Unless you have $100,000 available or have inherited a cool million, after taxes, you may find this hard to take. While it is entertaining to read about the author's bumbling approach to problem solving on Wall Street, many people will find themselves in a financial morass. She oversimplifies, plays favorites, has prejudices (all exposed freely). Accepting all this, the book will serve the slow-to-act amateur. There are some sound points on investing; terminology becomes more understandable; pitfalls are indicated. On personal grounds, she disapproves of life insurance and mutual funds. She's valuable on the choice of a broker or investment counsellor, on avoiding the gamesmanship of the investment club, and the risk of doing it all yourself. And, while she deals in large figures, the basic principles are there.