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The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life Audio CD – Audiobook, Abridged
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About the Author
Lee Eisenberg's last book was the New York Times bestseller, The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life (2006). The book was cited by Business Week as one of the best books of the year. His is also the former editor in chief of Esquire. Under his stewardship the magazine won National Magazine Awards across a number of writing and design categories. He currently lives in Chicago.
Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Lee Eisenberg's guide to retirement applies similar logic. Eisenberg, like Suze Orman, approaches the psychological underpinning of personal finance and then helps listeners confront personal demons while planning for a realistic future. Eisenberg surpasses Orman with his smooth writing style, his controlled audio delivery, and his background--a life journey that includes having edited Esquire and served as marketing guru for Land's End. But he lags behind Orman in one important quality, practical advice. As engaging as his storytelling is, Eisenberg's discussion of how to calculate and save the dreaded "number" (the amount needed for retirement) seems beyond the financial ability of middle-class Americans. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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While not perfect, I would recommend this book over most like it. It at least prods the reader to ask the right questions.
This book is a 200 page rant about the waste and fraud in the retirement financial planning industry. According to the author, the industry is set up to take advantage of boomers who are too dumb to know what to do when they retire.
Yet, the book provides no useful retirement information itself. On the the last page of 200+, he finally gets around to telling you that there is no Number anyway. It's a illusion, for all you suckers who bought this book. Too late now, no returns are available.
If, in the author's opinion, you're a real stooge, you can actually calculate your retirement number. Take your expected retirement income and take 4%. Live on that, he says. But it's more important to find your meaning in life. Money doesn't matter.
It seems rather odd that the author calls other retirement planners frauds. Talk about "the Pot Calling the Kettle Black".