Who Killed Society? Signed by Slim Aarons

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[Signed by Slim Aarons] Amory, Cleveland. Who Killed Society? Later Printing. 1961. Book and dust jacket are both in good condition—binding seam is partially torn, but all pages intact, and jacket shows moderate rubbing and minor chipping to the spine and front cover with a nickel-sized chip to the upper back cover. Book is inscribed by Slim Aarons, one of the book’s photographers, “For Mary and the Rich Gallagher, the King and Queen of Books, Thanks, Slim Aarons.”

The jury is still out on who killed society, or if it is even in fact dead. However, we do know who shot it: Town & Country lensman Slim Aarons. His inscription in this copy makes this interesting book even more so. In it, noted social historian Cleveland Amory postulates that upstarts were using publicity to make society irrelevant, and offers a thousand anecdotes about American society in support of this idea. The Duchess of Windsor gets a particular thrashing here. Alas, it was perhaps not so clever of her to fire Amory as the ghostwriter of her memoirs. Amusing and well written. 

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