Directory of Reviewed Books

Here is a list of all the financial books we've reviewed so far on RockstarFinance.com, via our book curator, Hélène Massicotte. You'll find personal ratings of each book below, as well as who they're for, what we like and don't like about them, their readability, and then further recommendations around each book's topic. Hélène's on a mission to fully read 1,000 books, and shares her passion and expertise with each one of these below. We hope you find them helpful!

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Book Summary
Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue - they live next door. This bestselling book identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth.
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A book on how to gain control of your money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just a living. With an easy-to-use index and anecdotes particularly relevant today - it tells you how to: get out of debt and develop savings, reorder material priorities and live well for less, resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle, save the planet while saving money and more.
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This is the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits based on results. This book will help you: design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt - cars, houses, everything - recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths, and secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!
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The Richest Man in Babylon
Beloved by millions, this timeless classic hails as one the greatest inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. These fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys.
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A 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds based on the four pillars of personal finance: banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - along with the wealth building ideas of personal entrepreneurship. A highly entertaining book that will keep the attention of the younger generation.
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Think and Grow Rich
A classic resource that's about far more than being successful with money. It’s about mastering the self so that we may be as successful as we choose to be.
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An informative and entertaining work of fiction that introduces the reader to basic principles of personal finance. A great choice for beginners.
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A realistic system, based on timeless principles, with everything you need to know, including phone numbers and websites, so you can put the secret to becoming an Automatic Millionaire in place from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need a budget, you don’t need willpower, you don’t need to make a lot of money, you don’t need to be that interested in money, you can set up the plan in an hour.
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Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game (for every winner, there must be a loser), but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loser's game. The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you with your fair share of stock market returns. And there's no better mentor than legendary mutual fund industry veteran John C. Bogle.
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One of the online pioneers of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early), Fisker turns conventional retirement doctrine on its head. This is the book for you if your gut tells you there has to be a way to exit the rat race sooner than conventional wisdom suggests. Fisker's blog also makes for a compelling read: EarlyRetirementExtreme.com
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A great resource to help us understand how not having "enough" in any part of our lives affects how we think and feel. Also offers the insights we need to be more empathetic when those around us experience scarcity.
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This book's message is clear: the decisions we make with our money should be based on our goals and values and nothing else. Richards delivers this message with face-palm simplicity thanks to his masterful use of the Sharpie. Entertaining and informative.
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Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
This book is the key to increasing our ROI when it comes to how we spend our money. Think the American Dream is about the house and the car(s)? Think again!
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Robbins packs a lot of wisdom from the legends of the investment community in a small package. This book includes the same fundamental information as “MONEY: Master the Game” in a quarter of the volume.
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A how-to guide for living the good life. First, take care of yourself, then help others take care of themselves and finally, reap the rewards of these investments. Sound overwhelming? Not when you develop the underlying habits one at a time and Covey shows us how.
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Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists
A memoir-style book that invites us to ask what the material world really has to offer, and how we can best invest our time and efforts to live our best lives. By the popular blogging duo from TheMinimalists.com.
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When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed Helaine Olen, an award-winning financial journalist and the author of the bestselling Pound Foolish, he made an off­hand suggestion: everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card. To prove his point, he grabbed a 4" x 6" card, scribbled down a list of rules, and posted a picture of the card online. The post went viral. Personal finance should not be complicated, and this book delivers on the promise of keeping it simple.
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A personal account of what it's like to get into, live with and ultimately get rid of debt. Melanie shares her personal experience with what seemed like an overwhelming amount of debt.
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Great for anyone who’s thinking about their work situation. Guillebeau invites us to change the way we think about “work” itself: it should be a source of income as well as a source of joy and personal growth.
Convincingly proves that less (time working) is more (productive) and that more (focus) is less (effort overall). Caution, may result is you significantly curbing your participation in social media.
How to have meaningful conversations about money, accompanied by a number of helpful examples that drive the advice home. Whether you're just starting out, in the middle of a financial crisis, or doing well, this book delivers an encouraging truth: having better conversations on money will strengthen your marriage.
A book for entrepreneurs by a guy who walks the walk, and who’s in tune with his all-important "why". Pat Flynn gets it and freely shares his insights to help others be successful in business and in life.
Essentialism helps us learn how to get more out of life without spending more (more time, more energy, more money), and shows us the path to greater fulfillment. The way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not.
Victory Lap Retirement provides evidence that prudent personal finance management offers financial security, as well as gives us the freedom to reinvent ourselves as many times as we like, at any age.
This is the best resource when it comes to having money conversations, both in explaining the "whys" and in providing the examples and templates to help us engage in them.
Man's Search for Meaning
Frankl offers convincing evidence that when we’re driven by purpose, we can reinvent ourselves, become incredibly resilient and experience deep contentment, even in the face of adversity.
By sharing her family's experience and offering a useful blueprint to follow, Greutman helps us understand what makes us tick when it comes to recovering from shopping addiction and take the necessary steps to change for the better.
This book is the antidote to the current & expected self-destructive habits of the modern workplace. It contains critical insight into what makes us perform at our best… and at our worst.
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