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Imagine private jets ready for an afternoon flight to New York City for a transcontinental  shopping trip . . . luxury yachts circling the globe awaiting their owner's arrival . . . fully staffed but rarely visited vacation homes throughout the world. The rich live trouble free lives of graceful ease. Or do they?

In Fables of Fortune, author Richard Watts pulls back the brocade curtain to reveal the precarious path of wanting more. As the advisor to the super rich, Watts reflects on the reality of wealth and a difficult and heartbreaking lesson: "The wealthiest person is not who has the most, but who needs the least."

Fables of Fortune convincingly persuades readers that wealth may be overrated. Through vignettes based on true stories, Watts reveals the challenges the super-wealthy face, including
marriages based on net worth, interfamily inheritance battles, faux friends, entitled children,
alienation, and spiritual depletion.

The successes and failures of life inspire the heartbeat of passion and self-actualization.

Watts will challenge readers to reconsider key life questions of personal value and discover surprising new answers. Fables of Fortune reveals an honest, comparative, eyeopening analysis for any reader who believes wealth is a rose without thorns. Read on and gain perspective and appreciation for your own real fortune in life.

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Do you believe just a little more money would solve many of your problems?
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Company (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937110125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937110123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Book Fanatic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really compelling book describing the negative effects of having money. The stories and examples are primarily from the super rich, however the lessons apply to any level of income above average middle class in my mind. They are disturbing stories about what money does to people and how it takes us away from what is really important - friends, family, and other relationships. It's hard to describe what struck me about this book. Maybe it's how having money removes the basic source of self-esteem - a sense of accomplishment. It's a very quick read, but it really, really makes you think. Money may not be the root of all evil, but it's certainly not the root of happiness either. It may be one of the most serious threats to true happiness.

Recommended.
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Very honest eye-opening stories from someone who has been on the inside and seen up close what really goes on for these families. This is a book that I still think about, that I'll read again, and that I'll be taking in for some time to come. I've searched for books like this for some time--this is the best I've found. Highly grounded.
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Richard Watts speaks from massive experience and is brutally honest in his advice regarding unearned wealth flowing to younger generations.His blistering clarity will no get your attention. I recommend this book without reservation.
Rodger Alan Friedman
Author of "Forging Bonds Of Steel"
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Fables of Fortune examines the lives of the "super-rich" and how they may or may not be a life that the rest of us should be envying. It looks at the power money has to change inherently change an individual and a family. But this book has so many more lessons that can be applied to the "average" individual and family as well. Highly recommended.

Note: I received a printed version for review and purchased the Kindle version for myself.
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Great book. Liked the specific examples of rich families who bear a horrible burden. Much of this was what I expected or have even observed, but it was good to get a comprehensive view. It appears the best thing is to have a good amount of wealth but not too much so that it become a burden!
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I am a frequent reader of primarily non-fiction books. A friend of mine asked me to read this (although I am not a big fan of the self help aisle). I must say, I was completely blown away at how intuitive the author's view is on many of the perceived struggles that those with less financial success have in America. We all know that "money can't buy happiness," but we never appreciate that sometime too much money bring unhappiness. The book gives a rare look into the lives of the wealthy in America that is eye-opening. I would encourage everyone to give this a read!
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I really enjoyed this...easy ready, but very compelling. I think ppl of all incomes would enjoy this...it really makes you thankful for what you have---a little, or a lot. The book does a few things. First, it looks at some of the cool things the rich get to do...very interesting. Then, he goes through and highlights some of the hidden things you would not think of; the dark side of money. Very interesting. Perhaps most compelling are the observations about every day life, that he's noticed bc the rich do not get to enjoy them. I plan on reading it a second time. Easy read. I highly recommend it, and would love to read more.
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I heard about this book on NPR on an interview with the author. This book provides an interesting insight to world most of us will never see. It is well written and reads very fast. The stories about the ultra rich are entertaining. It was well worth a "used book purchase."
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