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Pursuit of Happiness Andrew Greene

Pursuit of Happiness

Andrew Greene

Published June 1st 2009
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Kindle Edition
370 pages
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Readers ravenous appetite for stories about the lives of the super rich has give us innumerable best sellers. What readers have not seen, until now, is an inside look at a mega-rich nuclear family interacting with one another and the wider world inMoreReaders ravenous appetite for stories about the lives of the super rich has give us innumerable best sellers. What readers have not seen, until now, is an inside look at a mega-rich nuclear family interacting with one another and the wider world in way that, as F. Scott Fitzgerald said, are very different from you and me. Pursuit of Happiness fills that gap, offering a unique perspective on how the Park Avenue power elite and their children live their lives. It isnt pretty. Backed by spicy insider details from an author who spent a decade on Wall Street and half that long teaching in top Manhattan private school, the story tracks the downward slide of Wall Street superstar Steve Rutherford against a background of a family disconnected from one another and from reality. By turns provocative, informative, poignant, infuriating and hilarious, Pursuit of Happiness covers a great deal of ground, touching upon, among other things, modern parenting, how Wall Street really functions, including the behavior that led to the financial meltdown, womens magazines, private school admissions, adultery, hedge funds, teenage psychiatric medications, the sex industry in Thailand and sport fishing. But at its core, the novel offers close scrutiny of exactly what Americans were aspiring to in the the first decade of the 21st century, before the boom went bust. Are our lives all about conceit and consumption or is there something more?