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  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470637927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470637920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David and Andrea Reiser have written a primer for parents...it did my heart good to know that getting it together as a family doesn't have to be an impossible dream." --Pat Farnack, WCBS New York


"Letters From Home offers parents a blueprint to raise children who will be successful in business and in life."
--Adam Shapiro, FOX Business

"There is much wisdom and common sense in this book. The big question is whether we have the inner-strength and commitment to make the sacrifices needed to bring about change."
--Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen

"This is the best parenting book I've ever read."
--Linda Hutchinson, The Review Hutch

"It's a message that, in the wrong hands, can seem sappy and outdated. In David and Andrea Reisers', it's vital. And very, very timely."
--Dan Woog, Westport News

From the Inside Flap

It's Time to Rediscover America.

Our nation is deteriorating. Slowly but surely the virtues and values we once celebrated--responsibility, resilience, dignity, respect--have been abandoned. Our work ethic has been replaced by an entitlement ethic. And as we lose the cultural traits that brought us to our leadership position, America's standing in the world will surely fall as well.

But there is good news, say David and Andrea Reiser. By rediscovering the qualities that made America great, we can start to turn things around. We can teach our young people--not to mention ourselves, our employees, and our fellow Americans of all ages--what truly leads to success, prosperity, and fulfillment. That's what Letters from Home is about. Written in the form of letters to the authors' four sons, it explores fifteen basic American virtues that built our country and that foster individual success. Each chapter includes profiles of exceptional "real people"--the authors' wealth management clients, friends, and neighbors--who truly walk the talk. A few examples of what the book teaches:
  • Work hard, and go above and beyond in all that you do
  • Be resilient and learn from adversity
  • Seize opportunity when it comes(and it comes every day)
  • Follow your moral compass faithfully and consistently
  • When you fall, take responsibility for getting back up
  • Save prudently and spend thoughtfully
  • Practice gratitude, and know that you're blessed
Part cultural treatise and part kick in the pants, Letters from Home is a moving reminder that we live in a land of freedom and opportunity. It should inspire us all--parents, influential leaders, and ordinary citizens alike--to do everything in our power to honor and perpetuate that legacy.

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This book touches upon all the virtues that seem to be lacking in today's modern society.
PAK
This is no theoretical text, it is easily readable and the personal stories make the values the authors are emphasizing very real.
Daniel J DeWitt
In this permissive society, it is wonderful learn lessons that help us to value people and to live a life of integrety.
Richard B.Silverman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J DeWitt on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a highly recommended read for any parent raising children or adult who is wondering how our society is developing. This is no theoretical text, it is easily readable and the personal stories make the values the authors are emphasizing very real. This is a book that will stay with the reader for quite awhile (hopefully forever) as the topics are timeless. Now, is a time for all of us to emphasize these values and ways of thinking not only in our teaching of children, but modeled in our behavior with other adults. This book will help remind you of what is important. (reviewed also at [...] by Daniel J. DeWitt, PhD)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Pfeiffer on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is the perfect antidote to the celebrity / me obsessed / combatative culture that seems so prevalent today. The authors use fascinating (and sometimes heartbreaking) real stories to illustrate the values that really matter. I am giving these as gifts to people I care about - especially to those with children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard B.Silverman on November 30, 2010
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The Reisers have done a great service to people at this time of turmoil in our society. Their book not only teaches us about unique individuals who contribute so much wisdom to all that they touch, they also show us wonderful role models for our children to follow.

In this permissive society, it is wonderful learn lessons that help us to value people and to live a life of integrety. The stories are not preachy. They are moving. It makes me want to have this kind of people in my life too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie A. Cross on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is fantastic. It really boils down what our problem in America is. Where have our values gone? Where has respect gone? We are going down the toilet and fast. David and Andrea really bring this to the attention of the American public and give great calls to action on how we can get ourselves out of the downward spiral we are in. Definitely two thumbs up and a definite MUST READ whether you're conservative or liberal alike. If you are an AMERICAN, this will apply to you!

So glad to be working with David and Andrea on this book campaign.

Great job. WAKE UP AMERICA!

Stephanie Cross
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PAK on October 14, 2010
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America is in dire need of restoration! But just how is it possible for us to mend her? Quite simply look back upon our forefathers who built this great nation. They did it with values and virtues. Society today seems to focus on instant gratification and entitlement that is owed them. People no longer want to work hard and save for their reward. They want it and want it now! They overextended themselves and that is what ultimately led to this country's financial downfall and crisis.
This book touches upon all the virtues that seem to be lacking in today's modern society. Values like education, integrity, honesty, self discipline, patience, hard work, kindness, gratitude, and more are discussed. The format of this book is refreshing. It is a series of heartfelt letters to their sons that are based on each of the values and virtues that are needed to provide personal fulfillment and financial wealth. Each chapter is then exemplified by someone the boys are familiar with. If more (all!) parents followed David and Andrea's advice on instilling these virtues to their children, America would return to her majestic standing!
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