Iris Nowell takes her readers on a fascinating tour of a jewel-strewn toyland, where Hollywood's bright lights flaunt their millions with multiple mansions, and billionaires drop a million a year on personal appearance alone. Page after page, this world is revealed in minute detail, from the German watch collector who paid close to $700,000 for Duke Ellington's Patek Phillipe chronograph to Bill Gate's million-dollar residential real estate tax bill.
Crammed with so much information, the book might overwhelm, but just in time, Ms Nowell provides perspective: on the one hand, consumption on this scale takes a devastating toll all over the planet; on the other, well-directed wealth and effort can correct much of the damage. With this in mind, many of the super rich are taking steps to return spoiled land to its original state, from Ted Turner's vast tracts of would-be wilderness to Bette Midler's inner-city park clean-ups.
Ms Nowell urges readers to follow suit: "One person can make a difference." This should be required reading -- but why bother when it's so much fun? Filled with entertaining and compelling inspiration for everyday action to make the world a better place.