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Black or white, you're scum,
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This review is from: The Bonfire of the Vanities (Picador Books) (Paperback)
This book destroys the pretence of modern America: a place to make you're dreams come true? a land where anyone can become President? If you're white and live in uptown Manhatten you are a one-dimensional ego-maniac, probably with a God-complex who regards anyone below your social status as vermin. You have no friends, only competitors. If you're black you are on the take, whether committing a car-jacking or white-collar fraud but you're protected by the white politicians desperate for black votes. If you can read you're regarded as some sort of evolutionary miracle.
Tom Wolfe has created a book where no-one comes out alive, the friends of Sherman McCoy, the former Master of the Universe, turn on him, the white DA tries to destroy him and the Reverand Bacon sails on protected by the colour of his skin. This book is a revelation: no heroes, just villains.