The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

by George S. Clason


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ISBN-13: 9780452267251
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 82,771
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 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.
heathweaver on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is one of the best books of all time about finance. Follow the simple rules in this book and you will be wealthy.
adamallen on LibraryThing 3 months ago
According to Wikipedia, The Richest Man in Babylon began in 1926 as a series of informational pamphlets. Due to their popularity, Mr. Clason compiled the most popular of these pamplets into the book that exists today.I selected The Richest Man in Babylon as an audiobook because it's one of those classics that I'd just never gotten around to reading. As described in the previous paragraph, the book is a series of vignets about good, conservative money management. Among other things, the tales highlight the importance of: saving at least 10% of your money, choosing a conservative way to (invest) make your money grow, paying your debts, being entrepreneurial, working hard, and asking for financial guidance. This interesting thing about this book is that many others have taken one topic of the book and expanded it into a stand alone work - or even a series of works. So many examples come to mind...Your Money or Your Life, the Dave Ramsey books (The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace, etc.), the David Bach books (The Automatic Millionaire, etc.), the Suze Orman books, etc., etc.While I found the book to be great foundational information, it's certainly dated with it's "where art", "thou", "makest", etc. language. This is intentional since it's conversation between men of Babylon. That's not really a problem so much as personal preference. There are several well written books that emphasize many of the same concepts in a more modern tone (which for me, makes it more readable). I would suggest Your Money or Your Life or The Total Money Makeover. This book provides a very high level overview (but lacks in some details) of what must be done if you want to build wealth over the long term. It's also one of the original books on that topic. For those reasons, I gave it 3.5 stars. It is a good book and I would recommend it to others.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great read and Sound Advice to anyone who is working for a living
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all. Simple words , but very meaningful. Great book for starting up or those who need to be reminded although you may be aware of the facts of acquiring gold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple read that is kindly worded to be enjoyable nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! Very insightful and inspirational!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Opened my eyes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fundamental financially knowledge is im this book. It is a must read if you want to know how to get your finances in top shape with the most basic principles.
Manas More than 1 year ago
This book is not just about money. It's about how we are taught to think; how we are programmed by schools, family, and friends to look at the rich as greedy no good bloodsuckers and opportunities as risks. It is an attempt to reprogram minds to look at why we do what we do.. why do we buy all these shoes, clothes, cars, jewelry.. have we earned it or are we just trying to maintain an image? To me the most important thing it teaches is that being educated is the key.. educated in our motives, in money, in the world around us... educated does not always mean a degree lessons can be learned anywhere at anytime. My Review: Check Here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because the book was great but not perfect. The book teaches the reader how to advance financially and how to be thoughtful. Reading this book only helps one I don't see a reason why a reader would not read this. The stories provided in the novel are thoughtful, unique and interesting. -GBECON