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The Richest Man in Babylon Paperback – January 1, 2002
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“What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot if it's George Clason's delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money. This is a great gift for a graduate or anyone who seems baffled by the world of finance and a wonderful, refreshing read for even the most experienced investor.”—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
George Samuel Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7th, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. A successful businessman, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success, using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points. These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being “The Richest Man in Babylon,” the parable from which the present volume takes its title. These “Babylonian parables” have become a modern inspirational classic.
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It's both taller and wider than my current beat up version but the font they used is soooo small that I couldn't bring myself to make a detailed comparison- unlike the cover and back cover which are huge in comparison. They jammed 160 pages into 88 POORLY!!! I've never sent a book back before, but this one must go back!!!
So get the book, but not this version!!!
Richest Man in Babylon is much different. The stories which encapsulate the nuggets are actually very interesting and entertaining. Reading this financially impacting book is both quick and enjoyable. I didn't want to put it down as I was interested to see what truths I would learn but equally as interested in the outcome of our ancient friends from Babylon. I will say that some of the nuggets are repeated throughout the book in the form of different stories. It's as if the author had some really great points on how you need to think about and use your money to gain "gold" (or wealth) and came up with a few stories (and included them in the book) to relay these truths.
If I had understood, practiced and stuck to "Cure #1" "start thy purse to fattening" (which means to retain at least 10% of your esrnings) alone I would be much better off financially than currently. This is merely the beginning and may seem obvious and simple but the book reinforces this point well. And, this is merely the beginning. The power in this book comes from what you do after you follow Cure #1.
I will certainly be giving this book to my kids and will ask them to reread it often as they begin to forge their way financially. It should be mandatory reading in our schools. If you homeschool your kids - make it so!
I should not have chosen this version. The talees in this version are identical to the original text, but one tale is completely absent. There are also rampant spelling errors and typos throughout the book (yes I know that it is written in old English or what have you).
Bottom Line: Get the original. While this version still has some of the same amazing financial advice, it suffers from typos and is missing an entire tale. Do not get this version.
Prosperity is not about greed or money hunger, dicks that just take and never give back, it’s about our ability to live with a level or wealth and success. These are universal laws on prosperity on growing your wealth and very relevant today.
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The book is very concise and easy to follow.