An Embarrassment of Riches: Tapping Into the World's Greatest Legacy of Wealth

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"In An Embarrassment of Riches, Alex Green reveals a decidedly different world than the one we get from the 24-hour news cycle. By virtually every measure of human well-being, we are living in the best of times. If you're concerned about the future, this is the case for rational optimism. Enthusiastically recommended."
—Joel F. Wade, PhD, author of Mastering Happiness

"An unrepentant optimist, Alex Green ...

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Overview

Praise for An Embarrassment of Riches

"In An Embarrassment of Riches, Alex Green reveals a decidedly different world than the one we get from the 24-hour news cycle. By virtually every measure of human well-being, we are living in the best of times. If you're concerned about the future, this is the case for rational optimism. Enthusiastically recommended."
—Joel F. Wade, PhD, author of Mastering Happiness

"An unrepentant optimist, Alex Green here counters the emotional but nonfactual arguments of the doomsday pundits. The truth is we've never had it so good—and I believe the uplifting worldview, so eloquently expressed in these pages, will prevail."
—Mark Skousen, Editor of Forecasts & Strategies, founder of FreedomFest and bestselling author of Investing in One Lesson, The Big Three in Economics, The Making of Modern Economics and Maxims of Wall Street

"An Embarrassment of Riches is a superb collection of essays that looks clearly at the challenge of finding meaning and perspective in our post-modern world. The insights here are not just thought-provoking but deeply inspiring."
—Michael Masterson, bestselling author of Automatic Wealth, The Reluctant Entrepreneur and Seven Years to Seven Figures

"In An Embarrassment of Riches, Alex Green opens the door to a fuller, better way to think about wealth. Finally, someone is talking not just about quantity but about quality."
—Bill Bonner, founder of Agora Publishing and bestselling author of Family Fortunes, The New Empire of Debt and The Idea of America

"This book is a beacon. With each page, Alex reminds us—with characteristic insight and wit—that there is much to be thankful for, if we would only open our eyes and see."
—Hal Movius, founder and President of Movius Consulting and co-author of Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118608821
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013
  • Series: Agora Series , #81
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 403,315
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER GREEN is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club and the author of three national bestsellers: The Gone Fishin' Portfolio, The Secret of Shelter Island and Beyond Wealth. He has been featured on Oprah & Friends, Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, CNBC, MSNBC, and C-SPAN and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and many other publications. He currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Winter Springs, Florida, with his wife Karen and their children, Hannah and David.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

PART ONE: A WEALTH OF GRATITUDE 1

A Message from the Land of the Unwell 3

The Reason You Should Be Biased 7

What We Live to Discover 11

Like No Other Nation in the World 15

How to Put a Touch of Glory in Your Life 19

The Greatest Star of Them All 22

The Man Who Invented Christmas 26

Do You Know Where You Are? 29

The Mind-Boggling Universe, Part II 32

The Best That Has Been Thought and Said 35

A Titan for Freedom and Prosperity 39

The Great Key to Successful Living 43

What You Can Learn from “The Gadfl y of Athens” 46

The True Rulers of the Planet 50

Confessions of an Analog Man 54

How to Be Miserable in One Easy Lesson 58

For Music Lovers Only 61

PART TWO: A WEALTH OF WISDOM 65

Where Can Wisdom Be Found? 69

Discovering a New Sense of the Sacred 73

The Cash Value of the American Mind 76

The Key to Civility … and Greatness 79

How to Defeat Death 83

The Sage Who Spoke to Everyman 86

The Greatest Best Seller of All Time 90

The Pursuit of Moral Perfection 94

How Apple Got Its Zen 97

The Secret of “Big-Ass Salads” 101

Take a Vacation Inside Your Head 107

The Biggest Question of Them All 111

A Requiem for an Atheist 115

The Nation’s Most Misunderstood Man 120

Why Grant’s Final Victory Was His Greatest 124

The Other Freedom Document of 1776 129

The Right Man at the Right Time 134

The Most Powerful Thing You Can Do for Your Body 137

The “Howling Atheist” Who Governed the Country 143

PART THREE: A WEALTH OF UNDERSTANDING 149

Why You Love and Need the Rat Race 153

How to Live the “Good Life” 156

Nassim Nicholas Taleb … and the Pursuit of Phronesis 159

The Gift a Man Gives Himself 162

A Billionaire’s Best Advice 165

The Lost Art of Conversation 168

A Visit Everyone Should Make 172

The Man Who Made Dreams Come True 176

How to Talk Politics without Committing Murder 180

The True Secret of Success 184

How to Be a Big Loser 188

Three Words That Will Save Your Life 193

Are You Awake? 196

The One Factor That Changes Everything 200

The Lies We Tell Ourselves 205

How the First Americans Became Last 208

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying 213

A Short Lesson in Humility 217

Afterword 219

Further Reading 223

About the Author 227

Index 229

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