The Richest Man in Babylon

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The book The Richest Man in Babylon addresses the fundamentals of money and wealth, in a very simple, very accessible story format.

It teaches you the absolutely essential principle to making, and more importantly, keeping money. It's a simple, easy read and will teach you principles that, if applied, will make a huge impact in your financial life.

The Richest Man in Babylon first appeared on the scene in 1926 as a series of informational pamphlets on basic financial management. By 1927, several of these pamphlets had been compiled into a book and this collection has been in print ever since.

In short, The Richest Man in Babylon is a series of financial parables. These stories are set in ancient Babylon and relate the story of a Babylonian regular guy who used some basic financial sense and built up a great deal of wealth.

What’s so great about that, you ask? The stories are laid out like Aesop’s fables: each story has a concrete point or two that becomes apparent from reading and digesting the message. These points are basic tenets of how to get ahead financially in any time, not just in Babylonian times or in the 1920s.

This book is perfect if you learn by reading the experiences of others. The entire book is told in a story-like format, so it often goes down much like reading a collection of short stories. The language is a bit strange, as the author attempts to sound like this is an authentic tale from the ancient days, but the messages are as clear as sunlight.

For more information, see the wikipedia article and the review at The Simple Dollar.

Parts of this article are based on public domain texts from The Simple Dollar.