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The Road to Wealth, Revised Edition Hardcover – February 28, 2008

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Suze Orman's face and name are more prominent on the cover of her new money guide than its title, The Road to Wealth. And why not? Orman has parlayed her popular renown as both a New York Times bestselling author and video-age financial guru into an undeniable position of respect and trust when it comes to matters of dollars and sense. This time she presents an encyclopedic guide to the various components of one's overall financial life--from managing debt and owning a home to making investments and preparing to pass it all along--and she does so in the clear and confident style to which her fans have become accustomed. "Here is what you need to know," she writes at the outset. "Answers to the questions you have been asking, as well as the questions you should have been asking, delivered in the most complete, straightforward way I know." While the concise text moves logically from "creating a strong financial foundation to amassing assets and protecting them from common mistakes and periods of economic downturn," this is not meant to be read from cover to cover. Rather, it is a ready bookshelf reference for planning and sorting out common finance concerns, like how to calculate the mortgage payment you can best afford, determine what Medicare will pay toward nursing care, decide between retirement plan options, and similar matters of personal importance. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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The queen of money advice tells you how to get out of debt, plan your retirement, buy stocks, and much, much more.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover; Revised edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594489823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594489822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME on July 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Road to Wealth is the most comprehensive book I have ever seen about describing the details of terms, practices, tax laws, and legal rights for everthing from credit cards, to filing for bankruptcy, to owning annuities, to setting up housekeeping with someone you're not married to, to buying long-term care insurance, to avoiding payment of estate taxes.
The book's list of sections gives you a little flavor of this tremendous scope:
Managing Debt; Financial Intimacy; Home Ownership; Insurance; Paying for College; Retirement Planning; Stocks; Mutual Funds; Bond and Bond Funds; Annuities; and Wills and Trusts.
Ms. Orman has organized the book by putting a brief essay (less than one to about two pages) at the beginning of each section sharing her general views on that subject, then breaks the section into smaller subjects (in Managing Debt, you get different parts of credit cards, student loans, and bankruptcy, for example), and within each smaller section are a series of questions and brief answers. Many of the questions are definitional, and will take you beyond what your dictionary will tell you.
The sections vary a lot in their usefulness. The first one was on credit cards, and was quite well done. But there is almost as much information on filing for personal bankruptcy as there was on credit cards, even though the people who need the latter are only a small percentage of the people who use the former. There is a lot of material, for example, on stocks but it focuses on terms rather than giving you practical advice on how to think about stock investing. It is only two-thirds of the way through the mutual fund section that she points out that indexed funds outperform 85 percent of professional money managers.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of Suze's Orman's best books. It covers everything you need to know about wealth building and personal finance.Those giving this book 1 stars and saying it's too basic--question; how are you doing financially? What is your net worth? What is your debt to income ratio?Like those who bash the Millionaire Next Door, More Wealth without Risk and other outstanding wealth books, my guess is that you are looking for excuse; a way to rationalize your way for not being where you want to be financially.And if you truly "know it all" already, why are you still buying and reading books? Hmmmmm??"The Road to Wealth" is excellent. I also recommend Suze's newest book, "The Laws of Money" to add to your knowledge and financial well being.
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Format: Hardcover
If there's one thing we have too much of it's information about finances--millions of investors researching their stocks and mutual funds from the thousands of charts available on the Internet, the newstand, the library, prolonging the anally-retentive pleasures many of us once derived from collecting baseball cards and comparing the batting averages of our favorite players. If there's one sure way to make money, it would seem be getting on board the financial information industry.
There was a time when money and finances were seen as a means to the good life; today the good life is one that offers you the luxury of tweaking your funds, stocks and finances on a daily basis. Books like Suze Orman's, then, are best seen as a refuge from information overkill, as an alternative to the prodigious plethoras of pronouncements about money coming at us daily from every conceivable source.
The book is extremely user-friendly, with bold titles prefacing sections that rarely run over a single page. The advice is comprehensive, sensible, familiar--diversify, avoid loads, buy term insurance, pay off credit card debt, start your Roth, protect your home equity, do your homework (that's the only part of the book I'd regard as a cop-out).
I've had many such books--by Sylvia Porter, Terry Savage, Tobias, Rukeyser, Loeb. They're good for 2-3 years, then you want to toss them aside in favor of a more current version. Right now, Orman's is the "current" version, so I bought it for my daughter, who has neither a money book nor the time to get caught up in the wild world of finance redundancy and overkill. If you want a single comprehensive reference guide about money, this one should hold you for a couple of years.
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Format: Paperback
Although I do not feel that this is Suze Orman's best book, it is certaintly better than most if not all of the other books out there.
I like the question and answer format of the book, makes it easy to look up information that is important to a individual.
The book is large and may be intimidating to some people, perhaps that is why there are some 1 star reviews. None the less, the material is fresh and interesting. Orman is also a great writer and makes you feel like she is talking to you one on one.
Check out Suze's newest book "The Laws of Money", just released in paperback and revised from the hardback version. It is a book suitable for the times and even better than The Road to Wealth. Some may want to buy both like my wife did.
Great books. Great stuff from Suze, the Queen of Personal Finance!
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