The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters [NOOK Book]

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How to lead a "rich" life during trying economic times

In The Secret of Shelter Island, nationally renowned financial analyst and bestselling author Alexander Green explores the complicated relationship we all have with money and reveals the road map to a rich life.

Drawing on some of today's best minds and many of history's greatest thinkers, The Secret of Shelter Island is both a much-needed source of ...

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The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters

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Overview

How to lead a "rich" life during trying economic times

In The Secret of Shelter Island, nationally renowned financial analyst and bestselling author Alexander Green explores the complicated relationship we all have with money and reveals the road map to a rich life.

Drawing on some of today's best minds and many of history's greatest thinkers, The Secret of Shelter Island is both a much-needed source of inspiration and an insightful look at the role of both money and values in the pursuit of the good life.

  • Addresses what really matters when it comes to money and how to make smarter decisions with what you have
  • Describes the profound connection between money, character, personal philosophy, and outlook
  • Other bestselling titles by Green: The Gone Fishin' Portfolio

If you want to understand what ultimately provides meaning, contentment, and the satisfaction of a life well-lived, then read The Secret of Shelter Island.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470522288
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 432,147
  • File size: 549 KB

Meet the Author

Alexander Green is the Investment Director of The Oxford Club, Chairman of Investment U, and the Editor of Spiritual Wealth. 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 is the author of the bestselling title The Gone Fishin' Portfolio (Wiley).
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part One. 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 Percent?

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 Two. What Matters Most.

What’s on Your Bucket List?

How to Calculate Your Real Wealth.

The Most Valuable Thing You Own.

The Biggest Question.

Dreams with Deadlines.

The Most Beautiful Place on Earth?

How to Avoid “The Mañana Syndrome”.

Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!

Enjoy Every Sandwich.

The Best Spiritual Advice.

Can a Mozart Violin Sonata Change Life?

How to Transform Your Life.

Six Steps to a More Relaxed Life.

One of the Best Secrets of Life.

This View of Life.

Why I Hope Steve Jobs Is Wrong.

A Resolution Worth Keeping.

A Thorn with Every Rose.

The Best Way Out.

Part Three. Attitudes and Gratitude.

What Mattes Most.

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 Antidote for Greed.

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.

Are You Keeping the Embers Alive?

Part Four. The Search for Meaning.

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 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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  • 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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