English Summary/英文概要： 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, Laurence Leamer has the answers. It took him fifteen years to get them, and to expose the inner life and drama of the wealthy as it has never been exposed before. It is an often shocking, scandalous book that will forever change not only the way Palm Beach is viewed but the life of wealth and privilege in America.
Chinese Summary/中文概要： 前美國那斯達克主席馬多夫(Bernard Madoff)，所引發的美國最大金融騙局，壓垮多數人的富裕生活，其中尤其影響佛羅里達州最著名的上流社區(Palm Beach)，徹底拖下此地的百萬富豪。
Laurence Leamer寫過13本書，其中最廣為人知的是關於甘迺迪和他所交往的女人們《The Kennedy Women and Fantastic》，和《真實謊言-阿諾史瓦辛格的傳奇人生(FANTASTIC：THE LIFE OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER)》(簡體已售)。Laurence活躍於各期刊雜誌，諸如The New York Times Magazine、Harper’s、Playboy等。(CL)
Awards/获奖情况： Leamer (The Kennedy Women) reveals the secrets of the Palm Beach elite who reside behind the high walls and manicured hedges of this exclusive enclave. A winter resident since 1994, the author gains the trust of his subjects, playing tennis with them and attending their parties. Such firsthand experience is supplemented by newspaper articles and interviews with scores of men and women who, although usually guarded, are unusually open to Leamer (the informant for the chapter Palm Beach Millionaire Seeks Playmate gave the author access to his personal papers, including unpublished memoirs). The book’s highly visual vignettes—dominated by divorce, infidelity, excessive drinking and violence—produce a depressing picture of sad, angry, insecure and frequently nasty people hiding behind empty smiles, luxury cars and socially invisible servants. Leamer reflects: Like [Henry] James, I found that few of the lives have the beauty of the surroundings, or the depths of the artistic vision that inspired this island. Some readers may find this book a penetrating portrayal of a privileged segment of the American population; others might regard it as a book-length gossip column. (Feb.) ---From Publishers Weekly
||About the Author/作者介绍： Laurence Leamer is the author of thirteen books, including The Kennedy Women and Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, with many bestsellers among them. Leamer was on the staff at Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Playboy, and many other publications. He lives in Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.