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The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom by Keith Whitaker, Susan E. Massenzio, James E. Hughes

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Introduction

As we will see, the spirit of the gift moves our attention away from gifts as things and toward the people involved in giving: who they are as well as what they do. As a result, after two introductory chapters, we have divided this book into three main parts. First, “The Who of Giving” deals with the people most deeply involved in family giving, especially givers and recipients. Second, “The How of Giving” takes up several ways that giving can enhance family life. And third, “The What and Why of Giving” describes various types of gifts, from homes to business interests to values and rituals. This part also addresses the key question of whether it is in fact wise to give to family members at all.

The chapters within each of these ...

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