To give the thread some action lets generally call this a list of book to avoid that don't align with the Boglehead way.
I will start if off with:
I remember when this book came out, I even spent my good hard earned cash for a copy of it. Not sure if this was a good thing or not but could hardly afford the book so I had no cash to invest
From the Wiki
Charles J. Givens (February 5, 1941 - July 12, 1998) was a bestselling author of two books, Wealth Without Risk and Financial Self Defense.
Over his career, Givens was the target of dozens of lawsuits and two court cases for defrauding customers, one in California and one in Florida. The California fraud case found that he had misled his customers by claiming that he had made his money using his financial strategies, rather than by selling his financial strategies, and he was ordered to refund $14.1 million to his customers. Givens settled the Florida fraud case. Givens was also sued for advocating dropping insurance to save money by a woman whose husband was killed by an uninsured driver. Givens settled the insurance suit in 1993.