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Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It Hardcover – May 5, 2009

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Jean Icaza, Textbook Manager/Buyer, University of Connecticut
"Wow.  This book made me angry, then made me laugh, and certainly gave me pause for thought.  At times, I could not believe what I was reading and then upon reflection, I thought....Elizabeth and Daniela may be onto something here.  I could see this as a great book club choice....and can well imagine the debate that would ensue!  Great read.”

About the Author

Elizabeth Ford is an Emmy-award-winning news producer, who currently produces the daytime hit The Doctors.

Daniela Drake, M.D. attended Wellesley College and received an MBA from Stanford University. A former McKinsey consultant, she is now a full-time primary care physician.

Both women have married (for love) and have reaped the consequences. They live in Los Angeles, CA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762435178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762435173
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Well, the core advice they give is poorly reasoned and has potentially awful consequences if followed, but the authors did include a couple of home truths and the writing was pretty entertaining - so two stars. I read it in the bookstore, lying the front cover flat on my knee so that people wouldn't see the title.

Agreed with the part about how romantic love isn't enough to sustain a lasting relationship. Agreed that you must take into account a person's financial security to some extent before making a decision to commit to them. And that goes, by the way, for men as well as women. Agreed that women still have it tougher in the workplace than men do.

But I'm a little confused about the leap from those truths to the conclusion that a woman's best route to success is marrying rich.

The authors employ some really shoddy reasoning to make their point. So, it's great if you marry a rich guy and he divorces you and you get millions in alimony. But then they include a whopper of a sentence that made me giggle out loud, about how the female ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard got fired after a few years on the job and this was proof that the business world was still a boys' club (because male CEOs never get fired) and then: Carly Fiorina "struggled to piece her life back together, after receiving a $21 million severance package."

Huh? So a multi-million dollar "severance package" from a divorce spells success, but the same severance package from Hewlett Packard does not? In what world is the failure of a marriage more easily recovered from than the loss of a job, given equal financial gains from each?

I suppose if you see your marriage as nothing more than a ticket to Park Avenue, then this makes sense.
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Format: Paperback
This book is so dead on it rips it's vampirish teeth through the heart of any hard working, career woman. With that said I think it's a progressive type of fear and far from outdated like some of the comments suggest. What I assume intensifies the pain for these female readers is their testosterone driven work environments, which as the authors point out, are making them fight back like paranas where as if they just acknowledged some of the simple, subtle, beautiful truths in life they would realize three things. Mainly that they are one of the simple, subtle, beautiful truths of life & men naturally want to provide for them. Second, that if you let your career lead successful men will NEVER be attracted to you-- They need and value your emotional support because emotional support is entirely vacant and underrepresented in the boardroom. Lastly, that their quest for independence rather than entitlement is laced with suffrage, sexual dissatisfaction, low wages and emotional repression.

Let's look at a few examples that lead me to this conclusion.

In reality you can work your entire life and never make partner. Have babies and feel like a total sham for who you are pretending to be in a man's world when you are a woman and should be allowed to be home with your baby no guilt. Now, there are careers that support the female way of being be it teaching, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, hair cuttery-- softer, much softer arenas. But then there are those career fields driven by men, engineering, law, medicine, finance, finance, oh and did I mention finance?? CEO, CPA, business owner etc, $$$ are all men.
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Format: Hardcover
The romantic idealist who believes love can conquer all will be offended by this book. The woman who has been through a failed relationship or two and wasted her time with dreamers, schemers or Peter Pan's will appreciate this book. It's filled with information about the divorce rate as well as the chemical process of "falling in love," which is akin to drug addiction with this "love high" lasting about 18-24 months. It puts forth such concepts as "Don't squander your beauty" and "Don't marry a man for his potential." I found it to be a very fascinating and worthwhile read. I only wish I'd read it five years earlier.
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By J. Whalen on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was feeling pretty discouraged looking around at the state of society recently, then I stumbled upon this book. Now I'm absolutely certain we're doomed.
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I am a man and can find no fault with the book.

I work in business with a lot of married men. I am frequently shocked by how sex crazed married men are. We are choosing women who are young and pretty, and when they age on us if we can, we trade them in on a younger model. So I saw nothing wrong with how the book was presented and men really have absolutely no leg to stand on when it comes to being shocked. I know a high number of successful but unattractive men who actually think that young woman they date are attracted to "them." Isn't amazing how men "fall in love" with women that have fit bodies? I have no idea why almost any man, no matter how physically repulsive thinks they deserve a super model. Secondly, most money "earned" by successful men is not much earned as stolen (yes I am talking to you super attorney and physician who is on big pharma's payroll and prescribes for cash.)

Go on girls, control us as you see fit and as Johnny Depp said in Pirates of the Caribbean "Take all you can, and give nothing back."
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