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“The Bonfire of the Vanities” is Tom Wolfe at his best. Set in New York in the 1980s, the novel is a brilliant character study about race, politics, greed and egotism. The main protagonist is millionare Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street bonds salesman and self proclamed “Master of the Universe” who becomes involved in a hit and run accident in the Bronx while out with his mistress, Maria Ruskin. Crossing paths with an alcoholic journalist, a desperate district attorney and a shady black activist, the tale of Sherman McCoy falls into a dark and satirical drama filled with deception, bureaucracy, social snobbery and betrayl.

The luxurious apartment of Henry Kravis and Carolyne Roehm, decorated in 1985, and parodied in the movie version of  Bonfire of the Vanities. Source.

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