My Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it. I understand where the cMy Mom mentioned this book in relation to some local non-profits she is very involved with, so have been planning to read it. I understand where the criticisms come from to an extent, but I know from being involved with our local (big terrible horrible) public school system that paradigms of reality are subjective, and talking about them is often very difficult, especially across paradigms with an absence of trust. In her book, she talks hers, and the listener can hear widely different things. The idea that the poor have 'low moral values' is something I really hope isn't actually part of this, I've come across that elsewhere and I really feel like that's a way to excuse racism etc.. Human beings have 'high' and 'low' 'moral' values in various combinations their whole life, but criticizing the behavior of the rich always has a very different tone than criticizing the behavior of the poor. Anyway, the bottom line for me is: given she'll be wrong with some of what she says here, it remains possible that some/alot is true. And as long as one doesn't substitute her truth 100% into our own definition of truth, but instead holds it as a possible component of our truth, such exposures can only be useful....more
Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. But would be fascin Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. But would be fascinating as a snapshot at that point in time, just prior to the huge tilt that took place in 1991....more
Probably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. Otherwise possibly iProbably already out-of-date, and according to Amazon, very expensive. Probably small print, intended for certain limited market. Otherwise possibly interesting just for the incidental info in it, possibly....more
These sorts of books are kind of a bad habit of mine. Yes, they tend to be obvious to an extent, and all. But the random tidbit! There *could* be a raThese sorts of books are kind of a bad habit of mine. Yes, they tend to be obvious to an extent, and all. But the random tidbit! There *could* be a random useful tidbit! It's hopeless.
I also get a kick out of how she says in the early part such things as "Follow the advice here and you will know exactly whta you need to do to adapt to the new post-meltdown reality," and "I promise I will never steer you wrong or put your dreams of a secure future in peril. You can count on me." Meanwhile, on the title page, it says, "Neither the author nor the publisher is engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services by publishing this book. ...The author and publisher will not be responsible for any liability, loss, or risk incurred as a result of the use and application of any of the information contained in this book." Beauty.
Beyond that, in the early pages she talks about the very real possibility that we in the US are facing a recession. In the months since this was printed, it's clearly become much worse - a domestic Depression, and global Depression, a global Depression plus war.. it's unclear just what the parameters are. The more variance there is between our situation today and what Suze perceived when this was written, the more 'off' the advice may be.
So, incorrect advice which - in any case - you are warned not to rely on. Seems like a bit of limited utility.
Even so, books like this can be useful I think just for familiarity with terms and how things work, not just FICO scores and 401K/403B vs. Roth, but things like the FDCPA; NFCC; DMP; MMMD's vs. MMMF's; interrelationships between the FDIC, NCUA and the Treasury; FAFSA and Staffords, and the SPIC. Unfortunately this book doesn't have an index.
But using it to brush up on the range of subjects she covers, and using her current website plus the most current info on all the sources she includes probably will continue to yield interesting points of view to consider, as we continue to spin into (hopefully survivable) entropy.
After reading/skimming it: I would say it's useful. The headings in every section let you pick only that content that relates to or interests you. And the matter-of-fact tone is reassuring and makes it seem like a conversation. These subjects are among those that conversation improves, I believe. So, if this book seems like a good idea for you, my advice would be to go ahead and read/skim it! But the more time has passed since November 2008 when you read it, keep in mind details and/or the whole tone might not specifically fit reality anymore, exactly. Still, the refreshing conversation and shifting around of goals/methods/abilities to respond/facing the truth/ and most of all CHOICES we all have is useful....more
Blood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.
My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psychBlood - Urvashi Butalia (1997): India & Pak, a family torn by the Partition; very moving.
My Father's Raj - Mark Tully (1997); on the English psyche w.r.t. India over the past century in the family of the writer, also interesting.
Erotic Politicians and Mullahs - Hanif Kureishi (1985): Very full of content, not simply-enough-for-me written, will need to re-read, possibly multiple times. All about Pak, and Pakistanis in England, and England, and England-Pakistan. Does help fill in a bit my huge question-vessel in regard to Pak. More of this writer may well be of interest.
White Lies - Amit Chaudhari (2001); Very distinctly honest about the gently brutal interactions of people with different levels of power, the texture of such a relationship. In the same vein (at my level of familiarity anyway) as Thrity Umrigar's 'Space Between Us' and Rohan Mistry's 'Fine Balance.'
Mumbai - Suketa Mehta (1997): Some of the same content as 'Maximum Ciy', but thought would be petty to skip it since I have it in my hands etc.. Felt more afterward like maybe I'd read more..
6 March, 1989 - Salman Rushdie (1989) - poem about that period. Wow, like it! Maybe his books won't be so impossible for me to go in with.
Kabir Street - R. K. Narayan (1997): Excellent.. the sort of writing I love, a slice of life. I'd known I'd like him already, and have some whole books of his. Can't wait!
Unsteady People - Ian Jack (1989) : Fascinating sociological essay basically, about attitudes of the powerful toward the powerless in India, in brutal honesty. Then a comparison to the same in England - with the conclusion that is the same in England, only there they cover it over with make believe hoo-ha to make themselves feel better. And that in India it's all in the open atleast.
What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat - Chitrita Banerji (1995) - interesting about the writer's mother, and how fervently she wanted to keep to all the ritual laws regarding widows in that region, and her (the writer's) reaction to her mother's response. Need to read more of this writer!
Jihadis - Pankaj Mishra, 2002 - fascinating all about the rise of the Taliban and the situation in Pakistan and all sorts of related aspects.. Is the clearest account I've read from someone who actually sought to understand the Taliban and their rise. Not quite 'sympathetic' maybe, but very close - very useful to read to get a fuller-than-trivial glimpse. Also usefully clear about anti-US anger and its causes.
And actually I did already read the next one: Two Indians on America - Amit Chaudhuri & Ramachandra Guha (2002).
Pariah, narrated by Viramma over ten years to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine. This is non-fiction, an account of her life as midwife and agricultural worker in Karani, a village near Pondicherry. In this account Viramma the obstacles faced by political organizers who visit; some of the details about her activities as midwife, some information about her children (many of whom have died, who she grieves deeply), and a lot about evil spirits and other entities that her belief system includes. The presence of this piece makes me reconsider the whole book to an extent.. wait - who pulled this together? What might the overall message be? Hmm...
Serendip, by Ian Jack, short and ok.. Still was wary.
The Tutor, Nell Freudenberger - quite long, extensive info about the main character; probably more than the writer actually knew. Liked some things about it, not all of it.
Dervishes, Rory Stewart - excerpt from 'The Places Inbetween' - fascinating about the struggles within Pakistan for what -kind- of Islam is approved and acceptable; vs. what -kind- has been in place since the beginning. Totally changed my attitude about his book, will look forward to reading it now.
Little Durga, Shampa Banerjee - all about the filming of Satyajit Ray's filming of Pather Panchali! She was in it, as a child! Fascinating and awesome.
My Hundredth Year, Nirad C. Chaudhuri - wonderful, all about aspects of his writing, how it was received, written as of his 100th birthday. 'The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian,' 19051 was his first published book.
So, as is clear at this point, this book has a really wide scope of work and subject and format and writing style etc.. I was never one much for compilations, but working my way through this I've become aware that they can serve a huge purpose.
Hodson was born in Edmonton, London.[1:] He was later a member of the Economic Advisory Council and Editor of The Round Table from 1934-1939. He was DHodson was born in Edmonton, London.[1:] He was later a member of the Economic Advisory Council and Editor of The Round Table from 1934-1939. He was Director of the Empire Division of the Ministry of Information from 1939 to 1941, then became Reforms Commissioner of the Government of India.
Returning to England in 1942, he was made Principal Assistant Secretary and later Head of Non-Munitions, at the Ministry of Broadcast until 1945.
At the end of the Second World War, he returned to journalism, becoming assistant editor of The Sunday Times, and was editor from 1950 until 1961. He was editor of The Annual Register from 1973 until his retirement in 1988. He died on 26 March 1999....more