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What I Read in Q3’21

Oct 7, 2021 | Book Recommendations

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Each quarter, I post a quick round-up of everything I have read during the quarter. Below is Q3’s reading along with a few pithy thoughts on each book.

You can find – Q1’s version and Q2’s version


  • Fortune’s Children – The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt by Arthur T Vanderbilt II – Fascinating look at the rise and fall of the Vanderbilt clan. Anderson Cooper just published a new book on the same topic that I look forward to reading.
  • The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott – This was an interesting profile of a wealthy, Philadelphia area family.
  • Beyond Survival by Leon Danco – Danco was one of the earliest advisors to family business. This book is a tremendous look at the challenges that wealth creators / entrepreneurs face in successfully stewarding their business on to future generations.
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford – It is very much en vogue to celebrate craftsmanship. Crawford makes a broader point about the value of all kinds of work, even the messy maintenance kind.





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