The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason provides financial advice through a collection of parables. George S Clason is best known for writing a series of informational pamphlets about being thrifty and how to achieve financial success. He started writing the pamphlets in 1926, using parables that were set in ancient Babylon. Banks and insurance companies began to distribute the parables and the most famous ones were compiled into the book The Richest Man in Babylon. It is this book which has etched the name of George S Clason into the history books and has provided generations of readers not just an inspirational classic for reading pleasure but sound practical principles of financial discipline. This is the most famous of his treasured works. The Richest Man in Babylon is a chapter sketch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419349997
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 45 min.
Pages: 4
Sales rank: 187,265
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Clason's company the Clason Map Company, was the first to publish a road atlas of the United States and Canada. Later in 1926, in published a series of informational pamphlets about being thrifty and how to achieve financial success. Banks and insurance companies distributed the pamphlets free to their customers since the pamphlets used easy to understand parables. The pamphlets were later compiled into the book "The Richest Man in Babylon."

Table of Contents

The Richest Man in Babylon Foreword
The Man Who Desired Gold
The Richest Man in Babylon
Seven Cures for a Lean Purse
Meet the Goddess of Good Luck
The Five Laws of Gold
The Gold Lender of Babylon
The Walls of Babylon
The Camel Trader of Babylon
The Clay Tablets from Babylon
The Luckiest Man in Babylon
An Historical Sketch of Babylon

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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

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The Richest Man in Babylon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
JoeYu_MAN More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I did not think that it had the potential to help me in my life at all. The book itself is written in a way that illustrates all the problems that people have financially today through the people of ancient Babylon. It took me a month to read the entire book, and upon finishing the book I had made $52.65 from the advice the book gave me. The greatest thing about the book is that it does not recommend doing anything that an average man could not do. Every piece of advice can be embraced by just about anybody, and I feel as if most people would be pleasantly surprised by the knowledge the book has in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a very quick read, and worth it. My husband and I are trying to get a good grip on our finances before we buy a house and this provided some motivation to do so. It's a little hard to get use to the old language of the book, but after a while, I didn't even notice it anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a Godsend. I never really had any training on how to manage my money and that's ok. However, books like this have been written and it is good for anyone regardless of where they are at financially. The format is told as a story which makes it easy to understand. The main principle of the book is to save 10% of your income, 20% on debts and the other 70% on family. This book is not very expensive and it really old but still very very relevant. In my lifetime, I will be reading this book every year until the principles become part of my subconscious. There are many other good financial books out there but this one is among the best of the best. When my son hits age 14 (god willing) I will give him this book to read and sit down and have a really good talk about money to supplement his knowledge. I can't say enough good things about this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i've read so far! It helped me see that spending my check on clothes wasnt gonna take me anywhere. It gives very wise advice. It was very easy to read and recommend it. Mr J!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book as a young man many years ago, and found it life-altering. Since then, I make it a point to re-read it every year. The fundamental, insightful concepts discussed in this book provide the foundation for a successful life. The entertaining parables describing the trials, tribulations and eventual successes of the many characters outline clear, concise and consistent methods to achieve financial independence. Couple this book with Thomas J. Stanley's "The Millionaire Next Door," and you have the tools necessary to attain financial independence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recomended, for all ages (especially for young adults)!!!
RCCJR More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that I've read in quite a while. The principals that were espoused were great life lessons. I felt at many intervals that I was reading a book that I had written and talked about with my children years before. The writing style was good and the applicable stories and characters were very realistic. The points talked about were easy to remember because of the related stories and associated characters. They life lessons learned from this book will serve one well as he/she progresses through life's situations.
jcast119 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a lesson on personal finances, this is the book you have to read. It is an easy read, easily comprehendable, and an effective tool you need in your arsenal for managing your finances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest i dont really read for personal interest. I only read this book fopr my econ class, but it actually turned out to be better than expected. It gives knowledge on handling money wisely with different stories. it deserves to be recognized as a book with values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perfect for that older teenager or college student in your life. I wish I would have read this 15 years ago when leaving college, it is financially sound and gives basic training (using short stories) about how to save and take care of yourself in the long run. It is a great basis before moving into other financial planning books. I plan on re-reading this book later just to refresh myself on it's good fiscal principles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The richest man in Babylon is a great economics book. Even though it was written in 1926, it still gives great money advice.If you want to know how to save your money and keep your money coming this book is definitely for you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for everyone, but especially for teenagers. As a teenager, I feel very confident about my future in terms of income and finances.
carolin-Takawy More than 1 year ago
This book is really amazing and gives great tips to everyone who wants to know how to manage their finances and expenses. Although this book was written many years ago, it is still really practical and beneficial especially for teens and young adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The practical ways to use this information was very helpful to me. A lot of the material I already knew in my head, but was not practicing. This book brings everything into perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an entertaining story that teaches one of the most basic economic truths--pay yourself first, and motivates you to do that. Nothing is more important.
Amanda Harris 3 months ago
A book everyone should read.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not bad
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Very important read.
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markdeo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5 Stars. Inspiring. An excellent quick read about business thinking and money management. Really basic powerful principles. This book provides so much wisdom. I highly recommend.
Lilac_Lily01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just because something is old, doesn't automatically mean that it is outdated. A good example for this is "The Richest Man in Babylon". The original version was written in the 1920's yet its financial advice is as current as it was back then. I enjoyed listening to these ancient tales while noting all the important money lessons. Especially now that we are faced with a weak economy it is important to remind ourselves of some of these basic rules when it comes to handling money and building wealth. For example: Pay yourself first. Live on less than you make. Live on a budget. Invest your money. Diversify. And don't go into debt. I believe that these rules will always hold true no matter how advanced our society becomes. This book is definitely a good way to refresh some of our financial common sense. Short and straight to the point.
sabs83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book used a fable format to impart financial advice. It was a good way to get you to think about your finances from another point of view.
buildingabookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I know this book is considered a classic, I didn't find it very helpful. There was nothing in it that is new to me. For someone who is just learning to manage their money, it might be a helpful book.
HVFCentral on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, considered a "classic" by professional networkers, home-based business owners, self-help aficionados, and Network Marketers, comes close to living up to its potential.Written in the 1920s, it has some dated aspects which make it somewhat distracting in today's politically-correct culture. Yet, the narrative, which reads like a translation of an ancient text, actually helps set it apart from all the other books out there, dealing with personal finance.The question is, how does one become wealthy?And we get basically the same answer that any reputable book will provide: save some money (they use the requisite 10 percent here), and spend less than you make. But there are a couple emphases placed in this book, in which it does add some real value:First - there are only three real major pieces of advice found throughout the book. Each of the three are sliced and diced in many different ways. But I like the simplicity of having only three major points.The first is found everywhere else: save some money, and spend less than you earn. And the classic ten percent is recommended.The next two, of the three, are different:1) Increase your earning potential.2) Pay back your debts.I found the third to be the most instructive, and even convicting. The person that pays back debts in a timely way, may still need to ask for loans - but if you are good about attempting to pay them back, it will be easier to obtain money in the future. And personal loans from friends and family are always to be preferred over institutional loans.So - this book is not all it is cracked up to be, but good nevertheless. You can read it in a day, and should.Now - here's to paying back all my debts, first, and quickly!