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Wealth Without Wall Street: A Main Street Guide to Making Money Hardcover – September 5, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: RRP International LLC (September 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979364477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979364471
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Don McNay is an original, provocative voice taking on all of those who would get rich off our ignorance and feelings of financial desperation.”

--Gary Rivlin, Newsweek/Daily Beast, author of BROKE, USA

“Don McNay understands money ... how to make it and, better yet, how to hang onto it. Read his book. It goes down easy, and it will do you a world of good.”

--Ed McClanahan, author of The Natural Man, Famous People I Have Known and other books

“At last, a road atlas to wealth for those of us who don’t like driving on Wall Street.”

--Byron Crawford, award-winning columnist, author, broadcaster, and member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

“Don’s road map to financial security is a must-read for all Americans searching for practical, long-term solutions to debt reduction and elimination, entrepreneurship, and wealth-building minus the high-stakes gamesmanship of Wall Street.

--Renee Shaw, producer/host, Kentucky Educational Television

Don’ understands money, but his real strength is understanding people. He has real insight into what motivates the players and he explains it well to my audience. He’s one of my favorite guests.”

--Joe Elliott, Louisville, Kentucky; The Joe Elliott Show

“You don’t have to study the labor disputes in professional sports, or the politics in Washington for very long to see there’s a shortage of common sense. That’s exactly what I found when I started reading Don McNay’s columns several years ago. We brought him on our radio show to talk about financial issues in a way that connected with people more than someone looking to come up with a great sound bite.

-Tom Leach

More About the Author

Best-Selling Author, Financial Consultant

Don McNay, an award-winning financial consultant and writer, is an expert in settlement planning and one of the world's leading authorities on how lottery winners handle their winnings.

His syndicated financial column appears regularly in The Huffington Post and in hundreds of publication worldwide. McNay also has appeared in several hundred television and radio programs, including CBS Morning News, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, ABC News Radio, BBC News, KPCC- Los Angeles, WLW-AM-Cincinnati, Al Jazeera-English, CBC Television (Canada), TBS eFM (Korea), RAI (Italy), CTV (Canada) and Radio Live (New Zealand). ​

His insight has been sought by hundreds of print publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Tampa Bay Journal, National Enquirer, Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today and Forbes.

McNay has written seven best-selling books: Death By Lottery, Don McNay's Greatest Hits, Life Lessons from the Lottery, Son of a Son of a Gambler: Joe McNay 80th Birthday Edition, Wealth Without Wall Street, Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery and The Unbridled World of Ernie Fletcher. Another book, Life Lessons from the Golf Course, co-written with PGA Professional Clay Hamrick, was a bestseller as well. He is also the CEO and Chairman of RRP International, a book publishing and digital media company based in Richmond, Ky. and Greater New Orleans. ​

Entering the financial services business in 1982, McNay was a pioneer in the field of structured settlements, helping injury victims and lottery winners handle large sums of money.

He founded McNay Settlement Group Inc., which is part of the McNay Group (www.mcnay.com). The organization is considered one of the world's leading experts concerning structured settlements, mass torts and qualified settlement funds. His company has been noted for its work with special-needs children, along with injury victims and lottery winners. ​

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, McNay was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1998. McNay has a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and a second masters in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. ​

McNay is a Lifetime and Quarter Century Member of the Million Dollar Round Table signifying that McNay met the organization's highly selective standards for service, production and ethical behavior in 25 different years. McNay has four professional designations in the financial services field. ​

Don received the Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) designation from a program affiliated with Notre Dame University. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and earned the Masters of Financial Services (MSFS) designation. ​

Among his professional involvements are former Treasurer of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and former Director of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association. He has spoken numerous times at structured settlement industry conventions. He sits on the Board of Directors for Society of Settlement Planners. ​

McNay has won several awards for his newspaper column, including "Best Columnist" from the Kentucky Press Association. Don is a former Director of the Eastern Kentucky University National Alumni Association. He was named Outstanding Young Lexingtonian in 1985 by the Lexington Jaycees. He is an honorary Kentucky Colonel and named as an honorary Duke of Hazard by the Mayor of Hazard, Kentucky. McNay is a University Fellow at Eastern Kentucky University and a University Fellow at the University of Kentucky. ​

A prolific author and lecturer, McNay has spoken to hundreds of legal and financial groups throughout the United States, Canada and Bermuda. He has published research articles for Trial, Round The Table (the official publication of the Million Dollar Round Table,) Claims Magazine, Best's Review, Trial Diplomacy Journal, National Underwriter and other financial industry publications.

Don is married to Karen Thomas McNay, who is President of the Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, the oldest Catholic school and oldest all girls school in the United States. He has two children, three grandchildren and three stepchildren and raised his nephew after his sister and mother died in 2006. He lives in both Lexington, Kentucky and New Orleans.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Behler on September 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Personal money management isn't rocket science, but many people steer away from the subject as if it were. Don McNay has done a wonderful job of breaking it down to the basic principles that everyone can not only understand but put into practice as well. "Wealth Without Wall Street" is an easy-to-follow primer on how to take control of your life by taking control of your money. The real life stories drive the points home. In fact, I was inspired to "move my money" to my credit union today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Stein on August 22, 2011
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Where was this book when I was younger? We're all wiser as we get older and more experienced, but Don McNay's shortcut to financial common sense is a must for all ages, especially those just beginning their adult financial journey and those who may have lost their way. Don's insights are clear and his writing style keeps the reader glued to the page. I highly recommend Wealth Without Wall Street: A Main Street Guide to Making Money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NewbornRD on August 7, 2013
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This is a great book by Don McNay! I would recommend this especially to young people who are learning how to build their wealth to prepare for retirement!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard head on May 26, 2013
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I Have known Don through his business for decades. He is the ultimate professional, and really know what he is talking about. That is why I really like reading his book. It gives you an inside track on issues that are important to all of us; how to make and keep enough money to get us through life.
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