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E. Alan Fleischauer shares their wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered throughout their 20 years of experience as a financial advisor in Reconfigurement: Reconfiguring Your Life at Any Stage and Planning Ahead. Throughout the book, I must say I was hugely entertained- an impressive feat for a non-fiction work. This is undoubtedly due to the author’s entertaining tone and commitment to keeping the book relatable and fundamentally authentic to everyday life through the use of numerous anecdotes.
There is much to commend in Emil Alan’s work. The most notable point of commendation is the way the author is able to deliver such a complex message which many books before have been unable to. The use of simple and coherent language throughout is a refreshing take from the world of, in some cases, meaningless jargon often saturating other non-fiction books of this type. I would go so far as to say the author maintains the complex and precise nature of the topic whilst even allowing for a child to read and understand the facts of the matter being presented. The entire book feels welcoming and chatty, almost as if by reading the book, Emil Alan would bestow upon you a new lease of life by transporting you back to your years of youth- the book may come close, but of course, even that is sadly a step out of its reach.
The only minor issue I have with the book is its lack of structure at times. I get the impression that, at times, the cordial tone employed throughout the book leads to the author rambling on and allowing the focus of the book to be lost slightly. This complaint with structure however, is minor, and in all cases, the author otherwise maintains focus excellently without being overbearing on the reader. Building on the lack of structure, it should be noted that the chapter layout of the book makes finding specific information slightly difficult. My suggestion to counteract this issue, as I did myself, is to note down points you may wish to refer to in the future on a separate piece of paper to aid future navigation.
Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The message the book delivers is profound and critical for all to read, giving great food for thought even for those readers that would consider themselves to be lucky enough to be on the young side of the main target demographic- those that are planning for retirement.
In general, I consider Reconfigurement: Reconfiguring Your Life at Any Stage and Planning Ahead to be the perfect balance between information and entertainment, with the author having a unique ability to blend fact and entertainment together. Allow yourself to be entertained by this masterful piece of work by E. Alan Fleischauer and plan an informed future whilst doing so.
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