Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: "The Number" By Lee Eisenberg

In this fantastic piece, Lee Eisenberg tackles the most complex number known to anybody who can say “personal finance,” what do you need to retire? It’s a question whose answers bring about complex formulas that go way beyond the numbers. Lee spends a lot of time assessing how retirement has been viewed through the ages of our modern world, most notably in a pre and post social (in)security America.

Now while I completely disagree that there are any kinds of “good debt,” Lee’s assessments and conclusions on what retirement should mean to the individual is entirely spot on. I also found Lee’s writing style to be personable, relatable and funny. He wrote a lot of the things that I think (especially about Suze Orman) and does a phenomenal job making the reader assess what they really want their retirement to be. No matter how close or far we are from “retirement,” thinking about it is without question the best first step you can take.

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