Zoom Book Discussion
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Book: Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West
Author: Justin Farrell
What: Grab a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a drink of choice and join the question and answer discussion.
Book Description: This is a controversial read – the first question you will be asked is if the author/researcher has an agenda. Probably, you won’t find any surprises within the pages, but no doubt the discussion will be a lively one.
Billionaire Wilderness looks at the exclusive world of the ultra-wealthy and shares how today’s richest people are using the natural environment – seemingly, 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 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.
This read reveals how the ultra-wealthy are buying up 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 exposes the hidden connections between wealth concentration and the environment, two of the most pressing and contentious issues of our time.