Books Dead End Gene Pool A Memoir by Wendy Burden Hardcover, 279 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleDead End Gene PoolSubtitleA MemoirAuthorWendy Burden Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt presents an insider's tour of America's old-money wealthy class, profiling the members of her dysfunctional family while identifying toxic factors and behaviors that have influenced their downfall. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Dead End Gene Pool Chris Silas Neal Critics' Lists: Summer 2010 Fun In The Sun: Laugh-Out-Loud Summer Books July 21, 2010 Read these books at the beach, and people two towels over will wonder why you're chortling. There are plenty of books that will make you laugh, but critic Heller McAlpin separates the mere giggles from the all-out gut-busters.