In Praise of Nepotism (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 13, 2004 - Social Science
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Nepotism is one of those social habits we all claim to deplore in America; it offends our sense of fair play and our pride in living in a meritocracy. But somehow nepotism prevails; we all want to help our own and a quick glance around reveals any number of successful families whose sons and daughters have gone on to accomplish objectively great things, even if they got a little help from their parents.

In this wide-ranging, surprising, and eloquently argued book, Adam Bellow takes a pragmatic and erudite look at the innate human inclination toward nepotism. From ancient Chinese clans to the papal lineages of the Renaissance, to American families like the Gores, Kennedys, and Bushes, Bellow explores how nepotism has produced both positive and negative effects throughout history. As he argues, nepotism practiced badly or haphazardly is an embarrassment to all (including the incompetent beneficiary), but nepotism practiced well can satisfy a deep biological urge to provide for our children and even benefit society as a whole. In Praise of Nepotism is a judicious look at a controversial but timeless subject that has never been explored with such depth or candor, and a fascinating natural history of how families work.


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In praise of nepotism: a natural history

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Contents

The New Nepotismand the Old
1
NEPOTISM IN HISTORY
27
An Introduction to the Nepotistic System
29
FROM BIOLOGY TO CULTURE A Natural History of Nepotism
50
Nepotism in NonWestern Societies
79
The Hebrews Greeks and Romans
113
Nepotism in the Christian West
160
Borgia Bonaparte and Rothschild
188
The Nepotism of the Founders
277
Nepotism in the North West and South
315
The Middle Class Revolt Against Nepotism
369
HEIRS APPARENT JFK and the New Meritocratic Nepotism
418
THE ART OF NEPOTISM
463
American Nepotism Today
485
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
509
INDEX
549

NEPOTISM IN AMERICA
239
From Settlement to Revolution
241

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About the author (2004)

Adam Bellow is the former editorial director of the Free Press and is currently an editor-at-large for Doubleday. His articles and reviews have appeared in Talk, National Review, and The Atlantic Monthly, where a section of this book appeared.


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