The Book I Needed—Fifty Years
I decided to see what Dr. John Spooner has
written the book on many aspects of life that I needed fifty
years ago in No
One Ever Told Us That.
written as letters to his grandchildren, the book contains
a wealth of information especially on financial matters. I
suspect that posing the book as letters written to his grandchildren
was a literary ploy, but boy does it work. When written as
letters to his grandchildren, the messages seem to come from
the heart and and not from some bloviating expert who thinks
he has all the answers to all the world's problems.
is definitely aimed at the younger set—thsoe just getting
ready to enter the work force and the complications of financial
advice on insurance and insurance agents would have been of
great value to me thirty years ago, and his evaluation of
these people seems to be right on the money. His evaluation
is not a positive one.
of his advice that I learned or figured out myself by trial
and error rings true. I was especiall attracted to his chapter
“What I Learned from the Military.” He said one
should carry a clipboard no matter where he went and no one
would bother you. But one thing I disagree with him concerns
the relationship between soldiers and their sergeants. He
said troops grow to love them. I did not and I repeat I did
not grow to love my sergeants especially drill sergeants.
I think drill sergeants are sadistic.
a few of the 59 chapters (or letters) will give the reader
a good idea of the range of information in the book: “Getting
in and out of Debt,” “Rules If You Marry,”
“The Importance of Being Well Dressed, “Make Yourself
Memorable,” and “What about the Internet?”
has 59 chapters or letters. I used a MP3 version but I would
suggest that those who are just starting purchase either a
paperback or hardback and read it through and from time to
time go back to it when a topic comes up, go back and review
and add to the material Spooner has provided.
passing remark, I wonder if he ever wrote just chatty letters
to his grandchildren covering such things as how is your love
life and what movies have you seen and what books have you