• Old Money

  • The Mythology of Wealth in America
  • By: Nelson Aldrich
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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By: Nelson Aldrich
Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
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Publisher's Summary

This insider's look at inherited wealth in the United States explores the complex meanings of money and success in American sociey with a new introduction that examinies whether America's privileged class will be willing or able to play a leadership role in the twenty-first century.
©1996, 2012 Tad Crawford (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Nice Insights on Old Money Families

This well-written and interesting story is written from an Insider's viewpoint and you get a good sense of what expectations are placed on the family offspring as a result of inheriting a family name, associated wealth, and a continuing patriarchy. I do not agree with one reviewer that the author is bragging about his wealth. In fact, the wealth seems to be more of a burden, especially as the new benefactors try to live up to the outdated expectations. From my non-wealthy 'marketman' perspective, this book gave me a view into their world and I appreciated it. There are plenty of insights you will only find from an insider like this author.

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Once you here the forward, it's a total downer

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I couldn't get past the negativity of the forward. I started listening to all this bragging about who he was and where his family was from and I just went "Ugh!" I really haven't gotten to listen to the point of the story yet because I was so annoyed by the forward of the book

What was most disappointing about Nelson Aldrich’s story?

I was looking for books on the habits of old money, not bragging of old money.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Refund me my listening credits, it was a total waste of my goals.

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