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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st Free Press Trade Pbk. Ed edition (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743245180
  • ASIN: B002SB8QC8
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,072,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Orman's fifth major book has perfect timing. As many Americans grapple with unemployment, diminished 401(k)s, crumbling stock market holdings and seemingly insurmountable debt, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed financial sage comes to the rescue, offering this guide to understanding some of the most basic principles of money. In her signature charismatic style, Orman (The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom; The Road to Wealth; etc.) lays out "simple truths that will help you to be okay no matter what happens in your financial life." These laws are essentially common sense standards, certainly reminiscent of phrases from the author's previous books yet still undeniably powerful. For example, law number one, "truth creates money, lies destroy it," rings with simplicity while teaching a mighty rule about staying true to oneself and not embellishing to disillusion oneself or others. Each law is described in a separate chapter, with examples from Orman's life and several everyday folk. Indeed, readers will see themselves in these stories, and they, coupled with Orman's reality-based financial advice, will help make solutions clear for many. A guide included in the book allows readers to reflect on their financial past, order their priorities, organize savings plans and more. This is a shining example of Orman's now-perfected holistic approach to nuts-and-bolts economics.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Suze Orman is the author of three consecutive New York Times bestsellers, The Road to Wealth, The Courage to Be Rich, and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, and the national bestseller You've Earned It, Don't Lose It. She is the personal finance editor on CNBC and the host of The Suze Orman Show, a national CNBC-TV show that airs every weekend. She is also a contributing editor to O The Oprah Magazine. Suze wrote, coproduced, and hosted three PBS pledge shows based on her bestselling books, which are among the most successful fundraisers in the history of public television. A new PBS special based on The Laws of Money, the Lessons of Life premieres in 2003.

Suze has also been called a "one-woman financial-advice powerhouse" by USA Today. In 1999, she was named by Smart Money magazine to its list of the top thirty powerbrokers in the United States. Suze was recently selected as one of five distinguished recipients of the prestigious 2002 TJFR Group Business News Luminaries Award, which honors lifetime achievement in business journalism. In 2003, she was inducted into the Books for a Better Life Awards' Hall of Fame in recognition of her ongoing contributions to self-improvement. She was also profiled in Worth magazine's 100th issue as among those "who have revolutionized the way America thinks about money." Suze's popular web site,, features, among other valuable financial information, her monthly e-newsletter.

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Suze Orman has been called "a force in the world of personal finance" and a "one-woman financial advice powerhouse" by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, #1 New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America's most recognized expert on personal finance.

Orman has written seven consecutive New York Times bestsellers and has written, co-produced, and hosted six PBS specials based on her books. She is the host of the award-winning Suze Orman Show, which airs on CNBC and XM and Sirius radio, and a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.

Orman was twice named one of the "Time 100," Time magazine's list of the world's most influential people, and was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2009 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Orman, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, directed the Suze Orman Financial Group from 1987 to 1997, served as Vice President--Investments for Prudential Bache Securities from 1983 to 1987, and was an account executive at Merrill Lynch from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress at the Buttercup Bakery in Berkeley, California, from 1973 to 1980.

Customer Reviews

Excellent book, easy to read, understand and follow.
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This book presents to you the steps to create a bright financial future, whether you are just starting out in life or on the road to rebuilding your life.
After reading this book I look at my money in a whole new light.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Wolfinger on March 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Suze Orman has offered advice for years and most of it is sensible basic stuff. This time around she offers 5 basic principles (she calls them 'laws') about money. These laws are right on the money and apply to almost every reader. Adopting these laws will definitely lead the reader to a more satisfied financial life. The second part of the book (NOT written my Ms. Orman) is a guide enabling the reader to make these laws part of his own life. The very first law is to be truthful about money and to stop lying to yourself and others. For example, if you drive a more expensive car than you can afford, or if you dress in the latest expensive styles, even though they are beyond your means, or if you pile up credit card debt to buy items merely to impress others, then you are lying to both the outside world (pretending you can afford those items) and to yourself (telling yourself it is ok to live on borrowed money). Coming to terms with those lies, being truthful and living within your means is the road to avoiding financial misery. This lesson is not new, but Orman's presentation is. The message is powerful and presented well. Some might try to compare this writing to that of Kiyosaki, but that is unfair. Kiyosaki's writings are inspirational and uplifting, but short on real advice. Orman's latest book is not only insightful, but offers good advice and the guide is helpful in getting the reader to follow the advice.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not only is Suze Orman the most listened to financial author today, she is also the most credible and widely trusted. In her newest book, "The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life Suze Orman explains not only the "how to's" of personal money management, but also the emotional issues that inevitably accompany any effort to get one's financial house in order.This is an excellent book and should be read in addition to "The Road to Wealth" and "9 Steps To Financial Freedom."You've read the rest, Suze is the best.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Suze's newest book The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life is different to say the least. In this book, Suze gets inside your head and uncovers the real reasons why you are not where you want to be financially.
Suze explains why your ideas about money and in particular, your feelings regarding your personal experiences with money play a major role in what you do with money in the future.
A lot of people got wallopped in the stock market over the last three years. This is unfortunate as there are strategies that could have helped these people make omney while the markets went down. Back to the point of Suzes book, many people are now gun shy of the markets and afriad to invest. Big mistake!
The same is true with other areas of personal finance. Some have gone over their heads in credit cards debt and now look at anything plastic with a phobic-like reaction. Others have lost their homes in foreclosure and many have gone bankrupt. Too many others are living high while investing less and less. Contributions to 401 (k) savings plans has decreased and only in January of 2004 has investing in stock mutual funds started to rise.
Too many people are missing out on opportunity. Suze's book will help break that phobia and achieve the results you want.
Fans of 1,000 page boring and out-of-date financial books written by financial authors may not like this book by Suze but I have a question for you: how is the advice that you recieved from that magazine author working for you? I rest my case!
Suze may not be the greatest writer in the world but she is the best financial advisor/author right now. She is genuinely passionate about personal finance and not just trying to catch the wave of personal finance interest and jump on the bandwagon of Venita Van Caspel, Charles Givens, Terry Savage, or now Suze Orman like another personal finance author.
The Laws of Money is a great book that can and will make a significant differnce in your financial life.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dave Blue on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read al ot of praise for Suze's other books, in particular 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Courage to Be Rich and The Road To Wealth but I feel that this is undoubtably Suze's best work, even better tha 9 Steps and far better than The Road To Wealth.
Everytime Suze pumps out a new book she continues to surprise and impress me with her vast wealth of knowledge and easy writing sytle.
I bought The Laws of Money right along with The Automatic Millionaire, another great book.
Books by the financial savvy like Orman and Bach cannot be recommended highly enough. Be wary of financial books written by non financial people who are merely writers and have no real financial credentials to speak of.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on May 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is yet another great book by Suze Orman.
I admire the fact that in her books, as in this book, she shares her relationship with money, and what compelled her to become someone for you to count upon, for your journey to money mastery.
In this book, Mr. Orman brings the human angle, if you will, to money.
So, what are the laws of money?
1. Truth Creates Money - Lies Destroy Money:
This means opening your bills, while you allow whatever negative emotion to well up from within you, as you allow yourself to compassionately respond to that emotion.
2. Look at What You Have - Not at What You Had:
If you always focus upon what you had, you will recreate every painful experience from your past. And you will repell money.
Write a gratitude journal. And anytime that you say to yourself, "I don't have ...," follow this with, "And I do have this," several times, as you breath full relaxed breaths. You will attract what you need and want.
3. Do What Is Right For You - Before You Do What Is Right For Your Money:
Don't allow debt, money, or other material symbols to control you. Create money to express your self-love.
4. Invest In The Known - Before The Unknown:
What are are you clear about? Why? Could you become curious, interested and therefore savvy on other potential investments?
Before you invest in the known, create a vision of yourself making and appreciating that investment.
5. Money Has No Power of Its Own - Unless You Give It Power Over Your Life:
When you decide that money has power over you, you will repell it. Money is just notes, with deceased people on each note. Money creates options, for you, and those who you believe in.
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