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Tad Friend’s vivid memoir offers an insider’s guide to the peculiar anthropological habits of America’s now nearly extinct WASP ruling establishment.Tad Friend's memoir offers an insider's guide to America's nearly extinct WASP ruling establishment.

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Two memoirs -- Eve Pell’s “We Used to Own the Bronx” and Christopher Buckley’s “Losing Mum and Pup” -- demonstrate, each in its own way, that all that glitters is not gold and that the price exacted by extreme social anxiety is very high indeed. A feast of the higher gossip and raw meat for social anthropologists.

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