This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild

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The billionaire Russian “oiligarch” whose replica of Czar Alexander II’s yacht plies a vast man-made Crimean lake, brimming not with water but billions of gallons of petroleum from his own pipeline...

The packaged-suttee mogul Sir Sith Ram Pramba, who sliced the top off Mount Everest and installed it on his terrace atop a Park Avenue apartment building...

The heir to a California railroad spike fortune who uses a private cross-country tunnel, assembled from giant redwoods laid end to end, for 120-mph runs in cars from his exotic équipe between San Francisco and New York...

The vast Montana lodge where Gulfstreams land in the living room and an ex-CIA drone ferries fresh casks of Côtes du Rhône along the three-mile route between the wine cellar and the dining hall...

The unsinkable forty-room polystyrene iceberg cum floating vacation retreat where Claude Ste. Nervous, the Quebec Styrofoam king, cruises the Arctic Ocean in high summer and, riding on his tamed polar bear, hunts for baby seals...

These and dozens more of that new breed of swashbuckling post-millennial Midases dedicated to self-indulgent fun—whatever the cost in money, ecological mayhem, environmental devastation, and other such nuisances—are celebrated in This Land Was Made for You and Me (but Mostly Me), this lavishly illustrated chronicle that nobody expected or even wanted, but that Bruce McCall and David Letterman went ahead and created anyway.

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About the Author:

Bruce McCall is a Canadian expatriate who began his career in a commercial art studio, switched to journalism and then advertising, and began writing and painting humorous subjects in the seventies, first with National Lampoon and ultimately for The New Yorker, where he has done fifty covers. McCall has published six previous books, including Thin Ice, a memoir about growing up Canadian. He lives in New York City.
 
David Letterman is an American television host.

From Booklist:

Author and illustrator McCall teams up with late-night host Letterman for this brilliant parody of the lifestyle of the One Percent, the richest of the American rich. It’s a guide to their lavish vacation getaways: Midas Upwith’s Montana hunting lodge with an indoor landing strip; Scab Hitler’s shark-shaped, underwater artist’s studio; the remote mountain retreat of Skip and Irmtraud Bastinado (“he owns oil-rich Abu Dhabi, she collects chocolate-covered Fabergé eggs”) that’s accessible only by a massive catapult; F. F. Formica’s ranch house with its mile-long fireplace; Styrofoam billionaire Claude Ste. Nervous’ artificial iceberg. The text is witty, and McCall’s illustrations are beautifully executed, reminiscent of 1930s- and ’40s-style “world of the future” art from magazines like Mechanix Illustrated and Astounding Science Fiction. Paralleling the text, the illustrations have their own visual humor (the polar-bear rug on the floor of Ste. Nervous’ motorized iceberg). Readers who enjoy a good parody—especially something in the vein of Items from Our Catalogue, the 1982 spoof of the L. L. Bean catalog—will find much to laugh at here. --David Pitt

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