Letters from Home: A Wake-up Call for Success and Wealth

Letters from Home: A Wake-up Call for Success and Wealth

by David R. Reiser, Andrea R. Reiser


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It's Time to Rediscover America.

Our nation is deteriorating. Slowly but surely the virtues and values we once celebrated—responsibility, resilience, dignity, respect—have been abandoned. Our work ethic has been replaced by an entitlement ethic. And as we lose the cultural traits that brought us to our leadership position, America's standing in the world will surely fall as well.

But there is good news, say David and Andrea R. Reiser. By rediscovering the qualities that made America great, we can start to turn things around. We can teach our young people—not to mention ourselves, our employees, and our fellow Americans of all ages—what truly leads to success, prosperity, and fulfillment.

That's what Letters from Home is about. Written in the form of letters to the authors' four sons, it explores fifteen basic American virtues that built our country and that foster individual success. Each chapter includes profiles of exceptional "real people"—the authors' wealth management clients, friends, and neighbors—who truly walk the talk. A few examples of what the book teaches:

  • Work hard. Go above and beyond in all that you do.
  • Be resilient and learn from adversity.
  • Seize opportunity when it comes (and it comes every day).
  • Follow your moral compass faithfully and consistently.
  • When you fall, take responsibility for getting back up.
  • Save prudently and spend thoughtfully.
  • Practice gratitude. Know that you’re blessed.

Part cultural treatise and part kick-in-the-pants, Letters from Home is a moving reminder that we live in a land of freedom and opportunity. It should inspire us all—parents, influential leaders, and ordinary citizens alike—to do everything in our power to honor and perpetuate that legacy.

The authors are proud to contribute 100% of royalties from the publication of this book to three personally meaningful organizations: Share Our Strength (www.strength.org), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org), and FORCE (www.facingourrisk.org).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470637920
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID R. REISER is a Senior Vice President–Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, with offices in Westport, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island. ANDREA R. REISER is an author, blogger, and community volunteer. They are the parents of four boys, and live in Westport, Connecticut, and East Hampton, New York. For more information: www.reisermedia.com

David and Andrea Reiser are proud to contribute 100% of royalties and other income from the publication of this book through John Wiley & Sons by supporting three personally meaningful organizations in the following proportion: 50% to Share Our Strength (www.strength.org), 40% to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org), and 10% to FORCE (www.facingourrisk.org).

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Table of Contents


1 Education.

John Dodig: Maverick Educator.

2 Hard Work.

Eli Zabar: Hard Work Reaps Rewards.

3 Recognizing Opportunity.

David Cohen: Navigating the Sea of Success.

Tim Brabham: Opportunity Maker.

4 Realistic Vision.

Kate & Matt Jennings: Delicious Visionaries.

5 Integrity & Positive Attitude.

Ellis Waldman: Leading With Integrity.

Marucha Andrzejewski: Looking Forward, Moving Forward.

6 Resilience & Accountability.

Patrick Ciriello: Keeping Things in Perspective.

Mike Nardone: Head Down, Chin Up.

7 Self-Discipline & Patience.

Amy & Howie Blustein: Prudent Savers, Thoughtful Spenders.

Mary & Alberto Lobo: Epitome of the American Dream.

8 Harmonious Balance.

Stefani Phipps: Living a Yin-Yang Life.

9 Kindness & Gratitude.

Linda & Dan Kortick: Giving Back to Community.

Meredith Fried: A Friend Indeed.

10 Courage & Living Without Regrets.

Alysa Mendelson Graf: The Courage to Follow Your Heart.

Ina Garten: Jumping Off Cliffs.



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