This book is more vapid than most I read. I requested it from the library last summer to read at the beach. But I didn’t get a call that my turn had arrived until February, so at least we know there was a demand for it!
I was initially interested in this book since I lived in New York City for seven years and worked at renovating buildings similar to One Fifth Avenue. Therefore, I am familiar with the building intrigues and societal clamoring discussed within.
Since I’ve been away from this for over twelve years, I thought it might be amusing to submerge myself in it once more. The author does an okay job catching the atmosphere and at least half-way through the book we didn’t know how it would end up.
I found it interesting to watch how the major hedge-fund fortunes corrupted — no surprise — but it was good to see the problems attached with vast new wealth and be reminded that it is not all glamor. This book made me glad to be here and not there, but offered no new insights. I give it three stars.