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Old 10-10-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I'm guessing he puts on a good radio show and that's why the interest in the book?
You can go to his website and listen to a podcast or two: The Clark Howard Radio Show | www.clarkhoward.com
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I decided to pick up the kindle version of this, just to see what this guy is about. I admit to having only read bits and pieces, but so far it seems geared toward people who haven't the first clue about personal finance; seems insulting to the intelligence of probably most adults these days. So far everything is a case study, like about a couple that had tens of thousands of debt, and how they dug out of it. How did they get there? Well it seems their weakness was visiting casinos with their credit cards (I didn't even know that was possible).

Hope it will get more interesting, so far it's reading a lot like the old Charles Givens books, a tip here or there that's probably good for someone 18-20 just learning how to build up credit and manage the basics of life, etc.

I'm guessing he puts on a good radio show and that's why the interest in the book?
Clark is more of a consumer advocate than a financial planner (how to shop for airline tickets, where the best deals are TVs, etc). Listen to his show and you will see how many people don't have a basic understand of financial planning.

He has said he took a different course with this book vs his previous nine. Charles Given's books were easy to read, but don't take the "advice" he offered.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Clark is more of a consumer advocate than a financial planner (how to shop for airline tickets, where the best deals are TVs, etc). Listen to his show and you will see how many people don't have a basic understand of financial planning.

He has said he took a different course with this book vs his previous nine. Charles Given's books were easy to read, but don't take the "advice" he offered.
I think some of Given's advice on tax deductions and such (if I recall correctly, it's been a long time) were a little bit questionable, but not uncharacteristic for thinking back in that day (early 90's, coming off the heals of the 80's which were the "all about me myself and I" decade).

Other than that, I'd say the Howard Clark book isn't all that different -- it's drawing attention to the obvious I think. I'd like to think I'll see something original if I keep reading.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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