Arnold G. Danielson has split his time between the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and the Cote d’Azur since 2002 when he bought a home in Ste.-Maxime overlooking the Gulf of St.-Tropez. In 2010, he moved from Ste.-Maxime to the Mont Boron neighborhood in Nice. During these years he became fascinated with the varied history of the area and how it was influenced by outside forces starting with the Romans and ending with tourists from around the world.
Writing a history of the Cote d’Azur was a change of pace for the retired bank consultant, but he has always had a strong interest in history. In 2007, he published Consolidation of Banking: or How Five Banks bought 50% of America’s Biggest Business about an industry he knew well as both a banker and then as a founder and owner of a bank consulting firm, Danielson Associates. Danielson retired in 2006. He and his wife, Vivian, have been married for 48 years and have two children, David and Diane, and two grandchildren, Andrew and Julianne.