Book Shelf

Given the number of books I have been sent or read about finance and such I am creating a book shelf of the books I have reviewed or think are useful resources for Personal Finance.

Book Shelf

Sparsely Filled Book Shelf

If You Can: How Millenials Can Get Rich Slowly by William F. Bernstein

This booklet was reviewed on July 17th, 2014 click on the date for the full review. It is a cheap excellent read and should be on your book shelf.

Overall Review

Read this booklet, it would be the best $0.99 (US) you have spent this year. I have bought copies and sent them to my kids to read, with a few comments added to it, and you should read it as well. This is a well written, concise and to the point explanation on how to retire with money, and how to save, just read it, it will take a 1/2 an hour tops (if you do the homework, it will take a lot longer, but that would even be better).


Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Out of Debt by Ken Clark CFP

I reviewed this book on April 2nd 2009 and you can read that review by clicking on the date link.

My Overall Opinion

All in all a very fun read for me, and an excellent refresher on the tools and tactics for debt reduction.  It is well written and the topics flow in a good order and I enjoyed Mr. Clark’s attempts at personalizing the issue of debt (with his own experiences and other folks). I would strongly suggest folks read this book if they are in debt, and feel like there is nothing they can do about it, this book will help get them moving forward.

Thanks to Penguin publishing for sending me this informative and helpful book.

Video Review: Maddoff and the Scamming of America

Originally posted on May 27th 2010, this video is an interesting overview of the victims of Mr. Maddoff and what came of it.

The video’s content is no more in depth than most of the Magazine articles I have seen on this topic, however, it does do a very good job of putting a face on the victims of this crime, and that is what makes this video intriguing to me.

Recommendation:Watch it if it comes on TV, I wouldn’t buy it.

Book Review: Tackling the Tax Man by Alex Doulis

Originally posted on June 3rd 2010, an interesting set of stories about the power of the Canadian Tax Man (the CRA).

All in all a scary, but fun read as well. The author’s writing style is quite good for me, very direct, and does not get lost in the nomenclature of the tax act, and tries to give readers a more tangible understanding of what can and cannot (or should not) happen if you are investigated or audited by the CRA. I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn’t buy it, I only borrowed it from the Library.

Recommendation:A fun read, but maybe take it out of your library.

Book Review: Smoke and Mirrors (2008)

Originally posted on July 15, 2008, a very good book about retirement saving.

Excellent book, while I don’t necessarily agree with all of Mr. Trahair’s statements, I feel his arguments are very compelling to me, and he does not waiver on his message of “Pay off Your Debt FIRST!!!!”, and for that I am impressed.

Recommendation: This is highly recommended read by me.


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