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Publisher's Summary

The first American book on personal finance, The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to Poor Richard's Almanack, this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving, money and debt. As the 21st century charges along, and the current economic climate continues to send out mixed messages, Franklin's simple but wise commentary on the value of industry and frugality resonates as much for us today as it did for listeners nearly 350 years ago. Here is a sample:

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
"If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting."
"If you would have your business done, go; if not, send."
"Think what you do when you run into debt; you give to another power over your liberty."
"Creditors have better memories than debtors."
Although older than the United States itself, The Way to Wealth is still very popular. It is handed out by major companies and financial institutions to friends, clients, and customers, and was the January 2004 selection of The Washington Post's Color of Money Book Club.
As Michelle Singletary, director of the club, wrote in a column about the book, "At just 30 pages, this pocket¿size book takes less than an hour to read but will give you a lifetime of financial wisdom - that is, if you're wise enough to follow the advice".
(P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
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By Diana on 12-20-12

Interesting!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sort of weird. This is a version of Poor Richard. I had not realize it. It was not what I thought it was. A little out dated.

Was The Way to Wealth worth the listening time?

Not so much

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By Karen on 12-09-16

Great advice from the Wise Olde Scholar Himself

A simple bit of a story, told in plain Olde English, stuffed with good old fashioned common sense! Bears repeating and sharing, especially with the youngsters in your life! Hail Poor Richard!

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