Also, FYI just ordered ESR Bob's "Work Less, Live More" book on Amazon (read the reviews so far from Nords, Yakers and Sheryl at http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=4801.0
which helped determine my decision - thanks!), combined it with Ben Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" and got free shipping!! Make sure to order Bob's book via the link below (at bottom of this page) so Dory (forum administrator who kindly covers all expenses for us to be able to use this great - FREE - forum
) gets credit (small percentage) for the purchase.
I have read a lot of books from Suze Orman, Rich-Dad (who is full of himself) & "Wealthy Barber" (beginning level stuff) to TRYING to read the "Four Pillars" book and getting part way through the "Intelligent Investor." The two last ones I got from the library after reading recommendations here. Four Pillars is REALLY dry! Good to put you to sleep! I will attempt to read it once again after I get a little further in my "studies." I liked the Graham book (that's why I'm buying it!! But it was much more to read than I could do with a library book - not fair to renew forever, is it? I will let you know my final review later but it seems much more readable than the Four Pillars.
Other books: (get from library first, then buy if you like it)
anything by Ric Edelman is hooey - he seems pretty full of it & pushing his product
Wealthy Barber - very elementary (save 10% of salary is theme) not bad to start
Liked Charles Schwab's book, "guide to financial independence"
Suze Orman basically says the same in all her stuff but does lay a groundwork of basics of what you need to do to get your financial house in order
Liked Peter Lynch's "Learn to Earn" - easy read, made sense
Liked Paul Merriman's "Live it up without Outliving Your Money" but I think that one needs to be taken with a grain of salt (other comments on this one, fellow forum members?)
Millionaire Next Door is a good read and can be an eye opener
can't think of anymore now (plus my 17 yo DD wants the computer! She just finished work, so I will be nice
Remember to just go into your local library or bookstore and browse in the investing and personal finance sections - don't need to buy! Also Ebay is a good source for used (and new) books.