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Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message Hardcover – October 9, 2006

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Get a behind-the-scenes peek at Why We Want You to Be Rich in this video interview with Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. They pair talk about their very different backgrounds, their mutual admiration for one another,and how they came up with the idea to write Why We Want You to Be Rich together.

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The wildly financially successful authors of this book state, early on, that a reader will not find in its pages specific advice on how to make or invest money. It's more a book of philosophy (note the "why" in the title), and if it's not exactly Kierkegaardian in scope or language, this collaboration of real estate magnate and rags-to-riches financial guru manages to entertain and to inform. Written in bite-size chunks and adorned with quotes (some from the authors' previous works or speeches) and graphs, it explains why some people get rich and others... well, don't. Some tales are shopworn: the many references to Warren Buffett are tales well told, for example, but what works best are the aphorisms and the personality type descriptions within the "CASHFLOW Quadrant"—no matter what you do for a living, in your heart are you an E, an S, a B or an I? (Key: E=employee; B=big business owner; S=self-employed, specialist or small business owner; I=investor.) But Trump and Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) together are a strangely winning combination (they've published this book jointly and privately—and a portion of its profits will be donated to charity). Bottom line: these Messrs. Money-bags know their business. We're talking billionaires here, and really, how can you argue with success? (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Rich Press; First Edition edition (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933914025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933914022
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bert R. Charan on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Robert and Donald finally collaborate their rich minds and produce the quintessential end all and be all book of how to become rich. Unfortunately, it seems the Trumpster spent very little time investing in this latest work. Spouting off the typical nuanced cliches, you can be rich, you must love what you do, bla bla bla. I hate to be a cynic, I love Trump, but like most of his previous works it is unsubstantive and provide no roadmaps to actual wealth. Kiyosaki provides more intimate knowledge on the elusive roadmap, buttressing this with charts and life experiences of triumph and failure. This book proves more ra ra cheerleading than actual substance on becoming wealthy. They lambast poor victims of an increasingly entitled generation and the perils of an inevitably bankrupt social welfare treasury. Trump had even the gall to express his pity on the thousands of schmucks who had paid good hard money at the Chicago annex to just sit there for and listen to him ramble on how to become like him. From someone who read most Kiyosaki books, you will find more useful info in some of the other less popular books when he writes on specific components of how he made his money. For the price it might be worth it, but isnt designed to be that book to make you rich. Instead, they discuss more of the WHY you should be rich rather than the how.
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Format: Hardcover
In my lifetime, I have absorbed the content of something in excess of 5,000 books. In my business as a money manager, I spend a great deal of time just taking in information, and then determining where is the investment play here. Most people are scattered, and are merely the recipients of information overload, which is shaping up to be the primary problem of our age. There's just too much NOISE out there. We have the unequalled ability in our time to constantly humor ourselves with television, iPods, mobile devices of all kinds including cell phones, and streaming, and then there's the Internet.

The result is a clear LACK OF TIME TO THINK. We suffer from an inability to find the time to sit back and integrate what we know. After reading, "WHY we want YOU to be RICH", I came away feeling cheated, and cheated on more than one level.

Donald Trump is a man to be admired, and so is Kiyosaki, but what is portrayed in the book is not the REAL DEAL that can be studied in either man's life history. Instead, we are given image and branding. Kiyosaki, as an example is not a man who took his father's advice and then proceeded to become a rich man. He's a man who wrote about how to become rich, and became rich from the books he published about the process. He was never engulfed in the process himself, and thus when he writes about the process, it is not authentic.

Both men have enjoyed REMARKABLE runs in the business world. Trump has continued his father's legendary real estate career. Fred Trump created a $400 million real estate empire, which would be worth at least $2 billion in today's money.
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I have read all of Kiyosaki's books and there are several that are outstanding. I like Trump's earlier books better. However, this book was just terrible if you have read anything by either of the two. It is really a disappointment for the the two of them to collaborate on this one. It appears they took excerpts from their other books and used cliches all over the place. It was poorly written, offered little new advice or foresight, and was a major disappointment. They spent too much time just talking about how they decided to write the book...Save your money for retirement and buy an earlier book of either of the two.
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I am really struggling to finish this book. It basically says the same thing every chapter...that they want you to be rich. The problem is there is no substance at all. I bought this book because I love both authors, especially Trump, but had I known what I know now, I wouldn't have let this love for Trump be the main reason to buy this book. It's not even worth it to just have in the library to say you have it. If you really want it, buy it used. It shouldn't cost more than a buck soon, if it's not already that low.

I didn't buy this book because I thought these guys would actually have some magic formula that if I read would make me become rich. I hope nobody is this naive. But, at least give me something I can actually use and think about. Well...don't hold your breath because it's not in here.

Meanwhile...bring on The Apprentice!
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I am a big fan of the Donald. Read almost all his good books. I have also read tons of rich dad poor dad books. Having read all those books and knowing the authors extensively, this book shouldn't have been written by them because there isn't a single fact that's not talked about in other books. It's a disaster. Effort level from both of them are so low, I suspect 40% of the book is a cut and paste job, especially Robert's half. If you expect this book to reach the level of the Art of the Deal and the Art of the Comeback, think again.
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