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Calling B.S. on Guy Sorman’s Story About Dallas Donors, Ctd.

A few days ago, I put up a post taking issue with an excerpt of Guy Sorman’s book about American philanthropy that ran in the Dallas Morning News. He wrote that locally we refer to a group of super-wealthy philanthropic people as “The Thousand Families.” I’d never heard the term. He also described a scene where he watched someone with $10 billion ask his secretary to tell him how much he was worth. I said I’d update the post when I heard back from Sorman, which I did over the long weekend. Here’s what Sorman says:

Sorry, Tim, I have nothing to add. What has been published in the Dallas Monring News is an abstract of one chapter in my coming book, The American Heart. I have not invented anything and I shall not give you my sources. The text has been thoroughly edited and verified by Dallas editors. You may have a different interpretation or different sources. Anyway, I am no Dallas insider; I only try to convey to my readers (not only in France, as my books are translated in many countries) what US philanthropy is about. It is uniquely American for sure. I got many feedback from Dallas, all favourable except yours; I have been very surprised by these positive reactions. Probably my irony was lost in translation.

NB: how does the European debt crisis relate to all this? You may know as little about Europe as I myself know about Texas.

Warm regards.

  • Chris

    if he won’t give his source, I would love to know who the Dallas editors are.

  • Ol’ Newshound

    Oh, come on. “I’ve got the check, the book is printed, leave me alone.” Get him to name his “Dallas editors.”

  • Yvonne Crum

    interesting story.. !

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  • Bodimute Aduki

    It was pretty nice hearing from you again.How was your day hope it was pretty good,any way am glad to know some fact about you,programmer and the family.Well,nobody knows what the future might hold between us.It gives me the greatest joy to read from you.Everything happens for a reason.Nothing happen by chance or by mean of good luck.Am glad to meet you too.

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    Let me know as soon as possible! knock shall be re-open,beg shall be given,shack shall be receive which is Mathew(7;7.I alone know the plans,I have for you,plans to bring you prosperity and not bring about the future you hope for which is Jeremiah(29;11) shall be wait for your response.
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  • Glenn

    Reading between the lines, then, it sounds like a question for Keven Ann Willey and her fellow editors at the DMN: Who are these 1,000 families?

  • mike_darling

    More tellingly, if you Google the term “the thousand families,” Sorman’s article is the only reference that shows up.