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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Leamer Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has devastated the eternally sunny world of Palm Beach, bringing down multimillionaires and destroying once wealthy widows. At the center of the scandal is the isolated, insulated winter home of the mega wealthy. Suddenly, everyone in America is talking about the South Florida island and the rarified life so apart from the rest of America. Everyone wants to know what are the deepest truths of this strange, exotic universe of wealth and privilege.

In Madness Under the Royal Palms, Leamer tells a braided story involving a socialite determined to make it to the top of Palm Beach society, two infamous murders, and a powerful society reporter. As a backdrop, Leamer tells the story of the clash between old money and new, religion and status, and the love, lust, and fatal hatreds that determine the shape of a fiercely protected society. The cast of characters include trophy wives, trophy husbands, purported gigolos, glamorous widows, a pioneering gay couple, a wildly irreverent event planner, a sociopathic multimillionaire, and an elegant society queen.

For a hundred years Palm Beach has been a fantasy land nurtured by, and maintained for, the megawealthy. In the end, Leamer’s tale of money, murder and mad pretension reveals a darker strain. 

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  • “Tracing the history of Palm Beach and its magnificent real estate, describing the fabulous parties, investigating some of the city’s sordid secrets, Leamer’s book provides a memorable, and at times haunting, portrayal of high society at a moment of transition, where things are often not what they seem.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Madness offers buckets of heart-warmimg schadenfreude for all.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/14/2014

    " Sooo boring. Could barely get through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 2/11/2014

    " I kept the Book Review (Phila Inquirer) for a few years, and finally last month I did a search at my small NJ library, and now the book is due back in a few days, and I need to return it..... But I don't want to. Whew.... I'll write more when I finish reading about these crazy people. Money truly does not buy happiness. And in West Palm Beach money doesn't even buy relaxation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robert | 2/11/2014

    " Larry took a lot of heat from the denizens of Palm Beach after he wrote this book. He had to "flee" the island. I have the original version sans Bernie Madoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra Kale | 2/9/2014

    " This was a great read, I new some of the people. Very Interesting. "

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