals the apartment-swapping adventures of many celebrities - from Jerry Seinfeld to Barbra Streisand, from Tommy Hilfiger to Gloria Vanderbilt - whose adventures in promiscuous apartment swapping and renovating are told with typical Gaines verve and style. And Gaines digs much deeper to tell us the fascinating story of how boxes stacked on boxes came to be seen as the ultimate in status for the rich. He explores the development of the cooperative apartment, originally conceived as a way to house the poor. He introduces us to a fascinating, diverse cast of carriage trade brokers, whose most important task is to get their anxious clients past the dreaded co-op board. And he gives us finely etched portraits of a few of the discreet, elderly society ladies who are the real arbiters of who gets into the so-called Good Buildings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316154550
ISBN-10: 0316154555
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 21mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven Gaines

Steven Gaines is the author of Philistines at the Hedgerow, Obsession and other books and numerous articles on pop culture. He lives in Wainscott, New York, located in the Hamptons.

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