The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen audiobook

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

By Kevin Salwen  and Hannah Salwen
Read by Fred Sanders  and Jen Taylor

HarperCollins 9780547394541
6.75 Hours 1
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It all started when fourteen-year old Hannah Salwen had a “eureka” moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood at the precise second a glistening Mercedes coupe pulled up, she said “You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” Until that day, the Salwens had been caught up like so many of us in the classic American dream—providing a good life for their children, accumulating more and more stuff, doing their part but not really feeling it. So when Hannah was stopped in her tracks by this glaring disparity, her parents knew they had to act on her urge to do something. As a family, they made the extraordinary decision to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of the sale price to a worthy charity. What began as an outlandish scheme became a remarkable journey that transported them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. In the end they learned that they had the power to change a little corner of the world—and they found themselves changing, too.

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Summary

Summary

It all started when fourteen-year old Hannah Salwen had a “eureka” moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood at the precise second a glistening Mercedes coupe pulled up, she said “You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.”

Until that day, the Salwens had been caught up like so many of us in the classic American dream—providing a good life for their children, accumulating more and more stuff, doing their part but not really feeling it. So when Hannah was stopped in her tracks by this glaring disparity, her parents knew they had to act on her urge to do something.

As a family, they made the extraordinary decision to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of the sale price to a worthy charity. What began as an outlandish scheme became a remarkable journey that transported them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone.

In the end they learned that they had the power to change a little corner of the world—and they found themselves changing, too.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Crazy, impetuous, and utterly inspiring.” New York Times
“The Salwens’s book, soaring in idealism and yet grounded in realism, can show Americans of any means how best to give back.” Washington Post

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Author

Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Author Bio: Kevin Salwen

Kevin Salwen was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for more than eighteen years. After that he started a magazine, Motto. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and works with the United States Olympic Committee.

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Author Bio: Hannah Salwen

Author Bio: Hannah Salwen

Hannah Salwen is a student at the Atlanta Girls’ School. She has been volunteering consistently since the fifth grade.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English