We picked the 8 most exciting personal finance books coming to a shelf near you in 2022, from self-help guides to narrative history.
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As the third calendar year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 is bound to be another unpredictable chapter in a confusing decade — not least of all for your finances. Luckily, we will have plenty of books to help us make sense of things and fill in our knowledge gaps. According to our research on Edelweiss+ (the IMDB for books), here are the most exciting, most anticipated books about money coming your way in 2022, all available for preorder now.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an renowned economist on call to answer all your money questions? That's the premise behind Laurence Kotlikoff's new book, "Money Magic: An Economist's Secrets to More Money, Less Risk, and a Better Life." It's billed as a comprehensive guide to many of life's biggest financial decisions, like "education, career, marriage, lifestyle, housing, investment, retirement, or Social Security."
During the George Floyd protests of 2020, Kimberly Jones's seven-minute video went viral thanks to a brilliant comparison between Monopoly and the history of racism in the United States. "How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged," is a book-length extension of her ideas, as well as "strategies for how we can effect change as citizens and allies while nurturing ourselves—the most valuable asset we have—in the fight against a system that is still rigged."
Back in high school, you probably learned that the American Revolution was about political freedom. But Randall's forthcoming book, "The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America," makes a compelling case that for many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, it was also about money.
"Planet Money" is one of our favorite podcasts at Policygenius, so we're naturally excited for co-host and correspondent Mary Childs's "The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All." It's about Bill Gross, the man who "turned the sleepy bond market into a destabilized game of high risk, high reward," but eventually "his ambition would also be his undoing."
Cryptocurrencies are becoming more mainstream every day, but the digital finance revolution is still a lightning rod for controversy. In "Cloudmoney: Why the War for Our Wallets Is a War for Our World," journalist Brett Scott "lays out the coming battles between techno-utopians and those who do not want to exist in the Cloud, and critically analyzes the claims made by cryptocurrency promoters, who believe blockchain technology offers an escape."
Illustrated by Nina Cosford, "How to Money: Your Ultimate Visual Guide to the Basics of Finance" looks like a fun introduction to "the basics of money — how to earn it, manage it, and use it — giving you all the tools you need to take charge and be fearless with personal finance."
Believe it or not, income inequality has gotten considerably worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Keystroke Capitalism: How Banks Create Money for the Few," written by Aaron Sahr and translated by Sharon Howe, "traces the omission of money creation from theories of capitalism and maps its consequences."
Kinney is the host of the "Good Money" podcast, and now he's put some of his best advice for changing your relationship with money into a new book, "Good Money Revolution: How to Make More to Do More." It includes actionable steps to "earn more, save more, and use your money to make a difference in the world."