Item #257725 Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons. Steven S. Gaines.

Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons

Little Brown and Company, June 1998. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #257725
ISBN: 0316309419

Steven Gaines is a bestselling storyteller with a special gift for capturing social nuance, colorful detail, and quirks of character. Just a few examples:

-- A well-to-do former ballet dancer arrested for stealing his neighbors' furniture -- and showered with thank-you notes from his victims, who admired his skills at refinishing

-- The aunt and cousin of a First Lady, who for many years inhabited a Gothic mansion with twenty-eight cats (and no litter box)

-- A locally prominent family who played host to Captain Kidd in 1699 and still have the buried treasure to prove it

-- The Oscar-winning actress whose tearful performance before a local zoning board failed to secure her a permit to build a swimming pool

-- A self-made man of outsized appetites who realized his ambition of becoming the most powerful real estate agent in the Hamptons -- and died choking on a piece of steak

-- The world-renowned painter who, at a black-tie dinner party, attacked his host's piano with an ice pick

-- As well as many of today's Hollywood, Wall Street, and fashion- and art-world potentates -- all vying for a slice of land still inhabited by families that have farmed and fished the region for generations.

In a mesmerizing story of money, celebrity, shady dealings, and high society, Gaines examines the exclusive enclave known as the Hamptons through the livesof its outrageously wealthy homeowners and renters. of photos.

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