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Rich Dad Poor Dad (What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!) Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: First Borders Edition 2009 (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0446568813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446568814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,414 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is very well written and easy to read and understand.
Monty Rainey
It is a really good book for those who want to know the secret to being rich, but don't want to read a boring book that just tells you what to do with your money.
Sheridan
He also discusses some great points on how you should invest your money in income producing assets like rental real estate, stocks, businesses, etc.
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545 of 561 people found the following review helpful By Hinkle Goldfarb on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
When he isn't engaged in his nearly incessant showboating, Kiyosaki actually gets down to some practical, all be it general, guidance on how to think about money:

* Probably the greatest insight is how to think about assets and liabilities. A million accountants scream in anguish, but a primary residence, with a large mortgage, high taxes and high fixed costs to top it off, is not an "asset" for Kiyosaki because it doesn't produce a positive cash flow. Instead, he lists several items, such as rental property, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, business partnerships with limited involvement, promissory notes and royalties (p. 89), that generate money and should be invested in.

* Don't get into large debt positions for non-necessities. Buy your luxury items for cash (p. 176). This is part of any sound financial planning and is taken to its logical endpoint by the authors of "The Millionaire Next Door."

* Watch out for the tax effect of your sales of real estate. In this sense, the book is out of date, since the tax laws were changed in the late 90s to permit up to $250,000 in capital gains ($500,000 for married couples) from the sale of a primary residence be exempt from federal tax, under certain circumstances. No longer must you rely on the 1031 "trading up" provision he describes, at least not exclusively.

* Fear can be utilized as a great motivator to act, as opposed to fear causing you to be a deer in the headlights of life.

However, before we all run off to leverage real estate to become gentlepeople of leisure, let's try to remember a few things.

* This book is written for one reason: to be earn the author money.
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3,685 of 4,044 people found the following review helpful By "korak@evilemail.com" on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I know this book was a best-seller and has a 4.5 star average on Amazon. This does not make it good, and I will explain why.
First, most people focus on his inspiration and pointing out that you need to save money instead of spending it. To put it bluntly, "Duh." To be more constructive, there are much better books on this subject - for instance, "Your Money or Your Life." It's easy to spout platitudes about why you should save, but Kiyosaki doesn't tell you how.
Second, his real estate advice. Kiyosaki emphasizes making money in real estate, since it seems clear that is how he made his fortune. But he does a terrible job explaining that as well. People have lost fortunes in real estate; Donald Trump went from being a billionaire to losing most of his empire. It isn't easy. Kiyosaki himself says that winners learn from their failures; where are his failures?
Perhaps he should refer people to other books about real estate, but one of the books he recommends was written by a man who had a half-million dollars in tax liens filed against him and declared bankruptcy - all before "Rich Dad" was written. That isn't exactly the kind of advice I was looking for!
Third, experts in the fields he talks about generally agree that his advice is bad. A review by an experienced real estate professional is here: [...] His advice on making money via IPOs is completely wrong; you can't invest that little money so close to the IPO filing for such a large discount. It just isn't done that way.
Fourth, his emphasis on making money. I like money, don't get me wrong. Like most people reading this review, I'd like to be a millionaire. But, I think, there is an underlying current of meanness in Kiyosaki's book.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I spent 15 years working for a department store chain. The company transferred me 27 times after I enrolled in their management trainee program. It took awhile, but I realized that I would never reach my goals or have control in my life as long as I stayed with this company.
During the time I was being transferred, I was able to create many business contacts and fortunately found an opportunity with a network marketing company. I also began to invest in real estate rental properties and accumulated some profitable investments.
After reading Rich Dad Poor Dad a few years ago, I realized that it was time to leave the corporate world and start my own business.
I agree with the concepts in this book. You must have your own business. You must be self reliant. No employer will ever take care of you as well as you will.
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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2004
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According to Kiyosaki, his Rich Dad told him and Kiyosaki told us that we are heading towards a jobless society.Take a look at the unemployment stats that came out last week. Unemployment is down as more and more people are moving away from the job market and entering into self employment by way of home based businesses, network marketing, real estate and other forms of business.Rich Dad knows his stuff and so does Kiyosaki. RTK sure had the right mentor. I suspect that all of those people are causin the unemployment numbers to drop have read Rich Dad Poor Dad.I also recommend Peter Lynch's excellent books (so does Kiyosaki, he recommends them in his book).If you want success, then read books written b successful people i.e. Kiyosaki, Lynch Robert Allen, Charles Givens, Ric Edelman, Dave Bach and some others who are helpng people and sharing their wealth of knowledge.Be wary of self published books written by people with no prior business experience who only write and in some cases, plagerize other authors.
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