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The Way to Wealth (Little Books of Wisdom)
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157 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Therefore, you should earn a few pennies and not buy this volume. I say that for the following reasons:

1: The book's size (30 pages) is misleading. Not only is this a pocket sized book, but the words are pretty big. As a result, if this book were written on normal sized pages in a normal sized font, it would likely be less than five pages. I breezed through it in less than 1/2 an hour.

2: As this essay is part of a larger work (Poor Richard's Almanack), paying $9 for the first few pages when you can buy the whole thing for a few dollars more makes no sense.

3: This work is in the public domain. In fact, I ran a search on "way to wealth benjamin franklin" and found the entire text online in a number of places, including Wikipedia and the Department of State's website. And considering the brevity of the work, if this is all you want, you can just print it.

I only recommend buying this book if and only if you have read the essay and you have decided you would like to have this essay on your bookshelf, something I've done with other books.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Benjamin Franklin's words are just as true today as they were 200 years ago. At only 30 pages, this book is full of lessons that seem to have fallen upon deaf ears in today's business world. You will find this volume well worth your time, and will recognize a number of popular sayings that are included therein. Franklin's wit and eloquently simple writing style is as pleasurable to read as it is informative. I highly recommend it.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good. Ben Franklin has a great style. This book is very short, but he gets to the point. Although this bookw as wriiten before the American Revolution, the suggestions are still relevant today. This book is a good little sermon on what to do if you want wealth, dont sleep all day, dont take on debt, etc. I enjoyed it. The cover and binding are very nice too.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
No Harvard MBA would be complete without the wisdom contained within this little book. A captivating story line with principles and nuggets of truth just leaping off of the page. Will it take a week to progress start to finish? No , hardly an hour!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2000
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A great little book, that teaches a lot in a few pages.
Keep it in your Jacket's pocket and read it whenever you have a minute to spare.
A very practical read for especially busy executives; it should take maybe less than a hour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2005
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Timeless wisdom in a quick read.

When my daughter wants to buy yet another (expensive) purse I now just say "You need to read Benjamin Franklin again."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2005
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In "The Way to Wealth," we find a certain amount of self-deprecating sarcasm at the beginning, but the piece without doubt testifies to the genius of Franklin. Simply put, the man was a sage. There can be hardly another writer or politician since him that has invented as many brief and witty sayings that have nestled into regular speech.

To a modern reader, many of the maxims seem terribly cliche, and even corny. Certain words, such as "meal tub" and "supped" make the phrases old fashioned, but his audience was largely rural, thus his references to corn and bushels resonated well with the farmers and fishermen. To Franklin's credit, the simple advice is applicable today. The overall tone and lesson remains very optimistic and rational, an outlook on life that can never be dulled. Reading his work is like listening to someone who is much more sensible than yourself.

His words almost seem to be the Gospel of American values, and particularly the Protestant work-ethic. The level-headedness and constancy of life that he preaches might be said to be the groundwork of the empire, since many generations between his time and ours are still imbued with these sayings and doings.

In reading Franklin, I felt nostalgic for the era of early America. Today our lives are "spent in the getting," now that we've traded "...coffee for spinning and knitting...brewpubs for hewing and splitting."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2007
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You read and consistently practice whats in this book and you will be on your way to wealth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To all desperados out there trying to become perversely rich, but without any effort whatsoever: here is a book that will definately interest you. It certainly should.

Needless to say who Benjamin Franklin was. This book is not interesting because of its author, but because of what it says. There is no fancy get-rich-quickly method in this book. There is no how-to-get-rich-with-no-effort method in this book either. What you will find here is the basic theory of capitalism. Nothing more. If you are dreaming of becoming rich (and who isn't?), then this book will bring back to you some sense of what becoming rich is all about: hard work and a bit of luck. Of course, there are many more factors that you will find in other books, but they all indirectly refer to this oeuvre. When Adam Smith writes about the "invisible hand" (the drive for profit), he does not talk about lazy and naïve people getting rich, he talks about common sense.

This is what you will find here and why you will love this book. Once you start reading through the lines, you will find that he says a lot more than you read on the lines. It will inspire you to more and you will realise that getting rich implies a certain discipline. Enjoy the read!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this several months ago and just got around to listening to it. It is a computer generate voice reading the book! You can't hardly understand it. Save your money. Read the book. This audio is crap!!!
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