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My Vast Fortune: The Money Adventures of a Quixotic Capitalist Hardcover – September 16, 1997
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Financial journalist Andrew Tobias is so socially conscientious that he once mounted an antismoking campaign in Russia simply because it seemed like a good idea. He has likewise taken it upon himself to upgrade living conditions in south Florida, support auto insurance reform in California, and undertake other crusades that result from his lifelong internal conflict between capitalism and socialism. Tobias can take on such causes because he's made quite a bit of money through writing and investment. In My Vast Fortune: The Money Adventures of a Quixotic Capitalist, he humorously reveals the details without hesitating to note that the joke is often on him.
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Tobias (The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need, Harcourt, 1996) claims to have started his own personal fortune when his father gave him five dollars for his fifth birthday. Rather than a primer on personal finance, this is more a memoir with a number of financial stops along the way. Tobias recounts buying real estate in Florida that made him something of a slum lord. He tells us about a personal campaign against cigarette smoking in Russia that resulted in his buying time and appearing on Russian television. He describes an almost obsessive quest to reform auto insurance. His advice for beginning investors: "Largely it's a matter of adopting good spending and saving habits." He even titles a section of his book "Giving It Away," in which he talks about philanthropy. Tobias writes with wit, grace, and, at times, a wide-eyed wonderment that such good fortune could have come his way. Recommended for larger nonfiction collections in public libraries.
-?Richard S. Drezen, Washington Post News Research Ctr., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Tobias is usually succinct; not this time.
A word of warning, this is not a rehash or continuation of his most famous book, "The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need", it's pretty much what the title suggests, a recap of his various investments and other related and not-so-related topics, liberally sprinkled with wry and humorous observations. This is a fun book to read, and it's one of the few books of its type that can bring a smile to your face, and maybe even a laugh-out-loud moment or two. And underneath it all, in a low-key sort of way, this book makes you think. And that's a good thing. This might be an olde, but it's definitely a goody.
The book occasionally meanders through topics and areas with little focus, such as his account of protracted real-estate headaches. That said, it is enjoyable overall in many ways and I definitely recommend it.