Books I Love
I'm all about safe, fair, and honest - you can't get safer or more fair and honest than Jane Bryant Quinn, the undisputed queen of financial advice. Jane's books provide solid guidance in a no-nonsense, readable, comforting style.
Larry's book Get What's Yours - The Secrets to Maxing Our Your Social Security is an essential part of your retirement toolkit. This interesting, insightful, funny book gives you real world examples to help you make sense of the confusing world of the Social Security Administration. Larry's website takes you a step further in maximizing benefits you paid for and earned over your working life.
I love this book! From Amazon's description: "Jeff highlights the voices of pipe fitters, welders, carpenters, painters, locomotive assemblers, and factory workers to reveal the complexities, and advantages, of working-class life. These men see blue-collar labor as a desirable alternative to white-collar occupations; their work involves integrity, character, pride, and a connection with being a real man; values that they perceive as lost in white-collar office jobs. The result is a penetrating critique of many commonly held assumptions, and a compelling case for a new understanding of our social class system."
Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic who writes books AND operates a shop that makes parts for motorcycles. His eloquent, thoughtful, and sometimes funny exploration of the importance of working with your hands comes from blue collar experience married to academic brilliance. Shop Class As Soulcraft is a great read.
If you want to learn about the basics from a plain-spoken guy who knows his stuff, check out either of Jim's books: An IRA Owner's Manual and A Social Security Owner's Manual. Both of these books are so readable and fact-based with the right amount of gentle humor that keeps you going over the dry parts. Jim's website, Financial Ducks in a Row, offers more of the same on many important subjects.