High Society

Author: Ben Elton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448167507

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 5599

The war on drugs has been lost but for want of the courage to face the fact that the whole world is rapidly becoming one vast criminal network. From pop stars and princes to crack whores and street kids. From the Groucho Club toilets to the poppy fields of Afghanistan, we are all partners in crime. HIGH SOCIETY is a story or rather a collection of interconnected stories that takes the reader on a hilarious, heart breaking and terrifying journey through the kaleidoscope world that the law has created and from which the law offers no protection.

High Society

The Life of Grace Kelly

Author: Donald Spoto

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 0307395626

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 1481

Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood's legendary actresses. In just seven years-from 1950 through 1956-Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of To Catch a Thief, Grace established herself as one of Hollywood's most talented actresses and iconic beauties. Her astonishing career lasted until her retirement at age twenty-six, when she withdrew from stage and screen to marry a European monarch and became a modern, working princess and mother. Based on never-before-published or quoted interviews with Grace and those conducted over many years with her friends and colleagues-from costars James Stewart and Cary Grant to director Alfred Hitchcock-as well as many documents disclosed by her children for the first time, acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the transformation of a convent schoolgirl to New York model, successful television actress, Oscar-winning movie star, and beloved royal. As the princess requested, Spoto waited twenty-five years after her death to write this biography. Now, with honesty and insight, High Society reveals the truth of Grace Kelly's personal life, the men she loved, the men she didn't, and what lay behind the fa�ade of her fairy-tale life. From the Hardcover edition.

High Society

How Substance Abuse Ravages America and what to Do about it

Author: Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458745007

Category: Medical

Page: 524

View: 7532

Substance abuse.

High Society

The Central Role of Mind-Altering Drugs in History, Science, and Culture

Author: Mike Jay

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620553880

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 7883

An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals • Featuring artwork from the upcoming High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, one of the world’s greatest medical history collections • Explores the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods • Reveals how drugs drove the global trade and cultural exchange that made the modern world • Examines the causes of drug prohibitions a century ago and the current “war on drugs” Every society is a high society. Every day people drink coffee on European terraces and kava in Pacific villages; chew betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy tablets in the clubs of Amsterdam and opium pills in the deserts of Rajastan; smoke hashish in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in every nation on earth. Exploring the spectrum of drug use throughout history--from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals--High Society paints vivid portraits of the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods. From the botanicals of the classical world through the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the synthetic molecules that have transformed our understanding of the brain, Mike Jay reveals how drugs such as tobacco, tea, and opium drove the global trade and cultural exchange that created the modern world and examines the forces that led to the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century ago and the “war on drugs” that rages today.

Gilded Mansions

Grand Architecture and High Society

Author: Wayne Craven

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393067545

Category: Architecture

Page: 383

View: 7090

The Gilded Age (1865-1918) saw the sudden rise of America's first High Society, including such prominent families as the Astors, Whitneys, and Vanderbilts. As an aristocracy based on fortunes recently acquired, these families endeavored to live like Europe's blue-blooded nobility, shedding Puritan restraint as they joyously flaunted their new wealth--especially where their homes were concerned. They erected French chateaus and Italian palazzos on New York's Fifth Avenue, at Newport, and elsewhere, often taking inspiration from Parisian styles of the Second Empire. They rejected more modest American styles just as they rejected middle-class society, and for interior decoration they turned to such artisans as Tiffany, Herter Brothers, and Allard's of Paris. Immensely readable and illuminated with 250 stunning color and black-and-white illustrations, this is the fascinating story of America's first millionaire society, the way they lived and partied, and the lush artistic and cultural legacy they established.

High Society

Author: Reiner Knizia

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 9781472827777


Page: N.A

View: 9157

Players: 3-5 Ages: 10+ Playing Time: 20 minutes Components: 55 Credit cards, 16 Oversized Status cards Reiner Knizia's classic auction game returns in a new edition from Osprey Games! Players must out-bid one another in an effort to acquire the social status they deserve, whilst avoiding scandals which will ruin their reputation. The player who achieves the highest status without going broke will be crowned the winner!

High Society

The History of America's Upper Class

Author: Nick Foulkes

Publisher: Editions Assouline

ISBN: 9782759402885

Category: History

Page: 163

View: 462

High Society explores the intrigue of New York's upper class society and culture.

High Society Dinners

Dining in Tsarist Russia

Author: Yuri Lotman,Jelena Pogosjan,Marian Schwartz

Publisher: Prospect Books (UK)

ISBN: 9781903018989

Category: Cooking

Page: 400

View: 5719

High Society Dinners offers extraordinary insight into the domestic arrangements of the Russian aristocracy, presenting nine months' worth of menus served in St Petersburg to the guests of Petr Durnovo (1835 - 1918), Adjutant-General of the Tsar's Imperial Suite, part of an important late-19th-century dynasty that included ministers and high officials. The menus themselves would be useful enough for what they reveal about culinary culture in Russia, but Yuri Lotman's commentary is invaluable, dissecting the dining rituals and the social circles of the participants. Durnovo's menus and guest lists, interspersed with extracts from family letters and the leading newspapers and journals of the day, set in context the domestic and gastronomic underpinnings of life in this group at the heart of the Russian empire. The Russian has been finely translated by Marian Schwartz (who has worked with M. Gorbachev and translated works by Tolstoy, Bulgakov and Lermontov), and the book as a whole is annotated and introduced by Darra Goldstein, Founding Editor of Gastronomica and Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College. The book is illustrated with paintings and photographs that give a sense of the high society milieu in mid-nineteenth-century Russia. This publication has been grant-aided by the Prokhorov Foundation's Transcript programme. Yuri Lotman (1922 - 1993) was a prominent Russian formalist critic, semiotician, and cultural historian. He was author of more than 800 works. Jelena Pogosjan is a professor of Russian at the University of Alberta in Canada.

The High-Society Wife

Author: Helen Bianchin

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426857985

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 4701

Gianna and Franco Giancarlo had gone into their convenient society marriage with their eyes wide open. They acted the happy couple to create an alliance between their powerful, wealthy families--and dispel media gossip.... A year later, things have changed: their marriage may not be real, but Franco's passion for his wife is...and Gianna has fallen in love with her husband!

High Society

Author: Sarah Mason

Publisher: Piatkus Entice

ISBN: 1405516917

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 7053

Clemmie Colshannon's life appears to be on a fast track to nowhere - having lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day, she's retreated to the bosom of her family in Cornwall to recover. Fortunately, life chez Colshannon is never dull. Her mother has taken over the amateur dramatics society and is busy roping the locals into a production of Calamity Jane; brother Barney is going to extreme lengths to impress a girl; and sister Holly, who is a reporter on the Bristol Gazette, needs help with a story. Fellow journalist Emma McKellan, who writes the social diary, has gone missing days before she was due to be married. As Holly and Clemmie search for clues as to her whereabouts in an attempt to reunite her with her fiance, it's not long before the drama turns into a crisis and the whole family is forced to flee to the south of France with an ex-convict hot on their heels ... Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue and a fabulously funny story make Sarah Mason's third novel unmissable.

High Society in the Third Reich

Author: Fabrice D'Almeida

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745643124

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 1627

This book is the first systematic study of the relations between German high society and the Nazis. It uses unpublished archival material, private diaries and diplomatic documents to take us into the hidden areas of power where privileges, tax breaks, and stolen property were exchanged. Fabrice D'Almeida begins by examining high society in the Weimar period, dominated by the old imperial aristocracy and a new republican aristocracy of government officials and wealthy businessmen. It was in this group that Hitler made his social debut in the early 1920s through the mediation of conservative friends and artists, including the family of the composer Richard Wagner. By the end of the 1920s, he enjoyed wide support among socialites, who played a significant role in his access to power in 1933. Their adherence to the Nazi regime, and the favors they received in return, continued and even grew until defeat loomed on the horizon. D'Almeida shows how members of German high society sought to outdo each other in showing zealous support for Hitler, how the old elites starting with the Kaiser's sons partied alongside parvenus, and how actors, aristocrats, SS technocrats, and diplomats came together to form a strange imperial court. Women also played a role in this theatre of power; they were persuaded that they had gained in dignity what they had lost in civil rights. There emerges a fascinating and disturbing picture of a group that allowed nothing - not war, the plundering of Europe, nor the extermination of peoples - to alter their cynical enjoyment of pleasures: hunting, regattas, the opera, balls, dinners and tennis. More than a study of a class or a chronicle, this book lifts the veil that has concealed a society that used secrecy to protect itself. High Society in the Third Reich makes an important and unique contribution to the current reevaluation of the extent to which German society, including German high society, was responsible for Hitler's accession to power and the crimes that were committed by his regime.

High Society

Author: Jonathan Bikker

Publisher: Nai010 Publishers

ISBN: 9789462084261

Category: Art

Page: 136

View: 9512

An exhibition and study of Rembrandt's portraits of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit in 1634, two of the artist's three life-size works, demonstrating the royalty and high nobility of the subjects.

High Society

Grace Kelly and Hollywood

Author: Donald Spoto

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446493571

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 4456

This biography draws on a series of unpublished interviews and offers a startling and intitmate portrait of one of the most glamourous icons of the 20th century. In just seven years (from 1950 through 1956), Grace Kelly made eleven feature films. They established her as one of the screen's iconic beauties, and as a performer of rare intelligence and wit. Donald Spoto, a personal friend of Kelly's in whom she confided, is in a unique position to tell the story of her transformation from convent girl from Philadelphia to last star of Hollywood's Golden Age to European princess. In this revelatory biography, Spoto draws on interviews with those who knew her - from James Stewart and Cary Grant to Fred Zimmerman - as well as a series of taped interviews with Kelly which have never before been published. A film of Grace Kelly's life, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth will be released in 2014.

High Society

The Town & Country Picture Album, 1846-1996

Author: Kathleen Ann Madden

Publisher: ABRAMS

ISBN: 9780810938854

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 1604

Some of America's famous faces--Babe (Mrs. William) Paley, John D. Rockefeller, and Cole Porter, to name a few--appear in this glamorous scrapbook. This family photo album of the country's most social notables brings alive Palm Beach Mansions, Nob Hill vharity balls, Cape Cod yachting days, and Kentucky stables--the world of wealth and privilege. 300 illustrations, 50 in color.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408803313

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 714

The beloved, life-affirming international bestseller which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide - now a major film starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton To give them hope she must tell their story. It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

The Edwardians

Author: Vita Sackville-West

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525434003

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8688

An instant bestseller when it was published in 1930, this glittering satire of Edwardian high society features a privileged brother and sister torn between tradition and a chance at an independent life. Sebastian is young, handsome, moody, and the heir to Chevron, a vast and opulent ducal estate. He feels a deep love for the countryside and for his patrimony, but he loathes the frivolous social world his mother and her shallow friends represent. At one of his mother’s decadent house parties, Sebastian meets two people who shake his sense of self: Leonard Anquetil, a lowborn arctic explorer, who questions his mode of living; and Lady Roehampton, a married society beauty with a string of lovers, who breaks his heart. When Sebastian reaches the brink of despair, it is his self-possessed younger sister, Viola, who opens for them both a gateway to another world.

The Riviera Set

Author: Mary S. Lovell

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

ISBN: 1408705214

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 7787

The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties. After the War the story continued as the Château changed hands and Prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita Hayworth. Mary Lovell tells her story of high society behaviour with tremendous brio and relish, and this book has all the charm and fascination of her bestselling The Mitford Girls and The Churchills.

The High Society

Drugs and the Irish Middle Class

Author: Justine Delaney Wilson

Publisher: Gill & MacMillan

ISBN: 9780717141784

Category: Drug abuse

Page: 214

View: 8821

The High Society subverts these usual images and stereotypes by presenting a wide and varied group of professional people who are drug abusers and recovering addicts. Their stories challenge our glib and mistaken assumptions. Some may anger and horrify you. These are people whom we respect and with whom we all come in contact - among them our law makers and law enforcers, politicians and accountants, doctors and surgeons, our priests and our nuns. The 'professional' drug abuser - of which there are very, very many - forces us to re-examine our attitudes towards, and our awareness of, the drugs and the addicted around us. The High Society lifts the lid on the reality of substance abuse in contemporary, affluent, professional Ireland. It reveals our unreported drug problem for the first time.