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Post by ataloss » Sat Sep 13, 2003 5:34 am

I know that this has been discussed before but what books would be useful for a potential firee?

Strictly investment related or should "soft stuff" be included?

I am thinking we can get ES to put a list into a FIRE-FAQ :lol:
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Post by wanderer » Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:09 am

Retire at 35 by Terhorst

YMOYL by Dominguez and Robbins

(I know some may not agree, but he really was central in building the rehp board): pre-SWR stuff from the artist formerly known as hocus.

Clutter's Last Stand by ??

tons of other stuff - much of it by many good folks here and there.

That happiness thread was a fine example.[/b]


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The Millionaire Next Door, but no Rich Dad

Post by therealchips » Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:13 am

I agree that a reading list would be a worthwhile addition to a FIRE FAQ. My first choice for the list is The Millionaire Next Door, The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. The reading list might also include the URL's of excerpts and reviews of these books, such as ... xtdoor.htm and (We can encourage frugality with these free samples.)

I recommend omitting Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad, fiction masquerading as fact, for the reasons given at I find Kiyosaki on the entertainment calendar for Las Vegas this month at
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Post by eridanus » Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:56 am

How to Retire Early and Live Well With Less Than a Million Dollars, Gillette Edmunds

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Post by karma » Sat Sep 13, 2003 7:40 am

Clutter's Last Stand is by Don Aslett ... s&n=507846

He's written a lot of stuff. Here's another one.
Not for Packrats Only ... ce&s=books

The Joy of Not Working by Ernie Zelinski is good for getting you in the right frame of mind. Looks like he is issuing another edition this month. ... 53-5549522


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Post by Dual » Sat Sep 13, 2003 8:04 am

Get a Life: You Don't Need a Million to Retire Well by Ralph Warner

The author goes a little bit overboard for my taste, but the emotional/social part of retirement is as important as the financial IMO. The author has a good discussion about how to do volunteering so you don't end up stuffing envelopes and answering phones (unless you want to).

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Post by tuffy88 » Sat Sep 13, 2003 8:58 am

Wm. Bernstein: His first book, The Intelligent Asset Allocator. About the best index asset allocation book I have read. Rick Ferri and Larry Swedroe also wrote great books, but I thought Bernstein's first book was the best. Swedroe just published another book, but I have not yet seen it.

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Re: FIRE books

Post by peteyperson » Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:05 am

Common Sense on Mutual Funds by Bogle

Four Pillars by Bernstein

Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey
Financial Peace Workbook by Dave Ramsey

Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach
The Finish Rich Workbook by David Bach

How to get out of debt, stay out of debt & live prosperously
by Jerrold Mundis (key book to help people clear debt
to start on the path to FIRE - many people cut back to pay off
debt, realise they have spare cash having done that for 2 years
and want to know where to put it. So books on personal finance
lay the groundwork.)

ataloss wrote: I know that this has been discussed before but what books would be useful for a potential firee?

Strictly investment related or should "soft stuff" be included?

I am thinking we can get ES to put a list into a FIRE-FAQ :lol:

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Post by WiseNLucky » Sat Sep 13, 2003 1:11 pm

The Millionaire Next Door

The Richest Man in Babylon

Both had profound impact on me.

I just wish everyone could step back and get less car and less house then they want, and realize they don't NEED more. -- NeuroFool

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