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A revealing look at the intersection of wealth, philanthropy, and conservation

Billionaire Wilderness takes you inside the exclusive world of the ultra-wealthy, showing how today's richest people are using the natural environment to solve the existential dilemmas they face. Justin Farrell spent five years in Teton County, Wyoming, the richest county in the United States, and a community where income inequality is the worst in the nation. He conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews, gaining unprecedented access to tech CEOs, Wall Street financiers, oil magnates, and other prominent figures in business and politics. He also talked with the rural poor who live among the ultra-wealthy and often work for them. The result is a penetrating account of the far-reaching consequences of the massive accrual of wealth, and an eye-opening and sometimes troubling portrait of a changing American West where romanticizing rural poverty and conserving nature can be lucrative—socially as well as financially.

Weaving unforgettable storytelling with thought-provoking analysis, Billionaire Wilderness reveals how the ultra-wealthy are buying up the land and leveraging one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world to climb even higher on the socioeconomic ladder. The affluent of Teton County are people burdened by stigmas, guilt, and status anxiety—and they appropriate nature and rural people to create more virtuous and deserving versions of themselves. Incisive and compelling, Billionaire Wilderness reveals the hidden connections between wealth concentration and the environment, two of the most pressing and contentious issues of our time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Billionaire Wilderness
  1. Introduction: Setting Off into the Wilderness
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. PART I. How We Got Here and What It Feels Like
  1. 1. New Nation of the Ultra-Wealthy
  2. pp. 31-48
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  1. 2. Mount Billionaire
  2. pp. 49-76
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  1. PART II. Using Nature to Solve Economic Dilemmas
  1. 3. Compensation Conservation
  2. pp. 81-98
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  1. 4. Connoisseur Conservation
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. 5. Gilded Green Philanthropy
  2. pp. 120-143
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  1. 6. Moneyfest Destiny
  2. pp. 144-166
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  1. PART III. Using Rural People to Solve Social Dilemmas
  1. 7. Becoming Rural Poor, Naturally
  2. pp. 171-203
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  1. 8. Guilt Numbed
  2. pp. 204-238
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  1. PART IV. Ultra-Wealth through the Eyes of the Working Poor
  1. 9. No Time for Judgment
  2. pp. 243-264
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  1. 10. Cracking the Veneer
  2. pp. 265-298
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  1. Epilogue: The Future of Wealth and the West
  2. pp. 299-308
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  1. Appendix: Methodological Notes
  2. pp. 309-338
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 339-356
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  1. References
  2. pp. 357-368
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 369-378
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691185811
Related ISBN
9780691176673
MARC Record
OCLC
1135665368
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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