Financial Peace Revisited

Dave Ramsey, Author Viking Books $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-670-03208-2
An updated, expanded version of Ramsey's first book about overcoming debt and managing personal finances, this edition boasts new chapters on the relationship between money matters and family matters. (Originally self-published in 1992, Financial Peace had its sales bolstered by Ramsey's eponymous personal finance radio talk show; the 1997 Viking edition became a business bestseller.) When it comes to solving money problems, Ramsey knows whence he speaks: he had made and lost a real estate fortune by age 30. His straightforward guide to fiscal tranquility covers the basics of career (work hard in a job you're good at), savings (sock away 10% of your take-home pay), investments (invest long-term with pretax dollars) and spending (live below your income). The new chapters offer financial advice for singles, spouses and parents-agreeing on money matters, Ramsey says, leads to ""fabulous unity"" in a marriage. Commentary from Ramsey's wife, Sharon, concludes each chapter; while often a bit drippy (""Communicating with those closest to you is important. A lot of times this will be your spouse or your best friend""), it puts another reassuring layer on an already warm (sometimes Christian-themed) and helpful text.
Reviewed on: 01/01/2003
Release date: 12/01/2002
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Hardcover - 276 pages - 978-0-670-87361-6
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