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Radical Chic & Mau-mauing The Fla

by Tom Wolfe
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  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publishing date: 21/07/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780312429133
  • ISBN: 0312429134

Synopsis

Classic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" (The Wall Street Journal) dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism.

"On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."--Book World
Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.
Classic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" (The Wall Street Journal) dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism.

"On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."—Book World

"Tom Wolfe understands the human animal like no sociologist around. He tweaks his reader's every buried though and prejudice. He sees through everything. He is as original and outrageous as ever."—The New York Times

"Tom Wolfe at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent."—San Franciscio Chronicle

"What Tom Wolfe has done is create an appallingly funny, cool, small, deflative two-scene social drama about America's biggest, hottest, and most perplexing problem--the confrotnation between Black Rage and White Guilt."—Time magazine

"Wolfe's genius is that he is fair; he puts the Bernstein part in perspective against the background of New York social history. Read it and weep with laughter."—Houston Post

"On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."—Book World

"A sociological classic . . . At Wolfe's hands the socialites get a roasting they will long remember."—Saturday Review

"Uproariously funny and socially perceptive . . . a penetrating dissection of the confusion among the classes and the search for status."—Women's Wear Daily

"Absolutely brilliant. One of the finest examples of reporting and social commentary I have read anywhere."—Gay Talese

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  • Unpersuasive and disorganized
    From Amazon

    These are disorganized and scattered essays. The first essay is about wealthy New Yorkers who support controversial causes as the stylish thing to do. The second is about the structure of the poverty program and how it encourages violence. I wasn't convinced by either essay, and I didn't enjoy the writing.

  • Quintessential Wolfe
    From Amazon

    Wolfe is, admittedly, an aquired taste. In this early novel, the author explores race relations during the sixties between blacks and upper class whites in the toniest of New York's neighborhoods. With a flair for verbal word games, this slim volume explores the other side of the Electric Koolaide Acid Test, by pitting well-known black activists against the social movers and shakers of the day, and, in doing so, exposes the false bravado on both sides. This book is a must-have for Wolfe fans.

  • Right On!
    From Amazon

    You know, the more I read him, the more I am convinced that Tom Wolfe is the world's greatest living writer. In fact I'm getting to the stage that if he wrote out his back shopping lists and released it on Amazon I'd probably buy it. Is Radical Chic the greatest work under about 60pages in the English language? You'll never think of Leonard Bernsteen (Bern - stein!) again without smirking.......

  • Funny funny and highly enjoyable
    From Amazon

    I read this years ago and rereading it now I am reminded of what a hilariously funny writer Wolfe is. Wolfe 's description of the super- in-radical chic crowd as they patronize and entertain the guntoting Black Panthers is ferociously clever. Wolfe analyzes what he calls 'nostalgie de boue' the 'nostalgia for the mud' and gives a brief course in the history of High Society in America. The old money always holds its nose as the new money until it it is replaced by it. Wolfe is especially funny when he takes off on accents. Here is a small sample," Otto Preminger speaks up from the sofa where he's sitting, also just a couple of feet from (Black Panther) Cox. "He used one important word" then he looks at Cox'"you said zis is de most repressive country in de world. I don't beleef zat" Wolfe gives us a blow- by - blow account of the famous party at the Bernstein's residence.He also tells of the aftemath when Charlotte Curtis gives her New York Times Report and the radical chic crowd is astonished to find themselves abandoned by the key institution of American liberalism, the 'New York Times Editorial Page'. In the second essay Wolfe goes to the West Coast and describes the white liberal establishment encountering the newly militant minorities angered at the bureaucracy of the poverty program. This is a funny funny and highly enjoyable book.

  • Fiction and Journalism
    From Amazon

    The cringing white liberal and the self-serving bureaucrat, the sychophantic Jewish silver-spoon socialist and the cunning black race-baiting political opportunist -- these are the types of characters that Tom Wolfe elucidates with wicked satire in his stories, which are a titillating admixture of acid fiction and scathing journalism. The types in this book, moreover, seem to be a fixture of the contemorary world, and their elucidation by Wolfe amounts to a humorous education in past forms. One cannot help but note that militant Islam receives the same perverted reception from several quarters as did the likes of the Black Panther movement of yore.

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