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Book Review: The Way To Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

Book Review: The Way To Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

My father once said to me “One of the interesting things about getting older is realizing that the clichés, prejudices, and popular wisdoms that we rejected as young, educated, independent thinkers turn out, in the end, to be true.” I love this idea, in part, for its double-contrarianism. The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin [&hellip

Book Review: The Money Mentor by Tad Crawford

Book Review: The Money Mentor by Tad Crawford

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Personal Finance

I expected to hate The Money Mentor: A Tale of Financial Freedom by Tad Crawford.  Crawford wrote this modern-day fable aimed most at people who struggle with high-interest debt.  The Money Mentor is a modern-day version of George Clason’s The Richest Man in Babylon. We meet the narrator/protagonist Iris, a 20-something wannabe dancer in the [&hellip

Book Review: I.O.U. by John Lanchester

Book Review: I.O.U. by John Lanchester

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

In reading and reviewing John Lanchester’s I.O.U. – Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay I continue my quest for the best contemporary histories of the 2008 Crisis. One reason to study and understand a crisis like 2008 is to avoid repeating it.  George Santayana’s pithy justification for historical review – “those who [&hellip

Book Review: The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason

Book Review: The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Personal Finance

My taxi driver to the airport – upon hearing I was a ‘finance guy’ – told me all about The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason, a book which changed his life.  From this one book, my driver told me, he had built his life plan for savings, investments, and wealth creation. I [&hellip

Book Review: Capital by John Lanchester

Book Review: Capital by John Lanchester

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’ve been searching in the past few years for the best book to explain the 2008 Crisis, but I have yet to find it. John Lanchester’s novel Capital presents the 2007 and 2008 pre-conditions for the crisis in London – soaring real estate values, extraordinary inequality, random good and bad fortune, injustice, and fundamental cultural [&hellip