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Best known as the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad - the bestselling personal finance book of all time - Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Plata Publishing (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612680100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612680101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,152 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 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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111 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Bernard on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of my most favorite sayings is "you are getting what you are getting, because you are doing what you are doing"

Just a quick thank you to Robert for his latest work. I find it inspiring. Of course, I would, because I have been a student of Roberts since 2008. I have attended 5 or 6 of his workshops in Scottsdale, and read most all of his books, over those years. Today I am a free man(at 57, not a spring chicken), with a free family. When I first became engaged in the Rich Dad philosophy, I was buried in debt, some good, but mostly bad, and had no idea how I would ever be able to retire, but today with Rich Dad and Roberts help, I am happy to report that I now have about 10 times more debt - but it is all good debt. What makes it good debt, is it all pays for itself(cash flow deals and businesses), and it pays me and my family too. 16 projects and counting. Who knows what 2011 will bring, but we have already surpassed what we accomplished in 2010 - and 2010 was a fantastic year, and it is only APRIL! Thanks Robert and the whole Rich Dad company. I can never repay you, but I can pass it on.

To those that cannot bring themselves to accept these teachings, or reject them as "won't work for me", or "B.S." or whatever, I am going to pass on to you the most important thing you will ever hear - and I learned it from a lifetime of learning. It goes something like this: "if you think it won't work for you, or if you think it will, you are right!(author unknown to me - but this theory is proven every day by me, and you, and everyone else)(by the way this also applies to everything in life - another incredibly liberating truth not taught in schools)

Embrace life, and learning, and growth.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Marevan on April 7, 2011
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I've read most of Robert Kiyosaki's books. One by one, they connect the dots to help me understand what financial literacy really means to me on an individual level. What this book includes that others do not is the Unfair Advantage of Compensation, in particular, leveraging the power of compounding learning. For those of us who beat ourselves up as "late bloomers", this is a revelation!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Hagarty on May 23, 2011
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I agree with the low star reviewers that say there is not much new here. I am a huge Robert Kiyosaki fan but I can not rate this book above 3 stars.

I have read the entire Rich Dad series and while there is value in repetition some of his books are head and shoulders above the rest while others have a "time for another book" feel to them. This book is in the 2nd category.

Kiyosaki has a way of writing that really does suck you in and makes for an enjoyable read on what could easily be very dry and boring subjects. He opens this book with a metaphor about hunting monkeys who cant let go of fruits and nuts. The comparison is to people (employees) who can not let go of the old world and now out of date ideas that we have all grown up with.

Without a doubt this is important information to read, know, and understand.

My feeling is the value of this book is in the repetition.

If you are a Rich Dad fan and have read Rich Dad Poor Dad, Cashflow Quadrant, and Conspiracy of the Rich, you can safely skip this one.

If you are new to Rich Dad and have not read the earlier works you might get more value.

At the Rich Dad Forum a couple of years ago Kim Kiyosaki revealed that Rich Dad Poor Dad was originally meant to be a pamphlet to promote the Cashflow 101 board games. Many of the earlier books emphasize the importance of getting and playing the Cashflow 101 game.

In this book Robert seems more interested in promoting the Rich Dad Education classes and Coaching programs than in really offering any new information.

On the other hand, for $10 and the couple of hours it takes to read this book you will be reminded of the core Rich Dad philosophy.

So, I give Unfair Advantage a mixed review.

Again, this will have more value to you if you are a Rich Dad newbie. Veterans can safely skip it or borrow a copy.

Best of luck in Escaping the Rat Race!
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Knight on May 1, 2011
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"The plantation system is alive and well, even in the information age"
Robert T. Kirosaki Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education.

I have been a fan of Robert Kiyosaki since I read his book Rich Dad / Poor Dad in 2008. I was late coming to the party; I'd not known how the monetary system worked until after the crash. I was looking for answers and read over a hundred books from the "Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith to Jim Cramers "Real Money". A friend told me about Rich Dad and I got a copy. It was different, but like many new treatments you have to expend effort to get the full effect of the "medicine". It changed the way I look a wealth, business and the world. I have read several of his other books to boot.

I was fortunate not to have lost anything in the markets as I had cashed out to speculate in flipping houses. I was also fortunate to have sold my flip house two weeks before the housing market melted down. I saw it coming and didn't try to get what the house appraised, but made a nice profit anyway. I was lucky.

I was lucky because I didn't know what I was doing. I was being tossed on waves of media hype and misinformation, being led down the primrose path to financial Armageddon. Many of the books I had read on real estate and investing were cookie cutter manuals designed to provide training a particular field of investing. Buy duplexes or trailer parks or sell options out of the money, it was useful information, but didn't really have a vision. Most were expressly designed with "safety" in mind or "low risk". Just follow the examples above and all of you dream will come true. I will quote the famous investor Jessie Livermore ... "NOT".

Rich Dad's books do not offer such ideas or advice.
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