book review

Book Review: Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth

Some books draw you in with mystery and suspense. Others keep you hooked with drama or intrigue. And then there are some that just manage to really hit home and make you say "Ah-ha

Book review: Internet Riches

If you've never considered starting an internet business--but now that I mention it, it seems like a good idea--this is the book for you. If you've considered starting an internet

Book Review: Eco-Friendly Families (Win a Copy!)

I didn’t know what to expect when I started into Eco-Friendly Families by Helen Coronato. I am, after all, only considered “moderately green.” Would this book, with over 200 page

Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

Do you need a career guide? And, if so, do you need one written as manga? It almost doesn't matter--Daniel H. Pink has written one, and it's got enough good lessons packed into a

Book review: Reinventing Collapse

Do you think the United States is about to collapse? Dmitry Orlov does, but you don't have to agree with him to learn a lot from his new book, which is packed with useful tips on

Book Review: The Post American World

Is there a link between having a modern society and having a western society? The vast economic and military power of the United States (and before that, the United Kingdom) has m

Book Review: Living On An Acre, A Practical Guide to the Self-Reliant Life

Ever since I left the city and crept my way back into my childhood farm house, I have been slowly adjusting to a simpler lifestyle. Living On An Acre has been a steady and dependa

Book review: Happier

Here are two ideas you already know: You won't achieve maximum happiness by always doing the most pleasurable thing you can think of at each moment, but neither will you find it b

Book review: The Drunkard's Walk

The human brain has a powerful capability to spot patterns. It's so good at spotting patterns, it can spot patterns that aren't even there. It's this fact that makes randomness--

Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Financial Aid for College (Second Edition)

You don’t have to be a complete idiot to need a little guidance in matters of finding and securing money for college. But just in case you are,

Book review: Cash-Rich Retirement

Do you need a kick in the pants to get you saving for retirement?  Do you need someone to wave their arms and run around screaming that your whole future is at risk, in order to mo

Book review: Work Less, Live More

Early retirement is a topic I've always been interested in.  The particular version of it that this book deals with--living well on less money, as a means to getting by wit

Book Review: Rich by Thirty

I read this book because I was intrigued by the 25 year-old author. By the time she was eight years old, she was earning money by operating a lemonade stand in the summer and shove

Book review: Supercapitalism

For most of the 20th century, capitalism and democracy seemed to go hand-in-hand. After all, every democratic country was largely capitalist and nearly every capitalist country wa

Book review: In Defense of Food

The message of this book is simple: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan gives it away right at the start, so I don't feel too bad doing the sam

Review of Debt-Proof the Holidays: How to Have an All-Cash Christmas

Those of you looking forward to this year’s holiday shopping season with a little apprehension, anxiety, or dread can

Book review: Retire on Less Than You Think

Halfway through Fred Brock's book Retire on Less Than You Think: The New York Times Guide to Planning Your Financial Future, I was already drafting a review that would

Book review: The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

This is the perfect book for a Wise Bread reader. It covers just about everything we talk about here--life hacks, investing, frugality--and does it with insight and humor. (And n

Book review: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

If you're one of the people whose investment goal is simply the maximum long-term investment return with the least effort on your part, then you're not going to find a better in

Book Review: Ragnar's Guide to the Underground Economy

This book is exactly what the title says: A guide to living in the underground economy.