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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible waste of paper, July 4, 2007
This review is from: The Rules of Money: How to Make It and How to Hold on to It (Paperback)
This is the worst nonfiction book I have ever read. There is absolutely no useful information in here unless you are a complete idiot. If you are, (1) don't get yourself into debt, (2) put money aside to earn interest, and (3) don't waste money. That is all this book really says, repeated and reshaped in order to make 100 rules and to cover a couple hundred pages. Each rule also has a sentence repeated and emphasized in a gigantic font and all caps to drive the point home, except the sentence often sounds idiotic out of context.

Examples:

"A BALANCE SHEET HAS TO BALANCE."
"I WOULD COOK A THIN AND SICK-LOOKING CHICKEN WITH CHEAP WHITE WINE AND SHE WOULD PROVIDE LOBSTER AND CHAMPAGNE."
"I REALLY HOPE MY SONS DON'T READ THIS, OR I'LL BE CORNERED IN MY HOME LIKE A RAT"
"I'VE ALWAYS HAD MY DOUBTS--AND THIS IS ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE, ENTIRELY PERSONAL--ABOUT SUPPORTING A PENGUIN."

That's right, you get all of those gems plus 96 more, each surrounded by a box that fills up half of the page.

Besides the book being 90% filler, it feels rushed. The author must have been just writing whatever came to mind as he went even if he was repeating a previous point, without doing much editing, and he repeated himself a lot too. However to break up the monotony he did make sure to add plenty of bulleted items. Those had the added benefit of filling more space with very little writing! There were also some obvious typos and an entire paragraph that was duplicated that somehow nobody noticed.

Besides the book being 90% filler, it feels rushed. The author must have been just writing whatever came to mind as he went even if he was repeating a previous point, without doing much editing, and he repeated himself a lot too. However to break up the monotony he did make sure to add plenty of bulleted items. Those had the added benefit of filling more space with very little writing! There were also some obvious typos and an entire paragraph that was duplicated that somehow nobody noticed.

Seriously, that's how bad it was. The only thing that kept me reading was to see if it could get any more terrible, see how many rules he could reuse by just changing the wording, and just to read something to help me fall asleep at night.

Don't waste your money unless you're an idiot with money anyway and you need a book to motivate you to get your act together.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2007 10:09:17 AM PDT
This is the funniest review I have ever read I love the example of repetition using repetition using repetition!
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