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Dead End Gene Pool - A Memoir

Wendy Burden

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For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy Burden's birth, the Burdens had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline-and were rarely seen not holding a drink. In Dead End Gene Pool, Wendy invites listeners to meet her tragically flawed family, including an uncle with a fondness for Hitler, a grandfather who believes you can never have enough household staff, and a remarkably flatulent grandmother. At the heart of the story is Wendy's glamorous and aloof mother, who, after her husband's suicide, travels the world in search of the perfect sea and ski tan, leaving her three children in the care of a chain-smoking Scottish nanny, Fifth Avenue grandparents, and an assorted cast of long-suffering household servants (who Wendy and her brothers love to terrorize). Rife with humor, heartbreak, family intrigue, and booze, Dead End Gene Pool offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of old money and gives truth to an old maxim: The rich are different.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Coleen Marlo

Length:

9h


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

16:27


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

40:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

40:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

47:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

52:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

44:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:23