The Week in Books 2009, No. 5

As I was reading “Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne” by David Starkey, Josh wondered in a joking way how many books I could possibly read about Queen Elizabeth. Of course, as the old adage goes, you can never be too rich, too thin, or read too many books about Queen Elizabeth.

Or something like that.

Anyway, I’m indebted to Paula for suggesting this book in a comment a while ago because I enjoyed Starkey’s look at Elizabeth’s early life immensely. In addition to excellent scholarship, a readable style, and good attention to the pace of his narrative, Starkey takes subtle potshots at other academics with whom he disagrees, which was informative as well as funny. If you’re interested at all in the Elizabethan era, I’d recommend this book.

“Living Rich for Less” contains sound advice on getting ahead financially even if you are just in an average position to start out, and it’s written with an entertaining style. That said, I didn’t find it particularly ground-breaking, and I didn’t take any notes. If you haven’t read Dave Ramsey, or don’t like him for some reason, you might find Ellie Kay’s take to be more palatable or a good place to start. Again, there is nothing wrong with this book, I just didn’t get anything new out of it.

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