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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Signet 1988 (1988)
  • ASIN: B0039RTR32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Thoppay on Jan. 26 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is great for people who tend to make a decent amount of money but foolishly squander it. It is written in some older English, but it is not too difficult to follow since the stories are easy reads. It mainly talks about ten key ideas.
1. Save 10% of what you earn
2. Don't get involved in investments that you do not understand or don't invest in someone else' idea unless it is in the area of their expertise
3. Don't gamble or get involved with quick rich campaigns
4. Focus your energies on improving what you do so that you can increase your earnings
5. Be true to your word - pay back debts and build relationships
6. Invest wisely - mainly invest in your area of expertise or with a good friend in his or her area of expertise
7. Be decisive - don't take too much time in deciding an investment is right. If you wait too long, the opportunity may be gone. This is a fine line because you don't want to rush in either.
8. Invest in yourself so that you can improve your skills in the future
9. Be a person of action - luck comes along with hard work
10. Have a strong determination that you will succeed.
The book was a very quick read - I read it in about hour or so. Much of it was a bit repetitive - I guess it helps to ensure that you got the points. Honestly, I thought I would get a lot more out of this book. I already knew of most of ideas, and in the places where I could use some help like being decisive it did not give me suggestions to improve in that area. I guess it will just take some more practice on my part. I would suggest stopping by your local library to pick up this book. If you like it enough, go out and get it and add to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Malchow on Feb. 14 2005
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This book is an absolute must read for anyone wanting to increase their financial intelligence. Although, many of the ideas in the book arewhat some people would call "common sense", it is the delivery of these ideas which make this book a gem. Every financial principle that this book presents is encased in a fable and repeated more numerous times. It is the presentation of the principles which truely allow people to internalize them and apply them in their everyday lives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robertson TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2010
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George Clason's book "The Richest Man in Babylon" should be read by all investors. First published in 1926, the book is a classic, and reminds us that the path to riches is based on some very basic but sound principles rather than on the "New New Thing" (as Michael Lewis chronicles) or the latest hot stock or industry sector (for example technology, commodities, or housing). The prose can be a bit archaic, partly by design as the parables are set in Babylonian times, and partly because it was written almost a century ago. That a book this old still offers sound guidance is in fact one of the important lessons - lessons that should be especially relevant to today's stock market investors, real estate speculators and those financing their lifestyles through home equity lines of credit.

Clason's wisdom is encapsulated in seven lessons: start thy purse to fattening; control thy expenditures; make thy gold multiply; guard thy treasures from loss; make thy dwelling a profitable investment; insure a future income; and increase thy ability to earn. Each lesson is covered through anecdotes and parables, and the book's short length makes it an easy read over one or two sittings. Others have provided similar guidance over the years, perhaps none so well as Canadian author David Chilton with his "The Wealthy Barber: The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning" book. Chilton covers a broader range of topics (e.g. life insurance) over more pages and in a more contemporary fashion, but his basic message is still the same.
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By annette hubley on June 12 2014
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A book everyone should read, a great book to be part so the school material . I did like this version of the book .
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By Canadian on June 11 2014
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This book was easy to read and to the point. Value packed in a few pages worth more than a bundle of books put together. Want to learn about the value of money, this is a good start.
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By Marcy Winkler on April 15 2014
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Anyone who has dreasms of becoming wealthy, this audio book is the first step.
You need to understand the history of money and how it actually works to be able to handle it when it does come your way.
Motivating, inspiring and a few laughs along the way. I want the paper copy to go along with it because I am sure it would have been just as great on paper. The man who narrates this book is a genius and makes it come alive. You have got to buy this.
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This book is a practical lesson in managing your money and your life (period)
Don't think there is anything else I can say.
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By William on July 16 2013
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Stories are simple but really catch your attention. I bought this on impulse but could not put it down. Great book and I will be rereading.
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