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basic training for your finances
on September 11, 2013
The author is an Iraqi War vet and Certified Financial Planner. He says he was overwhelmed when he first joined the Army, but by the time he was in Iraq dealing with deadly situations, the preparation and training he received in Basic Training gave him the knowledge and instincts to survive and thrive in Baghdad.
Back in civilian life as a CFP, he wrote this book as a kind of Basic Training for Personal Finance.
Since it's impossible to cover every possible personal finance scenario in a short book, Rose gives the reader enough fundamental PF knowledge to handle their own unique situations with confidence.
I've read many other books on PF. Many are so dense and boring that I abandoned them after a few chapters. I didn't have that problem with Rose's book. The book is very readable. The author interweaves stories of his time in the Army and his own personal failures (financial or otherwise), then offers up the lessons he learned and how those lessons can be applied to our own finances. The easy-to-read and entertaining prose makes all the financial stuff go down easier.
To sum up:
1) This book teaches you the fundamentals of personal finance.
2) It's easy to read and entertaining; and the financial advice is easy to understand and apply.