skip to content
The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess

Author: M Hirsh Goldberg
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
The author of The Blunder Book and The Book of Lies is back - with his most entertaining "human foible" book yet! The Complete Book of Greed romps through the history of human avarice to expose a trove of unimaginable extravagance. From the ancient Egyptian pharaohs - who filled their massive burial pyramids with gold in hopes of "taking it with them" - to today's oil sheiks and corporate chieftains, Goldberg  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goldberg, M. Hirsh.
Complete book of greed.
New York : W. Morrow, ©1994
(OCoLC)606596652
Online version:
Goldberg, M. Hirsh.
Complete book of greed.
New York : W. Morrow, ©1994
(OCoLC)631649416
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Hirsh Goldberg
ISBN: 0688106145 9780688106140
OCLC Number: 28148169
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue (p.13) --
In pursuit of excess : the plight of the greedy in history (p.17) --
Money talks : a look at our funny money (p.49) --
From tulip bulbs to gold bars : the age-old mania for more (p.68) --
Millionaires, billionaires, and other poor people : wealth and income on an ungrand scale (p.88) --
Those with a gilt complex : lifestyles of the rich and greedy (p.109) --
Imelda Marcos's shoes and Mary Todd Lincoln's gloves : outlandish spenders and their sprees (p.134) --
He, she, and it : a look at money and the sexes (p.158) --
"Greed is good!" : Wall Street bulls, bears, and pigs (p.170) --
Crimes of passion (for money) : schemes to get rich even quicker (p.193). Cont.): Gambling : the odd who battle the odds (p.208) --
The great misers : people who won't do anything to a buck (p.225) --
In conclusion: Our hero : the man who conquered greed (p.232) --
Acknowledgments (p.237) --
Index (p.239).
Responsibility: M. Hirsh Goldberg ; illustrated by Ray Driver.

Abstract:

The author of The Blunder Book and The Book of Lies is back - with his most entertaining "human foible" book yet! The Complete Book of Greed romps through the history of human avarice to expose a trove of unimaginable extravagance. From the ancient Egyptian pharaohs - who filled their massive burial pyramids with gold in hopes of "taking it with them" - to today's oil sheiks and corporate chieftains, Goldberg humorously details the bizarre lifestyles of the rich and greedy down through the ages, including the wife who was awarded the largest divorce settlement in history - $950 million plus property; the billionaire who installed a pay telephone in his mansion for use by his guests; the maharajah who made his six Rolls-Royces into garbage trucks; the spectacular swindle that caused Barbara Walters, Alan Alda, Barbra Streisand, and the chairmen of Pepsico, Citicorp, and General Electric to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars; and the $100 million party that was held in 62 tents spread over 160 acres. With the droll style and amusing caricatures that Goldberg's readers enjoy, The Complete Book of Greed is an entertaining odyssey through the annals of conspicuous consumption.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(1)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28148169> # The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
   library:oclcnum "28148169" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/824296> ; # Avarice
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/classification/BJ1535> ;
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/178/e20/> ;
   schema:bookEdition "1st ed." ;
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:copyrightYear "1994" ;
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/227396493> ; # M Hirsh Goldberg
   schema:datePublished "1994" ;
   schema:description "The author of The Blunder Book and The Book of Lies is back - with his most entertaining "human foible" book yet! The Complete Book of Greed romps through the history of human avarice to expose a trove of unimaginable extravagance. From the ancient Egyptian pharaohs - who filled their massive burial pyramids with gold in hopes of "taking it with them" - to today's oil sheiks and corporate chieftains, Goldberg humorously details the bizarre lifestyles of the rich and greedy down through the ages, including the wife who was awarded the largest divorce settlement in history - $950 million plus property; the billionaire who installed a pay telephone in his mansion for use by his guests; the maharajah who made his six Rolls-Royces into garbage trucks; the spectacular swindle that caused Barbara Walters, Alan Alda, Barbra Streisand, and the chairmen of Pepsico, Citicorp, and General Electric to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars; and the $100 million party that was held in 62 tents spread over 160 acres. With the droll style and amusing caricatures that Goldberg's readers enjoy, The Complete Book of Greed is an entertaining odyssey through the annals of conspicuous consumption."@en ;
   schema:description "Prologue (p.13) -- In pursuit of excess : the plight of the greedy in history (p.17) -- Money talks : a look at our funny money (p.49) -- From tulip bulbs to gold bars : the age-old mania for more (p.68) -- Millionaires, billionaires, and other poor people : wealth and income on an ungrand scale (p.88) -- Those with a gilt complex : lifestyles of the rich and greedy (p.109) -- Imelda Marcos's shoes and Mary Todd Lincoln's gloves : outlandish spenders and their sprees (p.134) -- He, she, and it : a look at money and the sexes (p.158) -- "Greed is good!" : Wall Street bulls, bears, and pigs (p.170) -- Crimes of passion (for money) : schemes to get rich even quicker (p.193)."@en ;
   schema:description "Cont.): Gambling : the odd who battle the odds (p.208) -- The great misers : people who won't do anything to a buck (p.225) -- In conclusion: Our hero : the man who conquered greed (p.232) -- Acknowledgments (p.237) -- Index (p.239)."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/30822631> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/606596652> ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/631649416> ;
   schema:name "The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess"@en ;
   schema:productID "28148169" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28148169#PublicationEvent/new_york_w_morrow_1994> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/30822631#Agent/w_morrow> ; # W. Morrow
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780688106140> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/28148169> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/824296> # Avarice
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Avarice"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/227396493> # M Hirsh Goldberg
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Goldberg" ;
   schema:givenName "M. Hirsh" ;
   schema:name "M Hirsh Goldberg" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780688106140>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0688106145" ;
   schema:isbn "9780688106140" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/606596652>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
   rdfs:label "Complete book of greed." ;
   schema:description "Online version:" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28148169> ; # The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/631649416>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
   rdfs:label "Complete book of greed." ;
   schema:description "Online version:" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/28148169> ; # The complete book of greed : the strange and amazing history of human excess
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.