Book of the Week – The Richest Man in Babylon

This is a book everyone should read.  No, seriously.  If you like reading, read this.  If you don’t like reading, find an audiobook.  If you prefer books with pictures, I just found an illustrated version on Amazon.

It’s right up there with my belief that everyone should be required to take a college-level nutrition class.  Everyone should read this book.

Why? you ask.

Well, let me tell you.

I picked this gem up at the library a couple weeks ago.  Something about the title grabbed me.  I skimmed through the blurb on the back and decided it was worth trying to read.  A book about financial success… it would be, I thought, a trifle dull, but still useful.

I found it again last night and picked it up.  Three chapters later, I forced myself to stop so that I could get up with my alarm.  As soon as I could, I finished it this morning.  It was entertaining, thought-provoking, and informative.  It uses simple language, telling stories and explaining details so that a child could understand the principles – but about financial principles.  Not just “live within your means” (which is sound advice, all the same), but specific steps that can be taken to improve your monetary status, wherever you fall – from climbing out of debt to bettering whatever fortune you have.  The principles in this book apply to all money-users.

I thought I was in for a dry read about how to save, budget, and various related minutia.

I was wrong.

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