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(Kind of) Strong in Personality , Very Weak in Content .
on January 27, 2008
This book is for those people who wonder around in life but have no idea about their finance. The niche of this book is really about the author's personality, not much about the content. Regardless of Larry's real personal style, like an actor, he tried to project a strong personality in order to convince novice readers that he is a "tough mentor." Well, sort of acting tough.
If you look at first half of the book, it is all about those philosophical small talks. These areas are no different from many recent "re-packaging" material out there. They are about you-can-do-it all the way into what-you-want-in-life stuff. The real meat about "You Are Broke" book is to "reduce your expenses" which he spends all the rest of the book talking about it. Things like don't smoke, don't spend money on coffee, etc. Therefore you can find some money to cut debt or to save. They are useful advices but nothing new nowadays. In a couple sentences -- Spend less than you make. Stop using credit.
If you are those readers who frankly cannot take honest and conservative advice from people, and you are more likely to listen to people who ride a motorcycle and have a bull dog, this book may be for you. Otherwise, check out the "My Total Money Makeover" book or radio show by the real expert like Dave Ramsey or Larry Burkett. You will learn more from there and gain great benefits.