AMONG THE MANSIONS OF EDEN (2003) Beverly Hills may seem like a manicured enclave where aging movie stars hide out in mansions and credit-card-happy doyennes beat a daily path down Rodeo… 2003-03-18 History Nonfiction
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AMONG THE MANSIONS OF EDEN (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2003; Writer: David Weddle; Genres: History, Nonfiction

Beverly Hills may seem like a manicured enclave where aging movie stars hide out in mansions and credit-card-happy doyennes beat a daily path down Rodeo Drive. But in his intelligent sociological study, Weddle reveals the town has become a cautionary symbol for ''all the crass, rapturous, and tragic'' hopes that have turned its 5 1/2 square miles into a breeding ground for truly bizarre behavior. Eleven dishy chapters of historical footnotes and fresh, Vanity Fair-style reportage reveal a community at odds with its glamorous image. And Weddle opts to bring some of its lesser-known inhabitants -- race-baiting cops, deranged celebrity stalkers, teen stoners who look nothing like Tori Spelling -- to fascinating, full-bodied life.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints