Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers by Tom Wolfe

This book is a satirical exploration of the interactions and contradictions between high society and radical politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first part of the book focuses on a fundraising party for the Black Panthers hosted by a wealthy New York couple, examining the complex mix of guilt, fascination, and patronizing attitudes among the elite guests. The second part of the book delves into the dynamics of racial tension and bureaucracy in San Francisco, revealing how marginalized groups learned to manipulate the system for their own benefit.

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Total Points: 141

Since this book was first published in 1970, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 141.0.

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