From Publishers Weekly
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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About the Author
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.