The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters

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"Times like these cause us all to reexamine what really matters in our lives. The Secret of Shelter Island provides fresh perspectives, deeply felt insights, and compelling ideas about how to lead a richer life. And the writing is shockingly good."
Michael Masterson, bestselling author of Automatic Wealth and Power and Persuasion

"There are spiritual issues that adults ...

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Overview

Praise for The Secret of Shelter Island

"Times like these cause us all to reexamine what really matters in our lives. The Secret of Shelter Island provides fresh perspectives, deeply felt insights, and compelling ideas about how to lead a richer life. And the writing is shockingly good."
Michael Masterson, bestselling author of Automatic Wealth and Power and Persuasion

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

"In The Secret of Shelter Island, 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 author of The Mind of the Market, The Science of Good and Evil, and How We Believe

"The Secret of Shelter Island is exceptional-indeed brilliant!"
Edgar F. Puryear, author of Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470482285
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 972,508
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Green is the Investment Director of The Oxford Club, Chairman of Investment U, Editor of Spiritual Wealth, and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Gone Fishin' Portfolio: Get Wise, Get Wealthy...and Get On With Your Life (Wiley). He has been featured on Oprah & Friends, CNBC, Fox News, and The O'Reilly Factor, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and many other publications. He currently lives near Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife Karen, and their children Hannah and David.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: A Rich Mind.

Are You Suffering From Affluenza?

Why Money Won't Get You to Level Three.

The Great Mystery.

The Decent Drapery of Life.

The Difference Between Getting Rich and Being Rich.

The Key to Perfect Freedom.

The Secret of Inspirational Leadership.

Are You One of the 4%.

Finding Meaning In the Second Half of Life.

The Value of Being Utterly, Gloriously Wrong.

Advice From a 2000-Year Old Slave.

The Hardest Victory.

In Praise of Difficult Pleasures.

The True Gentleman.

Beyond Self-Actualization.

The Last Lesson of Culture.

Wealth That Can't Be Tallied.

Stumbling On Happiness.

The True Meaning of Success.

Part II: What's Most Important.

How to Calculate Your Real Net Worth.

The Most Valuable Thing You Own.

Good Answers to the Biggest Question.

Dreams With Deadlines.

What's On Your Bucket List.

The Most Beautiful Place on Earth?

How to Avoid “The Manana Syndrome”.

Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!

Enjoy Every Sandwich.

The Best Spiritual Advice.

Can a Mozart Violin Sonata Change Your Life?

How to Transform your life.

Six Steps to a More Relaxed Life.

One of the Best Secrets of Life.

Why I Hope Steve Jobs Is Wrong.

A Resolution Worth Keeping.

A Thorn with Every Rose.

Part III: Attitudes of Gratitude.

The Last Human Freedom.

Why You Should Think Before You “Blink”.

The Most Stupid of Vices.

The Psychology of Optimal Experience.

The Courage of Randy Pausch.

Are You Ready for the 21 Day Challenge?

No Such Thing As a Bad Day.

The Greatest Virtue…and the First.

Who's your City.

The Healing of Karen Armstrong.

The Cheapest Medicine … and the Best.

The Science of Giving.

The Antidote for Greed.

Are You Keeping the Embers Alive.

The Best Way Out.

Part IV: The Search for Meaning…And True Wealth.

Discovering the Laws of Life.

The Sage of Monticello.

The Wolf in Monk's Robes.

From Grand Truths to Grand Caverns.

The Great Disconnect.

The Atheist and the Apologist.

Guideposts on the Footpath to Peace.


Two Great Thinkers on “The Good Life”.

The Formula for Re-Enchantment.

In Praise of Lifelong Learning.

The Mysterium Tremendum…and You.

My Kind of Martyr.

Finding Meaning in an Age of Doubt.

Renewing a Forgotten Virtue.

The Secret of Shelter Island.

Afterword.

Bibliography.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    Feel good book of the year

    For those of us who grew up without grandfathers this is a great book to pick up for good old fashioned advice on how to live. It has a little more umph because it comes from a wall street big shot but at the same time this is its greatest failing. This guy is high on the hog and can really sit back and enjoy life now that he's at the top but what about all of us at the bottom? Should we be happy being at the bottom and just relax? End of the day I think the author comes off as a bit of hypocrite but does well with the crowd that is already looking to take life a little easier.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Amazing

    This book is a pleasant surprise. I expected something financial.

    The author is succinct, has elegant vocabulary, and is most erudite.

    It is a true gem and he is to be congratulated.

    Amf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    a read to think about.

    this is a wonderfull book to read if you want to think about what is important to you in life. with the nuggets of wisdom to make you a better person.

    mark

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    The Secret of Shelter Island

    I recently read Alex Green's latest book, "The Secret of Shelter Island". You occasionally hear comments such as, "if you only read one book this year...", or, " I found a book that I love so much that I want to give it as a gift to friends". This book is that book for me. It's that good. I carried the book around with me for 3 weeks. I finished it in just a few days, but I couldn't get enough of it. The terse prose filled with affecting meaningful sentiments that are only a couple of pages long, lend themselves to rereading. Believe me. I have made a mess of my personal copy with underlinings, notes, and stars. I've renamed many of the chapters so I can remember where they are in the book. Where's, "Can We Do This Everyday, Daddy?", my renamed title for the chapter on page 217, "The Formula for Re-Enchantment" Where's, "Eating in Cars" a chapter regarding the French culture and their utter and complete Un-Understanding of how we Americans can scarf down a meal while driving and miss out on the wonderful pleasure of a leisurely, sensuous, culinary feast. I did try to read Alex's first book but truthfully I didn't finish it. Money and investing are interesting important subjects but... There are much more important things in life. Exactly. Seriously meaningful lessons to be embraced and explored. My only negative criticism of the book is the title and the way it's in the Personal Finance section of your local bookstore, (B&N of course). Okay, I know his first book and his oeuvre is investing and how to make more money wealth, but this book deserves to have a different title and a spot in the Personal Improvement section. It should be retitled, "Maxims and Musing Reflections on what REALLY Matters", with a subtitle of, "It's NOT about Money". Learned readers often go to the biblio and index to find if the writer shares a kindred spirit with their own interests. I have read over half of the works cited by Alex, I'm much more pleased there's many I haven't read. Many new authors to discover, read and treasure. This book is a treasure. If you have any desire to better yourself and have only a speck of curiosity regarding what some of the great thinkers in life have to say- Read this book! What a brilliant sourcebook of great thinkers and important philosophies about the examined life. Abundant with great quotes and witticisms about- Living and enjoying your short time on this planet. Carpe Diem indeed Alex. Thanks, JeffP

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