- Hardcover: 555 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 8 edition (January 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618471421
- ISBN-13: 978-0618471423
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
E. Thomas Garman is Professor Emeritus of Personal Finance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he also directed the university's National Institute for Personal Finance Employee Education. He also taught at Texas Tech and Northern Illinois University and as a visiting professor at Catholic University of America, University of Houston and 10 other universities in four countries. In the past, he has also served as a consultant for Senator Charles Percy, a member of the Consumer Advisory Council for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and President of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.
Raymond Forgue is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. He has served as Chair of the Department and Acting Dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. For over twenty years, he has taught various courses in consumer studies, personal finance, and insurance. His professional service has included the presidency of the American Council of Consumer Interests and on the board of directors for the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education. He has consulted on personal finance education training for the Accredited Financial Counselor certification program.
Top customer reviews
While this book is framed as a college-level textbook (and I am currently reading it as a certification requirement), it is a lot less daunting than many college textbooks. The chapters are short and manageable, and cover a wide variety of topics, from budgeting to taxes to credit cards to mortgages to retirement plans. The concepts are presented in a straightforward manner and the chapters are peppered with supplementary blurbs and side articles. At the end of each chapter, there is a wide variety of review exercises, and throughout the book you follow the ongoing financial journeys of several theoretical families.
This book should be used as a primer to real life. One warning, some of the material quickly becomes outdated (for example, the tax chapter), so be mindful of this if you don't have the latest edition.