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Stein delivers a practical message in his own brand of wry, dry humor. Maybe money cant buy happiness, he writes, "but it sure gives a good impression of a long-term lease." And so, by pointing out the myriad ways too many people wreck their financial status, he illustrates how to attain a life in whicheven if youre not a billionairemoney doesnt keep you up at night. Running through a series of 55 "tips" (such as "as soon as youve succeeded in maxing out your credit cards
get new ones!" and "put all your eggs in one basketthat is, your companys 401(k)cause only sissies diversify"), Stein backs into explanations for why these oft-practiced habits are so damaging, and stupid. This probably isnt the only financial planning book one should read, but it is entertainingand its a surefire shot of reality for anyone heading down the well-worn path to financial ruin.
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Ben Stein, a nationally renowned "Renaissance man," was host of the long-running quiz show Win Ben Steins Money and is currently a judge on Star Search. He is a former White House speechwriter, Wall Street Journal columnist, trial lawyer, law school professor, scriptwriter, and novelistand author of several self-help books; including How to Ruin Your Life; ISBN: 1-56170-974-3; and How to Ruin Your Love Life, ISBN: 1-4019-0240-5. He has seen the biggest (Richard Nixon) and the most famous (many Hollywood stars) ruin their lives. He has also seen how some seemingly ordinary people made something great of their livesby doing the opposite of what he sees as ruinous acts and modes of thought. He resides in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and son.
A different take on the usual approach to being wise with one's money, Ben Stein is entertaining as usual.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
I had a good time reading this book. It brought back memories from my past and when I too was living like a broke person.Published 15 months ago by Michael Mota
I could see some relatives and friends must have already bought this book and thought it was serious and not humor.Published 18 months ago by C,k
Each chapter in the book is a couple of sarcastic lines. The sarcasm is great, i just expected more of a "book" with "chapters" of hilarity. Read morePublished 21 months ago by 1goodgranny
Valuable information from a different stance. There is advice given here I wish mom and dad had given me. If they had I would have to be working this late in life.Published 22 months ago by Greg Sitek
I thought the book was simplistic and lacking insight. I feel Mr Stein has much more to offer than is represented here.Published 22 months ago by C. Saunders
A very sarcastic way of looking at your financial life. If you know what to do to improve your financial life, but have not put that knowledge to work, this book will point some... Read morePublished 23 months ago by potterta
This is before how to "Really" ruin your life in 2012. I liked it a lot but it was a bit dated compared to the latest edition. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by JS
This entry by Ben Stein was fair to good, however it was a fall from "How to Ruin your Love Life", which if you have not read, please read as it is one of the funniest... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Joseph E. Brown