When I read a non-fiction book, I expect two things for it to be good:the first is useful or interesting information on a topic or a person and the other thing is an interesting narrative or style of delivering the information to the reader.
While the information can be similar, more often than not, we are exposed to the same information through different media but sometimes the information clicks (or sticks with us) and sometimes it does not. Thus, the second factor which is the writing style becomes a deciding factor. George Clason’s book succeeds by acing the two factors.
The Richest Man in Babylon teaches simple personal finance rules in the form of lessons in different stories having different characters. For instance in one of the stories, Arkad, the richest man in the city, teaches us about the 7 cures to a lean purse that can help us “fatten our purses”. These principles are simple: set aside at least ten percent of your earning and invest it wisely to create a passive income stream, don’t buy things you do not need, ask an expert when you are about to start a business or entrusting someone else with your money, buy a house early on so that you don’t have to pay a huge amount of rent over a long period, and most importantly increase your ability to earn (or in other words invest in yourself).
Learning these simple time tested principles from ancient people is different from reading about them in an article. You will feel as if you are in Babylon yourself, such is the mastery with which the author paints the city of Babylon in all of its glory, in the company of merchants who travel hundreds of miles between cities trading valuable items and making a decent living.
The book is short-114 pages long and made up of 11 short stories. It will make a great read for adults and kids alike. I strongly recommend this book.