Decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous

Michael Knox has an absolutely fascinating bio of the amazingly decadent and recently deceased Count Gottfried von Bismarck, great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck, the man who took fractured German duchies and, for better or worse, united them into a single country.  In a relatively short essay, he manages to walk us through the amazingly debauched life of one member of the British cadre of “rich and famous,” while at the same time playing his life out against Otto von Bismarck’s own less alcoholic and sexualized attacks on German middle class mores.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Not decadent, Book, but depraved. We have our own examples here in the U.S., ranging from the House of Kennedy to the nouveau wannabees of Chateau Hollywood.