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3.0 out of 5 stars Less an anthology, more a financial planning manual targeted at a US Market, 21 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what's most important. (Paperback)
I came across this book purely by chance - a twitter follow from Devin D Thorpe due to my own interest in crowdfunding (the method he apparently used to finance the book), but from the description I was expecting it to be just the kind of book I enjoy - an anthology of inspirational stories about people who have taken actions to help others and thereby leave their "Mark on the World".

While there are indeed a number of such anecdotes within the book, they are actually more of an illustration, or perhaps a motivational tool, to persuade the reader to make a structured plan to give both in time and money, to a chosen cause. The chapters alternate between these personal stories and outlining a very structured approach to planning and managing personal finances in order to make the most of tax incentives, and including charitable giving in a lifelong plan. What I found slightly strange is that, while it is written as if this option that could be open to anyone, the examples given were of someone who may be earning in the region of $100,000 or driving an expensive, gas guzzling, new vehicle - hardly average.

The format also means that it's not really the most suitable book for a non American as while the basics of personal finance are relevant to all, it covers a great deal of specific information about the types of tax reliefs and financial products available solely in the US.

However, while the book was not what I had hoped, I can't deny that at least some of the personal stories were great to read about - ordinary people achieving extraordinary things which is always uplifting subject matter for me. Indeed I now follow Thorpe's blog where such individuals are profiled regularly, and can't help being intrigued to read his more recent book on "Crowdfunding Your Mark on the World".
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