Coupon
This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me) : Billionaires in the Wild
by Bruce McCall and David Letterman


Overview - The billionaire Russian oiligarch whose replica of Czar Alexander II s yacht plies a vast man-made Crimean lake, brimming not with water but billions of gallons of petroleum from his own pipeline
The packaged-suttee mogul Sir Sith Ram Pramba, who sliced the top off Mount Everest and installed it on his terrace atop a Park Avenue apartment building
The heir to a California railroad spike fortune who uses a private cross-country tunnel, assembled from giant redwoods laid end to end, for 120-mph runs in cars from his exotic equipe between San Francisco and New York
The vast Montana lodge where Gulfstreams land in the living room and an ex-CIA drone ferries fresh casks of Cotes du Rhone along the three-mile route between the wine cellar and the dining hall
The unsinkable forty-room polystyrene iceberg cum floating vacation retreat where Claude Ste.
  Read more...

 
Hardcover
  • $25.95
  • 20% off for Members: Get the Club Price
    $ 20.76

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock. Allow Additional 1 Week for Shipping. Not Guaranteed for Christmas Delivery.

Free Shipping is not available for this item.
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 53 copies from $2.99
 
 
 

More About This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me) by Bruce McCall; David Letterman
 
 
 
Overview
The billionaire Russian oiligarch whose replica of Czar Alexander II s yacht plies a vast man-made Crimean lake, brimming not with water but billions of gallons of petroleum from his own pipeline
The packaged-suttee mogul Sir Sith Ram Pramba, who sliced the top off Mount Everest and installed it on his terrace atop a Park Avenue apartment building
The heir to a California railroad spike fortune who uses a private cross-country tunnel, assembled from giant redwoods laid end to end, for 120-mph runs in cars from his exotic equipe between San Francisco and New York
The vast Montana lodge where Gulfstreams land in the living room and an ex-CIA drone ferries fresh casks of Cotes du Rhone along the three-mile route between the wine cellar and the dining hall
The unsinkable forty-room polystyrene iceberg cum floating vacation retreat where Claude Ste. Nervous, the Quebec Styrofoam king, cruises the Arctic Ocean in high summer and, riding on his tamed polar bear, hunts for baby seals
These and dozens more of that new breed of swashbuckling post-millennial Midases dedicated to self-indulgent fun whatever the cost in money, ecological mayhem, environmental devastation, and other such nuisances are celebrated in This Land Was Made for You and Me (but Mostly Me), this lavishly illustrated chronicle that nobody expected or even wanted, but that Bruce McCall and David Letterman went ahead and created anyway."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399163685
  • ISBN-10: 0399163689
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 105
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.77 x 11.32 x 0.47 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.48 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Design > General
Books > Humor > Form - Parodies

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Writer and illustrator McCall and late night talk-show monarch Letterman have teamed up to offer a scathing and hilarious look at horrible fictional monuments built by wealthy members of the “one percent” to “ransack Nature’s bounty for the private pleasure of the demanding few.”) These include the only Montana hunting lodge with its own indoor airport (built by the heir to the “SwillMart discount” fortune); the rolling home-on-the road Gyro-Ball Rollerhome Lifesphere Mark I; an Olympic-size Jacuzzi powered by “the southwest Pacific’s first and only nuclear power plant”; and a three-thousand-mile-long tube built from hollowed out giant redwood trees featuring a private highway running straight from San Francisco to New York City. Those familiar with McCall’s cover paintings for the New Yorker will delight in his illustrations, each featuring a smooth precision that serves to underscore the hideous nature of each project. But Letterman is the real surprise here. Unshackled from the bonds of TV monologue jokes or top 10 lists, his dispassionate accounts of these monumental horrors display a ruthless precision that evokes humorist Robert Benchley, especially in his use of names, such as “millionaire ex-Department of Indian Affairs Casino Graft Director Huckster Frunk Jr. Sr.” Agent: Erin Malone, WME. (Nov.)

 
BAM Customer Reviews