Twenty Big Ideas: Detailed Summaries and Reviews of Great Personal Finance and Development Books

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One of the most popular features of The Simple Dollar is my regular detailed book reviews of personal finance and personal productivity books. In these reviews, I seek to not only comment on the book, but summarize many of the useful points for readers to digest. These reviews have proven quite popular, encouraging people to read the books themselves as well as also encouraging people to dabble in the summaries of books that they might not otherwise read.

As the pile of reviews has built up, readers have often requested a compilation of the best ones, so that’s what I’ve assembled. This is a selection of twenty of the best reviews from the site – in fact, they’re the twenty best ones as of this writing in early 2008. Each summary review takes up three to five pages in this document, just long enough to read in a quick sitting. My goal with each one is the same: summarize the salient points along with providing my personal take on the book as a whole.

This document provides all twenty summaries in a single convenient file. It’s exquisitely formatted, ready to be easily printed for offline reading or saved on your laptop for access whenever you’d like.

Great! How can I get it? If you would like this file, follow this link. It will take you to a special PayPal page, where you can pay $2 securely and safely and download the file.

What’s Inside?

This document includes detailed summaries of the following twenty books, cross-referenced and ready to be explored.

Your Money or Your Life
What Color Is Your Parachute?
The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing
Born to Buy
The Total Money Makeover
It Pays to Talk
Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People
The Millionaire Next Door
The Complete Tightwad Gazette
The Overspent American
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
The First National Bank of Dad
The Four Pillars of Investing
The Money Trap
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing
Never Eat Alone
Getting Things Done
First Things First
The Four Hour Workweek
The Path of Least Resistance

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