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  • A great read about a great life! Stanley Weiss’s reflections are wonderfully introspective, refreshingly candid, remarkably self-effacing, and hugely fascinating—as well as repeatedly informed by his ultimate insight, that dying is bad for business.

    General (Ret) David Petraeus, former director of the CIA and commander of coalition forces in Iraq (2006-7) and Afghanistan (2010-11)
  • Of the many talents that have helped make Stanley A. Weiss one of the biggest minerals magnates of his era, his greatest is his knack for making friends. He made them in Mexico, after driving there from Philadelphia as a young man in the aftermath of World War II in search of his treasure. He made them in bars (with Richard Burton in his heyday) and on trans-Atlantic boats (with Guy Burgess before the British diplomat was outed as a Soviete spy and with Harry Truman after he had retired as president). He hosted John Kenneth Galbraith and Bill Buckley at his home in Gstaad, Switzerland - one of several he owns - as they argued over the merits of liberalism and conservatism. He has entertained no fewer than three Hames Bonds. Jackie Kennedy Onassis once made him blush by telling him he was "very handsome." Oh, and he met Nelson Mandela in a urinal, admittedly in Davos.

    Xan Smiley, The Wall Street Journal

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