From being blackmailed by Russian spies to best friends who betrayed their nearest and dearest for a taste of fame, the golden age of American high society was nowhere near as prim and proper as it seemed from the outside. 

The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy by lawyer and journalist Michael Knox Beran illuminates the scandalous lives of the US elites known as WASPs  – from Edie Sedgwick to Babe Paley. 

The acronym stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant – a group not necessarily only defined by whether or not the individual fell into those specific categories, but by

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