The Trick: Why Some People Can Make Money and Other People Can't (Paperback)William Leith (author)
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William Leith embarks on a journey into the strange, glittering, highly sought-after and morally dubious world of the super-rich. Shocking, bold and gloriously funny, The Trick explores humankind’s consuming desire for money and the many reasons behind its grossly unequal distribution.
Some people can make money. Other people can't. It's a thought that makes William Leith wake up in a cold sweat. He doesn't know why it makes him feel anxious. After all, money isn't real. We created it. Humans did. It's our masterpiece. But the desire for it is killing us.
It is this dilemma that sets William Leith off on an adventure into the bizarre, morally dubious, yet highly desirable world of the mega-rich.
He spends a day with the real-life Wolf of Wall Street who, not content with his hundreds of millions, devised a fraud so he could make hundreds of millions more. He visits a Baroque mansion where a Russian half-billionaire lives alone with his butler. He tours the estate of Felix Dennis, the maverick tycoon who commissioned an avenue of statues to tell the story of his life. He flies to private islands on private jets, meets private men in private clubs, experiencing the dizzy highs of a life without limits - but all it does is give him crippling anxiety. Throughout it all he asks himself: what makes these people wealthy? And how come I'm not?
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 164 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'The Trick takes all of Leith's writing habits - his mazy streams of consciousness (few writers are quite so enamoured of, or good at, watching themselves think) and his love of axiom - and, if anything, ups the ante... Hugely enjoyable' - Tim Adams, The Observer
'As a memoir and as comedy, it succeeds beautifully ... As a confessional, it is pretty much a masterclass - frank, tough-minded, funny, generous' - The New Statesman
'Resembles an expertly-paced stand-up routine ... Positively Izzard-esque' - Time Out
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