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Beyond Wealth: The Road Map to a Rich Life

ISBN: 978-1-118-02761-5
320 pages
May 2011
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It's not all about the money; the key to true riches

Leo Tolstoy said, "Nobody knows where the human race is going. The highest wisdom, then, is to know where you are going." Yet many today chase the false rabbits of success: status, luxury, reputation and material possessions. In the quest to "have it all," our lives often lack real meaning and purpose. Beyond Wealth is the antidote.

New York Times bestselling author Alexander Green takes things right down to brass tacks: We are here for a short time. Knowledge is limitless. Therefore, the most critical knowledge is not any particular skill but rather wisdom about "how to live." Fortunately, men and women have had several thousand years to think about what it means to live "the good life." And the answers found here, from Plato and Aristotle to Mahatma Gandhi and Stephen Hawking, will both surprise and delight you.

Beyond Wealth provides insightful commentary on the most important aspects of our lives: love, work, honor, trust, freedom, death, fear, truth, beauty and other timeless issues. The book is both a thought provoking read and the ideal gift, guaranteed to ennoble, uplift and inspire.

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Table of Contents



Part One. Dollars and Sense.

Are the Rich Smarter than You?

Are You Losing Your Soul?

Impatient Optimism … and Radical Generosity.

You Can’t Google This.

The Only Thing that Really Matters.

The Principle Thing.

The One Thing that Changes Everything.

The Trouble with Happiness.

The Key to Personal Freedom.

Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life.

How Your World Will At Last Be Built.

The Most Important Job on Earth.

One of Life’s Great Miracles.

The Power of Negative Visualization.

How to Reclaim Your Life.

Why It’s One of the Seven Deadly Sins.

The Ruling Passion of the Noblest Minds.

Part Two. Wealth Beyond Measure.

Are You Uncurious?

The Road Not Taken.

They Make Us All Richer.

Are You Ready for the Grand Tour?

The Quintessence of Life.

What Women Really Want.

An Incandescent Drop of America File.

The Most Civilized Thing in the World.

How to Eat Like a Zen Master.

The Sublimest Activity of the Human Mind.

Drunken Monkey Ice Cream … and the Wisdom of Thornton Wilder.

The Lost Art of Conversation.

What Success Really Means.

What Are Your Sins of Omission?

The Beauty of Slowing Down.

When Entertainment Becomes Art.

Do You Have a Secret?

Are You Amusing Yourself to Death?

In Praise of Idleness.

The Tyranny if the New.

Why You Should Know “The Indispensable Man”.

A Revelation at 4,500 Feet.

Part Three. Knowing and Believing.

Tolstoy’s Forbidden Book.

A Shameless Veneration of Heroes.

A Path to Personal Freedom.

Your Greatest Risk.

Are You Part of “The Great Conversation”?

A 2,600-Year-Old Manual for Living.

If You Knew What Jim Brown Knows.

The Noblest Expression of the Human Spirit.

The Art of Living Consciously.

How to Let Your Life Speak.

A Legacy of Inspiration.

The Only Thing New in the World.

The University of Your Shelf.

We Are All Greeks Now.

The Wisdom of Hillel.

Meditations of the Philosopher-King.

Part Four. Matters of Life and Death.

Discovering a New Sense of the Sacred.

The Highest of Arts.

Emerson: The Quintessential American.

The Life You Can Save.

Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

The Literature of Truth.

Your Connection to Everything.

The Difference between Knowing and Believing.

The Lessons of Haiti.

Your Trip to “The Undiscovered Country’.

The Beginning of Wisdom.

Of Lost Souls and Lucky Stiffs.

How to Pull the Universe Out of a Hat.

It Makes Everything Meaningful.

The Truth about Myths.

Your Place In “The Great Story”.

Seven Principles of Spirituality.



Further Reading.


About the Author.


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Author Information

ALEXANDER GREEN is the Investment Director of The Oxford Club and the author of two national bestsellers: The Gone Fishin' Portfolio and The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters. He has been featured on Oprah & Friends, Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, CNBC, MSNBC, and C-SPAN and has been profiled by 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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Press Release

May 04, 2011
Beyond Wealth; The Road Map to a Rich Life

With the recent economy rocking once-stable incomes across the nation, many people have found out first hand that money, or even wealth, cannot be one’s sole key to happiness or success. According to financial writer, New York Times bestselling author and nationally acclaimed investment advisor, Alexander Green, true wealth has more to do with one’s character and what one brings to the world than the money they have in the bank.

In Green’s insightful and inspiring new book, Beyond Wealth; The Road Map to a Rich Life he shares a blueprint for personal prosperity that explores the unique relationship between money, wealth and personal fulfillment. Green looks beyond traditional measures of wealth to explore how a rich life is one of significance, not just financial success.

A generous, wide-ranging inquiry into what matters most, Beyond Wealth is a guide to what the author calls "True Wealth." As Green observes, money creates wealth, but so do character, conscience, attitude, and wisdom. Only by incorporating each of these elements into one’s day-to-day existence can one experience what the ancients called "the good life."

In addition to a combination of personal anecdotes with provocative insights and timeless truths, Beyond Wealth is also a book of contemplations, promoting both greater understanding and deep reflection. The book contains more than 65 commentaries on topics ranging from love, health, leisure, honor, courage, trust, philosophy, history, science, and spirituality. The author's perspective on each subject is broadened and deepened by liberal quotations from many of the world's great philosophers from Ancient times right through to the Modern Era, including from Shakespeare, Thoreau, Emerson, Gandhi, Einstein and Tolstoy.

The book reveals insights such as:

  • Fail-proof, time-tested strategies to help achieve maximum success in one’s business and personal life 
  • A concrete plan to guide readers on the shortest and most direct route to "True Wealth.”
  • How richness is a matter of money, character, philosophy, outlook and attitude
  • The needs of a vibrant economy are the requirements for happiness as individuals
  • The most critical knowledge is not any particular skill but rather wisdom about "how to live”

Beyond Wealth is a thought provoking read, guaranteed to ennoble, uplift, inspire, as well as surprise and delight readers. 

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