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Money Book Summaries

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Click on each book for summaries, quotes, and practical advice.  WARNING: We don't agree with everything in these books. In fact, many of these books disagree with each other on various points.  We just try to lay it out as each author puts it, so that you can compare their wisdom and perspectives. Finally, consider these as "cheat sheets" - second rate to reading the actual books. You'll derive the ultimate benefit from purchasing and reading the books. Click on the book title on each summary page to order through Amazon.com. 


General Books on Personal Money Management

Enjoy Your Money! How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and Give It, by J. Steve Miller

The Wealthy Barber: Everyone's Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent, by David Chilton

The New Money Book of Personal Money Management, by the editors of Money magazine.

The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying, by Suze Orman

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey

The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason

How to Ruin Your Financial Life, by Ben Stein

Simple Wisdom for Rich Living, by Oseola McCarty

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Money: Solid advice on getting out of debt and making the most of your money, by Robert K. Heady and Christy Heady, with Hugo Ottolenghi. 

First Generation White Collar, by L. Marie Joseph

Books on Making Money

Finding a Job You Love

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N. Bolles

Forty-Eight Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller

Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Barcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

Excelling at Your Work

Winning, by Jack Welch

Sam Walton: Made in America, My Story, by Sam Walton

Jack Welch Speaks: Wisdom from the World's Greatest Business Leader, by Janet Lowe

How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin 

Life's Greatest Lessons or 20 Things I Want My Kids to Know, by Hal Urban

The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built our Company, by David Packard

Direct from Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry, by Michael Dell

Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World's Greatest Entrepreneur, by Janet Lowe

The Millionaire Mind, by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.

Copy This! Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea into One of American's Best Companies, by Paul Orfalea

Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, by Howard Schultz

Racing to Win: Establish Your Game Plan for Success, by Joe Gibbs

First, Break All the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch

Buffett: The Making of An American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein

Books on Saving Money

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph. D.

Simple Wisdom for Rich Living, by Oseola McCarty

Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Get What You Want with the Money You Have, by Michelle Singletary

Married to the Brand: Why Consumers Bond With Some Brands for Life, by William J. McEwen.

Cut Your Spending in Half, Without Settling for Less: How to Pay the Lowest Price For Everything. By the editors of Rodale Press.

Saving Money Any Way You Can: How to Become a Frugal Family, by Mike Yorkey

Books on Investing Money

The Random Walk Guide to Investing: Ten Rules for Financial Success, by Burton G. Malkiel

The Intelligent Investor, a Book of Practical Counsel, by Benjamin Graham

Saving for Retirement: Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery, by Gail MarksJarvis

Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, Chronic Speculator and Entrepreneur, by Peter Krass.

Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor, by John C. Bogle

Charles Schwab's New Guide to Financial Independence: Practical Solutions for Busy People, by Charles Schwab

Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor, by Janet Lowe

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Buffett: The Making of An American Capitalist, by Roger Lowenstein

Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, Profit! by Kevin C. Myers

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, by Gary Keller

Crisis Control in the New Millenium, by Larry Burkette

Learn to Earn, by Peter Lynch

Books on Enjoying Money

The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty, by David G. Myers

Books on Teaching Your Children to Manage Their Money

Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids: Teaching Kids of Every Age the Value of Money, by Mark Meltzer and Clark Howard

Raising Money-Smart Kids, by Ron and Judy Blue