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The Secret of Shelter Island: Money and What Matters


Praise for The Secret of Shelter Island

"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: The Six Steps to Financial Independence and Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

"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

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).



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.



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