Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

This novel follows the life of a successful Wall Street bond trader who, after a wrong turn in the Bronx, finds his life spiraling out of control. After a hit-and-run accident in a predominantly black neighborhood, he becomes the target of a political witch hunt, exacerbating racial tensions in the city. As the protagonist's world unravels, the story provides a satirical commentary on 1980s New York City, exploring themes of racism, classism, politics, and greed.

The 260th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1464

Since this book was first published in 1987, there is a penalty of 20.8%. The age adjusted score is 1159.49.

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