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  • ISBN-13: 9780786286157
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Series: Thorndike Health, Home and Learning Ser.
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2006

    Nothing new here.

    I read the book twice hoping to find a nugget, a grain, a granule of worthwhile information. I found none. My hat is off to the author for good timing and good marketing. He will be able to come closer to his 'number' by selling this book to those wandering in the void hoping for some insight on how to reach a comfortable retirement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    lacking financial advice and perspective

    I picked up The Number hoping for some practical tips--maybe formulas and exercises to help me plan for the future. But halfway into the book, I was so depressed I could barely muster the energy to turn the page. People with many millions more than me are worried to death that they don't have enough for retirement. And here I was thinking we were pretty well prepared to retire comfortably. Clearly, I'm completely out of touch--or else the author is. All the top-earners he writes about either support mistresses, or would be suicidal to have to give up their Paris chateaus in retirement. And, he says, there are only four types of people when it comes to retirement planning--all of them hopelessly naive or stupid. He goes on in fine Chicken Little style (he is a journalist, after all) to tell us how unprepared baby boomers are to retire, how unprepared everyone is. This is helping me how? In fairness to Eisenberg, I'll admit that I didn't read to the end. Maybe it gets a lot better in the last 50 pages. But just as I wouldn't sit and listen to someone's narcissistic complaining for hours on end, I just couldn't hold out long enough to get to whatever reward might be at the end of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    Confidence-builder

    Don't most of us at one time or another need better information about some aspect of life? The fear of getting bad advice, particularly about a complex issue, can foster procrastination, or muddling through based on incomplete information. Here is a book that cleared the fog for me in a big way. It has helped my wife and I better focus our life-planning and financial practices and investment choices. This book is a great service.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Warped Perspective

    I picked up The Number hoping for some practical tips--maybe formulas and exercises to help me plan for the future. But halfway into the book, I was so depressed I could barely muster the energy to turn the page. People with many millions more than me are worried to death that they don't have enough for retirement. And here I was thinking we were pretty well prepared to retire comfortably. Clearly, I'm completely out of touch--or else Eisenberg is. Eisenberg's world is downright unpleasant--he says people are more willing to talk about what kinds of animals they are, uh, cozying up to than they are to talk about how much is in their retirement savings. All the top-earners he writes about either support mistresses, or would be suicidal to have to give up their Paris chateaus in retirement. And, he says, there are only four types of people when it comes to retirement planning--all of them hopelessly naive or stupid. He goes on in fine Chicken Little style (he is a journalist, after all) to tell us how unprepared baby boomers are to retire, how unprepared everyone is. This is helping me how? In fairness to Eisenberg, I'll admit that I didn't read to the end. Maybe it gets a lot better in the last 50 pages. But just as I wouldn't sit and listen to someone's narcissistic complaining for hours on end, I just couldn't hold out long enough to get to whatever reward might be at the end of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Dull, self absorbed author

    I kept hoping this book would get better the more I got into it but it never happened. So much of this book is taken up with the author's self-absorbed stories and perspectives. He seems to believe that it's a qualification that he left the New York City ratrace to work in the midwest although he takes a pressure filled job with a major mail order company. Please know that this author has no qualifications to be offering any sort of informed financial advice. And, he hasn't done much homework to be giving the world lifestyle advice. It's a relatively short back and hardly worth anywhere near the steep ticket price. Should have been a magazine article instead and it would have been a mediocre one at that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Fascinating Book

    I found this book absolutely fascinating. Most books on how much one needs for retirement focus solely on financials and are oriented towards members of society whose target is reasonably low and who have saved little or nothing. Mr Eisenberg takes a different look at what is required for retirement in light of goals and aspirations. It is very thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Thought provoking

    As the author of a similar book entitled, When Can I Tell My Boss, I Quit!, I offer the highest compliment to Mr. Eisenberg: I used his book as part of my research. This book carries you along easily but poses some serious questions about the emotional aspects of money and retirement that need to be addressed. He explores our dependency on money and the struggle to put it in the correct place in our lives and our decisions to retire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    A Wake-up Call

    If you're expecting hand holding and a step-by-step 'how to' on preparing for retirement, this ain't it. But what 'The Number' is is a wake-up call to anyone who figures Uncle Sam (the federal government) or Aunt Sadie (rich aunt, no heirs) will bail you out and fund a lucrative retirement. Look in the mirror. That's who's going to fund your retirement and if you haven't gotten around to it, get started. If anything, the author provides numerous reasons to get with it and start preparing for retirement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    Well-written exploration of retirement means and meaning

    This financial and life-planning book wraps basic fiscal planning information around the timely mantra, 'The Number' - the amount of savings you need to retire. The first 75% of the book offers retirement basics, including a selection of insights from financial planners. Throughout, it reads well, in a breezy magazine style, no surprise given author Lee Eisenberg¿s illustrious career at Esquire. But be patient: the richest meat of the book is near the end where he gets more specific about how much money you need to retire, and how to live both well and purposefully. The book¿s suggestions about how big a nest egg you must hatch to live well during retirement are mostly directed at those who are already pretty comfy. Eisenberg also offers insights on purposeful living, 'a completely different way to think about the rest of your life.' We find that financially savvy readers can skim the fiscal advice, while those who are unfamiliar with retirement financial planning could read it more slowly (though not as the last word on the subject). While you are pondering feathering your nest for the long term, you may want to give more attention to Eisenberg¿s thoughts on purpose than to his thoughts on payoffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    Insightful

    I received a preview copy of The Number as part of a Bzz Campaign. Prior to receiving the book, I expected some guidance which would help lead me to a 'number' more meaningful than something based strictly on financial analytics. While the bulk of the subject matter in this book encourages the reader to look beyond bottom line dollars and cents, I did not come away with any great new strategy. Instead, the book inspired a little soul searching and was a reminder that life is not just about the bottom line. Even when you have the bottom line firmly established, life can toss you some surprises. I'd say this book is good for someone starting to think about what retirement could (should?) mean for them, and would also make an excellent gift for someone who focuses too strongly on just financials. On the other hand, if (like me) you receive the book expecting to find some new formulas or worksheets to measure your progress so far, skip to pages 250-252. The worksheet presented here is probably more thoughtful than anything a storefront finanacial planner has prepared for you. Worth the time to read? Yes. Life changing revelations? No.

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