Hard Times Guide reviews

The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security has been favorably reviewed by USA Today, Chris Farrell of Marketplace Money, Steve Vernon of CBS MoneyWatch and others. Here’s a sampling.

Kerry Hannon

USA Today reviewed The Hard Times Guide today, saying the book paints a sobering portrait of the retirement landscape, but “offers ways to build long-term retirement security and boost knowledge on a broad array of topics from money issues, such as 401 (k) plans and managing health care expenses to ways to navigate the 50-plus job market.”

Mark Miller, author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work, and Living (Bloomberg Press/Wiley, 223 pages, $16.95), doesn’t sugarcoat it. “The timing couldn’t be worse: The largest generation in our history is approaching retirement age during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” Miller writes.

Gets your attention. Miller is an expert on aging and retirement, writes the syndicated weekly column, “Retire Smart,” and publishes RetirementRevised.com. It shows in his careful reporting on the ominous subject of retirement. He is diligent about listing detailed notes in each chapter to support facts and figures.

Click here to read the full review in USA Today.

Chris Farrell

Great company indeed! The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security was named this week to Chris Farrell’s list of the top seven books for money and careers at NextAvenue.org. Other authors on the list include Peter L. Bernstein, Burton G. Malkiel and Marc Freedman.

Chris is economics editor for American Public Media’s Marketplace Money, radio program, and author
 of three books, including The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better. About the Hard Times Guide, Chris wrote:

I’m a fan of syndicated columnist Miller’s roll-up-the-sleeves approach to retirement planning. His book had breadth. It covers topics ranging from investing for retirement to understanding Social Security to the benefits of lifelong learning.
About a third of the Hard Times Guide deals with advice on working during the traditional retirement years. Since retirement could last 20 years or more, Miller writes, “working for even a few additional years can pay a surprisingly large bonus.”

Gotta admit, it’s a bit of a mutual admiration society; read what I had to say about The New Frugality here.

Steve Vernon

CBS Moneywatch.com blogger Steve Vernon zeroes in on The Hard Times Guide’s chapters on working longer, noting that staying at work past age 65 “is becoming standard retirement planning advice from many financial writers. . .”

One good source of inspiration and information for finding retirement work comes from a great book by Mark Miller: The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work, and Living.

Mark devotes a number of chapters to finding work that offer realistic and appropriate tips for boomers. One table I particularly liked, distilled from a comprehensive report from the Urban Institute entitled Will Employers Want Aging Boomers?, showed 20 of the fastest-growing occupations with above average proportions of workers age 55 and older.

Steve is a former actuary who I’ve quoted frequently on issues related to longevity issues. He also has contributed a number of great guest articles to my RetirementRevised.com website.

Along with his regular posts at CBS Moneywatch.com, Steve heads up Rest of Life Communications, a firm devoted to no-nonsense retirement education. He publishes an especially useful free eNewsletter, to which you can subscribe here.

Richard Eisenberg

The Hard Times Guide was featured today in USA Weekend. The story, How to Find a Job after 50, picks up on one of the book’s key themes — career reinvention and midlife job security. I spoke with USA Weekend contributor Richard Eisenberg about the recommendations in Chapter 13, Six Rules for Job-Hunting. The book’s official publication date is June 8th, but you can download a free chapter now on how working longer helps build retirement security for the long haul.