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What does it mean to be truly wealthy?

As a longtime financial writer and nationally acclaimed investment advisor, Alexander Green understands the importance of money. But in this insightful and inspiring new book, he looks beyond traditional measures of wealth to explore how a rich life is one of significance, not just financial success.

As Green observes, money creates wealth, but so do character, conscience, attitude, and wisdom. Only by incorporating each of these elements into your day-to-day existence can you experience what the ancients called "the good life."

A generous, wide-ranging inquiry into what matters most, Beyond Wealth is a road map to a rich life, to what the author calls "True Wealth."

The book contains more than sixty-five commentaries on topics ranging from love, health, leisure, honor, courage, trust, philosophy, history, science, and spirituality. And the author's perspective on each subject is broadened and deepened by liberal quotations from Shakespeare, Thoreau, Emerson, Gandhi, Einstein, Tolstoy, and other great minds.

Beyond Wealth is full of practical wisdom. Yet it is also a book of contemplations, promoting both greater understanding and deep reflection. Each piece can be read alone and is characterized by brevity, wit, and a liveliness of mind that recalls the best of Montaigne and Swift.

Combining personal anecdotes with provocative insights and timeless truths, Beyond Wealth is a fascinating exploration of the unique intersection between money, personal fulfillment, and successful living.

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"Alexander Green, one of today's most successful financial advisors, here applies his wisdom to even more important questions: how to live justly, creatively, and serenely amidst the distractions and frustrations we daily encounter. Drawing upon history, science, and the insights of spiritual teachers, Green's beautifully written essays will help readers form and act upon a philosophy of their own."—Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848

"In Beyond Wealth, Alex asks us to rethink what it means to be truly rich. It's not just about money or the things it can buy. It's also about raising your consciousness and understanding of the world. These essays are a good step in that direction. Highly recommended."—John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods

"Alex Green shows one how to engage the material world without losing one's spirituality, meaning, and larger purpose. With an economy of words and poignancy of thought, Green cuts straight to the heart of what really matters in life." —Michael Shermer, monthly columnist for Scientific American and bestselling author of The Science of Good and Evil and The Believing Brain

"There are spiritual issues that adults have to think about. Alex Green recognizes that, and writes about them beautifully." —Charles Murray, bestselling author of The Bell Curve, Human Accomplishment, and Real Education

"Beyond Wealth is simply superb. Alex Green is a national treasure."—Edgar F. Puryear, bestselling author of 19 Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership and American Generalship: Character Is Everything, The Art of Command

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Buxman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 11, 2011
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Alexander Green is someone who knows how to make money. Although I do not know him personally, as a subscriber to numerous Agora publications I have made a good deal of profit on his recommendations, but I am by no means wealthy. Beyond Wealth is a self-explanatory title, since it focuses on the issues that arise in life once you step outside of yourself and realize that the rat race isn't all it's cracked up to be. This compilation of essays covers a wide territory from classical philosophy to current events and is written in a lucid and compelling manner. I agree that it would make an excellent graduation gift, or just a good book to have at hand if you have a few moments to spare. The author exhibits a wide and deep array of knowledge that is woefully absent in today's Talking Head Media and he demonstrates a true appreciation of what it means to be wealthy, both in terms of financial and spiritual aspects. This is a book that is worthy of your investment, both in time and money.
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"Beyond Wealth, delves into the psychosocial issues of our time and how they intersect with our financial and personal successes. Reminding us that our time on this earth is fleetly and worth savoring, Alex eloquently soothes our angst with lessons from the past and narratives from the present bringing us full circle in the quest to live a rich life measured beyond currency."
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I met Alexander Green a little over four years ago. As we got to know each other, we found we had similar interests: conversation, music, books, reading, and writing. He's a master at the latter, and I owe him a lot for mentoring me.

Alex's new book, "Beyond Wealth" can be read in the normal fashion, from front to back. But you can also pick it up, turn to any chapter, and just start reading.

There's no question you will learn something... perhaps even something about yourself you didn't know. Best of all, it will cause you to think and wonder, and you'll be a better human being for it. I know I am.

You see, I love being outside, in the woods... on a mountaintop... walking along a deserted beach... or on the water. Anywhere I can be alone... with my own thoughts. It's all very personal to me.

Perhaps that's why I enjoy Alex's new book Beyond Wealth so much. After pouring over endless financial data and company reports every day, picking up Beyond Wealth, kicking back, and reading a chapter or two is just the ticket for me... just when I need it.

There's a message in every chapter. Sometimes it's something we know we should be doing, but haven't been... or something we are doing, but shouldn't be.

Or something about a subject we haven't given much thought to. He always has something interesting to say. The world, indeed the universe, holds many mysteries. Alex explores many of them, one at a time.

With an incredibly articulate command of the English language... indeed, akin to Bill Bryson... Alex puts together a message in a few pages that always moves me in some way.

Beyond Wealth causes me to pause... take a step back... think differently about myself... about others... my family... my kids... my friends...
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I'm buying several copies, because when it comes to upcoming graduation gifts and holiday gifts, this kind of book is always perfect. Inspiring, but not full of superficial platitudes. This book contains fascinating insights from both a historical perspective and modern experiences...about wealth, but not all about money. Very contemporary and accessible for the young adult; also sophisticated and at times humorous. Alex Green is a master at combining all these sensibilities. I also like it's bite-sized chapters, so you can learn something in just a short reading. Perfect for those who are busy or with low attention spans like me!
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I have been investing for myself since 1983, and, when I began, I invested in America's Finest Companies, according to Bill Staton. I did well, it was slow and boring, so, when Bill retired (probably to start spending his money), and I totally lost focus. The stock market was on fire, and there were so many things and sectors that were doing well.

Not to disparage Money Magazine, but it became my stock advisory. Believe it or not, on its recommendation, I bought 2 shares of Berkshire Hathaway at $8,000, and, when it hit $13,000, I sold it, but I needed that money to pay income taxes. I thought I was a stock-picker, a real guru, and it worked for a long time. My portfolio really took off.

Live and learn. While I didn't lose my shirt when the tech bubble burst, because I pretty much stayed away from them, I lost half the value of what was, at least for me, a pretty good foundation for a retirement plan. Then, I started gambling, and I subscribed to a handful of stock advisory newsletters. I invested and lost a lot more money in Chinese stocks that sounded too good to fail, but did. That did it for me. I had a big wake-up call and realized that, what had been going well for me in the beginning, was still going well. I had been chasing rabbits, and it was exciting while it lasted, but the slow-moving tortoise beats the hare every time. You must believe that, and, while watching a race between them may not be very exciting, if you invest in large, blue-chip American companies, with international exposure and long histories of paying and growing their dividends, you cannot go wrong. Now, I'm back where I started, and I kick myself for not staying the course for the past 30 years. If I had, I'd be wealthy enough to think that I just might be able to retire. This book is good, it's easy to read and it lives up to it 's title.
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