Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Book Review: The Richest Man In Babylon

Book Review: The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason

I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it was great. First it's written in a witty "King James English" sort of prose. Secondly the book is a collection of stories - each can be read independent of each other and yet all connect with each other as well. Thirdly, the last story is the best one (in my humble opinion). I have heard this book referred to many times as the "classic" on financial wisdom and now I can see why. I can see how the author of The Wealthy Barber and other similar books borrowed liberally from Clason's work. I may even integrate the book into my premarital counselling as the financial stories are so wise and so well put.

The author is a genius. Apparently the book was made from a collection of tracts that banks used to have - little tracts that would tell people how to be wise with their money (not so anymore, eh?). Clason manages to entertain, to put it in a style that engages (the story), and a language that seems authoritative (old English) for a truly excellent literary experience. If your finances aren't doing well, this book might be the trick to turning it around. I give it 4.9 ninja stars out of 5.


Michele said...

Hey Mark,

I just read a little book that I think you'd like. It's called "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom. It's about a man who is asked by his Rabbi to write the Rabbi's eulogy and the things he learns along the way. It has some surprises in it and while it's a fairly quick read, it has a lot of thought provoking dialogue. I found it in the book bin at Safeway. If you decide to read it, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

Mark said...

Hey Michele, thanks for the tip, I'll put it on my list of books to read!