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5 Books on Getting Your Finances Back on Track

Money Politics & Economics

It doesn’t take much to knock our finances off course. A car accident, a hospital bill, or a disappointing investment can leave us staring at our bank account, unsure of how to rebuild.

Fortunately, we don’t have to figure it out by ourselves. In the five superb reads below, experts on money management and big-picture economic trends offer their best advice for getting our finances back on track and securing a bright future.

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The Family-First Entrepreneur: How to Achieve Financial Freedom Without Sacrificing What Matters Most

By Steve Chou

Most entrepreneurs start a business seeking freedom but end up in a prison of hundred-hour workweeks isolated from their loved ones. This book is a guide to do entrepreneurship differently—letting go of the hustle and embracing a family-first mindset instead. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Steve Chou, in the Next Big Idea App

Make Money Move: A Guide to Financial Wellness

By Lauren Simmons

The popular host of the Money Moves podcast and youngest person ever to trade on the New York Stock Exchange provides winning tips for women to help them shift their financial mindset, become confident about their money, set them on a path to financial security, and live their best lives. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Lauren Simmons, in the Next Big Idea App

You Will Own Nothing: Your War with a New Financial World Order and How to Fight Back

By Carol Roth

A bestselling author and entrepreneur investigates a not-so-hypothetical situation in which a new financial world order takes hold, where global elites own everything and you own nothing—and yet you are somehow happy. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Carol Roth, in the Next Big Idea App

Money Magic: An Economist’s Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life

By Laurence Kotlikoff

One of our nation’s premier personal finance experts harnesses the power of economics and advanced computation to deliver a host of spellbinding but simple money magic tricks that will transform your financial future. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Laurence Kotlikoff, in the Next Big Idea App

Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions

By Myra Strober and Abby Davisson

At a time when we are experiencing the most significant shift in work-life balance in decades, this framework offers simple and effective steps to empower readers to make the best strategic decisions—without having to sacrifice their careers or personal lives. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Myra Strober and Abby Davisson, in the Next Big Idea App

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“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.

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