I’ve been a fan of Ben Stein’s financial writings for years, but this is the first book of his that I’ve picked up. Could it possibly be as good as his columns? Is it worth reading at all?
I really wanted to like this book. I adore much of the writing of Ben Stein and his column clearly shows that he can write about personal finance.
However, this book not only doesn’t contribute anything compelling or new. The information is all quite basic, which means that it could potentially be good for someone with no idea of basic personal finance.
But there’s another problem: it’s just not that entertaining, either. There are a lot of introductory personal finance books out there that are far more entertaining than this one – either more purely entertaining or more thought provoking.
In short, I wouldn’t buy this book. If you still want to read it, I’d definitely look for it at the local library. The book is not bad, per se, but it just doesn’t offer anything compelling that isn’t done better elsewhere.
Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life is the twenty-first of fifty-two books in The Simple Dollar’s series 52 Personal Finance Books in 52 Weeks.