The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy

Paul Sullivan (Author)


"Wealth Matters" columnist for The New York Times reveals the decisions, behaviors, and worldviews that lead to true wealth.

For the better part of the past decade, Paul Sullivan has written about and lived among some of the wealthiest people in America. He has learned how they save, spend, and invest their money; how they work and rest; how they use their wealth to give their children educational advantages, but not strip them of motivation. He has also seen how they make horrendous mistakes. Firsthand, Sullivan knows why some people, even "rich" people, never find true wealth, and why other people, even those who have far less, are far better off financially.

This book shows how others can make better financial decisions--and come to terms with what money means to them. It lays out how to avoid the pitfalls around saving, spending, and giving money away and think differently about wealth to lead a more secure and less stressful life. An essential complement to all of the financial advice available, this "" (Publishers Weekly) guide is a welcome antidote to the idea that wealth is a number on a bank statement.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
March 29, 2016
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Sullivan is a writer and photographer whose work has been published in the Guardian, the Telegraph, and National Geographic. He is the author of many books, including Waking Up in Iceland and Sullivan's Music Trivia. He lives in Berlin.


"Sullivan lays bare a number of his own financial concerns, foibles, and successes. His personal journey... proves both entertaining and instructive. Drawing on research in behavioral economics, the book is timely--taking up the topic of income inequality without picking a side--as well as smart."--Publishers Weekly
"Rather than function as wealth porn, this book looks at how people with lots of money exercise self-control. Just as you bore of their piousness, it switches focus to those who love to spend. Fun!"--Bloomberg Businessweek
"I loved Sullivan's breezy, compelling writing. He's a natural storyteller and each chapter feels more like a thoughtful conversation with an old and trusted friend than some important lesson you're supposed to be memorizing... Read The Thin Green Line if you're looking for new ideas to increase your personal net worth or you want to see how your own decisions measure up to those who've had great financial success."--Better Investing