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Book Review: 'The Simple Dollar'

Book Review Title: "The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams" Author: Trent Hamm Publisher: FT Press, 2010; 272 pages; $19.99 When it comes to personal financial advice, the field of books and blogs and gurus is cluttered. And when it comes to changing human behavior -- especially ingrained money patterns around indebtedness, spending and saving -- it takes a very special touch to move the needle. This genre is somewhat formulaic: tell a relatable story of inspiration, throw some action steps in and wrap it in a catchy brand -- fini. But what's not so simple is truly capturing the heart and mind of a debt-ridden reader and striking upon the precise mix of words that flick their mental and behavioral switches so that they do something, and eventually many things, differently today, tomorrow, next week and next year than they did before they opened your book. Paradoxically, blogger and author Trent...