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Money Secrets of the Rich and Famous [Hardcover]

Michael Reynard
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July 1, 1999 0756750563 978-0756750565
This enticing blend of biography, entertainment, & financial legacy chronicles the lives & fortunes of some of the most famous people in history. Uncovers triumphs, scandals, & miraculous strokes of luck in the lives of such celebrated figures as George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Paul Getty, Lucille Ball, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Alexander Graham Bell, Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Houdini, Howard Hughes, John D. Rockefeller, James Dean, & Elvis Presley. Documented with rare images of personal checks, photos, & illustrations, this is a dazzling read for anyone captivated by fame & fortune.

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"A fascinating look at how famous fortunes have been made, spent, and lost. Michael Reynard literally opens the checkbooks of the rich and well known and provides a unique look at their spending habits and attitudes toward wealth." -- Rene Russo, actor<br /><br />"Michael Reynard has put together a stunningly original collection on the famous and infamous that is remarkable. . . . Fascinating!" -- George C. Scott, actor<br /><br />"Michael Reynard satisfies our curiosity about some of the richest and most glamorous people with his amazing accumulation of data from many sources. . . . A very readable book. I could barely put it down." -- John K. Lattimer, Professor, Columbia University<br /><br />"The subject of money has always been intriguing and, with Money Secrets of the Rich and Famous, Michael Reynard's "detective work" reveals all kinds of personal details about his subjects. His book is not only thoroughly entertaining, but each page is packed with fascinating, never-before-seen material about the very rich, the very famous, and the very powerful." -- Grace Diekhaus, Producer, 60 Minutes<br /><br />This is an extraordinary book combining, as it does, both the commonplace day-to-day chores of living and the rocket-to-the-moon temperaments of these explosive people." --Dean Riesner, screenwriter, Dirty Harry

About the Author

Michael Reynard is an American history scholar and physician who has had a fascination for finance since he was old enough to spend money. He is a graduate of Stanford University, the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Reynard holds several patents in fiber optic and laser technology and practices ophthalmology in Santa Monica, California. He is the author of numerous scientific articles as well as many articles on financial documents and their historical significance. He is a member of the Society of Paper Money Collectors and the American Society of Check Collectors.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Diane Pub Co (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756750563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756750565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,395,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically fun! November 25, 1999
By Bill G
I bought this book as a gift...and then had to buy one for myself. I really couldn't put it down it was so much fun. The author has a gift for telling non-fiction stories in a manner that makes it read like great fiction. I learned more about famous people here than I did in many biographies, and all the way had fun doing it. It's a book that's very hard to stop reading. I wish it were longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down! December 13, 1999
Fascinating information about the financial lives of many famous people! If you are interested in the rich and famous, this book is for you. I read lots of technical books. This book was a nice diversion... very easy and extremely enjoyable to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read. Something for everyone. November 7, 1999
By A Customer
The book is fun to read and tells how celebrites and historical figures made and spent their fortunes. Something for everyone with chapters ranging from Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe to Thomas Edison and Babe Ruth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stories and insights about money and fame October 10, 1999
By A Customer
The author is a terrific story teller who reveals fascinating details and insights into the money lives of the rich and famous. Accompanied by photographs of these celebrities as well as significant financial documents, this is a great read!
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