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Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ: Get Smarter with Your Money Paperback – March 26, 2008

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Robert and his wife Kim live in Arizona.

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One of many in the Rich Dad series, Kiyosaki's abridged pep talk about financial wellness is a rapid read as narrated by Dave Mallow. Speaking with gusto, Mallow evokes the entrepreneur in everyone with rapid sentences that are targeted towards action. The summaries at the end of each chapter are read more slowly, allowing the reader to process the sometimes detailed information. In the bulk of the discussion Mallow moves between financial explanations and personal anecdotes in a warm and understanding tone. In addition to the summaries, each chapter ends with thinking points, some of which are worded to incite the reader to action. The smooth delivery helps make contemplating major financial decisions less daunting. M.R. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Rich Dad's
  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1St Edition edition (March 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446509361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446509367
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad - the international runaway bestseller that has held a top spot on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years - is an investor, entrepreneur and educator whose perspectives on money and investing fly in the face of conventional wisdom. He has, virtually single-handedly, challenged and changed the way tens of millions, around the world, think about money.In communicating his point of view on why 'old' advice - get a good job, save money, get out of debt, invest for the long term, and diversify - is 'bad' (both obsolete and flawed) advice, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage.Rich Dad Poor Dad ranks as the longest-running bestseller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher's Weekly - The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today - and was named "USA Today's #1 Money Book" two years in a row. It is the third longest-running 'how-to' best seller of all time.Translated into 51 languages and available in 109 countries, the Rich Dad series has sold over 27 million copies worldwide and has dominated best sellers lists across Asia, Australia, South America, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, Robert was inducted into Amazon.com Hall of Fame as one of that bookseller's Top 25 Authors. There are currently 26 books in the Rich Dad series.In 2006 Robert teamed up with Donald Trump to co-author Why We Want You To Be Rich - Two Men - One Message. It debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestsellers list.Robert writes a bi-weekly column - 'Why the Rich Are Getting Richer' - for Yahoo! Finance and a monthly column titled 'Rich Returns' for Entrepreneur magazine.Prior to writing Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert created the educational board game CASHFLOW 101 to teach individuals the financial and investment strategies that his rich dad spent years teaching him. It was those same strategies that allowed Robert to retire at age 47.Today there are more that 2,100 CASHFLOW Clubs - game groups independent of the Rich Dad Company - in cities throughout the world.Born and raised in Hawaii, Robert Kiyosaki is a fourth-generation Japanese-American. After graduating from college in New York, Robert joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam as an officer and helicopter gunship pilot. Following the war, Robert went to work in sales for Xerox Corporation and, in 1977, started a company that brought the first nylon and Velcro 'surfer wallets' to market. He founded an international education company in 1985 that taught business and investing to tens of thousands of students throughout the world.  In 1994 Robert sold his business and, through his investments, was able to retire at the age of 47. During his short-lived retirement he wrote Rich Dad Poor Dad.

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I have been a great fan of Kiyosaki for some years now, and have made good money following his principles, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. Also, I have read the greater part of his increasing panoply of books.

This book was quite disappointing. Like most of Kiyosaki's books, this one was filled with repetition. Now, I do subscribe to the theory that "repetition is the mother of learning," and so a bit of repetition to reinforce an important point is quite acceptable, and indeed beneficial.

But this book is full of mind-numbing repetition, and the content of its nearly 200 pages could easily have been boiled down to 50 pages.

There may be a clue as to the reason why this book was written on page 89 where the author says, "One of the benefits of being an author is that when I want a new liability [read: luxury item], I first write a book, like this one, and the royalties from the book pay for the liability."

That might indeed explain why this particular book was written.

For those who have already read Kiyosaki's books, especially the first three-- RDPD, Cashflow Quadrant, and Rich Dad's Guide to Investing-- this book would be quite superfluous. On the other hand for those totally new to Kiyosaki's work, this book may serve as a valuable primer.

Still, there are a few excellent "take-aways" from this book:

1) The world no longer runs on Money (a medium of exchange backed by real value--traditionally silver and gold, or other hard assets), but on Currencies (totally fictitious media of exchange based on debt and manipulation by central banks). Historically, every currency has eventually gone to its intrinsic value--ZERO.
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I was really disappointed by this book. There's some new (or at least new perspective for me) items, but they could probably be condensed down to a single chapter. But then Kiyosaki couldn't really sell a book of just 1 chapter, so instead, he drifts off topic (a lot), and wrote a lot of filler material.

I don't know what he repeats more often -- his relationship with Donald Trump, or how (in his opinion), going off the gold standard was a bad idea. Neither of which, by the way, increased my Financial IQ.

There is a lot of filler. There are stories about the Merchant Marines. About Vietnam. About his surfing wallet empire. Chapters and chapters and chapters of this -- maybe, if I was in the right mood, it might be interesting. But *so* much of this has nothing to do with Finanace.. I can't help avoid thinking that Kiyosaki wanted another to buy another Bentley, so he wrote this book to pay for it...

Oh, and there's several instances where he makes glaring math errors or logic errors. These further detract from thinking of this as a "finance" book.

Pick another book. I wish I had.
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I found this book to be a little rushed and not Robert's best effort. As I read this book it seemed to me he thought, perfect time to write a book and make some money. A line like this really supports that claim too, "One of the benefits of being an author is that when I want a new liability [read: luxury item], I first write a book, like this one, and the royalties from the book pay for the liability." I have to admit when I read that particular line I was a little ticked. Yes I know when he writes a book he makes a lot of money and can buy his luxuries however it came off as a shot at his fans. At this point, many people buy his things based on his brand. He mentions that in his book. He formed a great brand that is known to be quality, however this book is a letdown. It does have some good information but a lot of it is a repeat from his other books. This book could have truly either not been written or condensed to under 100 pages. If you never read a Rich Dad book, then you may love it. As for me, I have read better from the Rich Dad collection. This book could have been better if it was not rushed or written just to pay for his new luxury.
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In my opinion this is NOT the best Robert K book. It is full of slight misrepresentations, fallacious political opinions and etc. I don't care to hear or read about that stuff. My knowledge of Economics sees things differently than Mr. Robert K. Don't scare me about issues,and then ask me to pay $10k for a seminar to hear the same "opinions". It is good that he is trying to educate people how money works; but he does not have to do this to sell books. His principles can stand up against time. He has done a lot of positive things also.
If I were new to Robert K, start with "Rich Dad/Poor Dad","Cash Flow Quadrant" and "Rich Dad's Guide to Investing". These books are the foundation of the philosophy, and they stand the test of time. The first three books focus MORE on true paradigm shifting and changing from being a consumer to business owner/investor versus providing fallacious verbose. Some of the books written after these just validate the original principles from these 1st three books. Save your money and buy the 1st three and read them OVER AND OVER. Then buy the games Cashflow 101 and 202; play the games over and over again. You will get more out of that than buying this book. In my opinion after reading those first three books, you will raise your financial IQ, then you must take action to increase it even higher.
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