Indispensable wisdom from a financial phenom and his team.




Entrepreneurial counsel from the celebrated “Rich Dad Advisors.”

Kiyosaki (Wisdom from Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens, 2016, etc.) turned his bestselling 1997 book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, into an international brand. Twenty years after its publication, the book has spawned updates, countless variations, and an entire team of advisers who are prominently featured in this book, which is a treasure trove for entrepreneurs. The author introduces his team and a concept called “the 8 Integrities of a Business” (anchored by the concepts of “Team,” “Leadership,” and “Mission”) in a burgeoning work that’s as much a clever sampler of the Rich Dad Advisors books as it is a pep talk for budding business owners. Part 1 pitches the importance of building a team and nicely sets up the book’s objective and novel structure. Part 2 is an ingeniously woven collection of biographical sketches of the 10 team members, accompanied by essays penned by each as well as chapter excerpts from their books. (Every team member has written at least one book under the Rich Dad Advisors imprimatur; they include real estate entrepreneur Ken McElroy and Corporate Direct owner Garret Sutton.) The essays, covering such crucial topics as branding, cash flow, investing in assets, and raising capital, support Part 3. This final section offers an engaging chart that represents the combination of the “8 Integrities” followed by a succinct explanation of the role of each element. This work provides publicity for Kiyosaki’s team and, not incidentally, promotes their individual book titles. Still, the coy sales proposition doesn’t diminish the value of the book’s content; on the contrary, the sound counsel, doled out in little nuggets, is akin to a whirlwind consulting session. Highly motivated entrepreneurs with short attention spans will be able to easily sample the carefully curated topics and see how they all fit together at the end. They’re sure to internalize Kiyosaki’s fundamental message: “My team is much more important than money, because without them, I probably would not have any money.”

Indispensable wisdom from a financial phenom and his team.

Pub Date: May 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-937832-87-2

Page Count: 448

Publisher: RDA Press, LLC.

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2017

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Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our...


A psychologist and Nobel Prize winner summarizes and synthesizes the recent decades of research on intuition and systematic thinking.

The author of several scholarly texts, Kahneman (Emeritus Psychology and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.) now offers general readers not just the findings of psychological research but also a better understanding of how research questions arise and how scholars systematically frame and answer them. He begins with the distinction between System 1 and System 2 mental operations, the former referring to quick, automatic thought, the latter to more effortful, overt thinking. We rely heavily, writes, on System 1, resorting to the higher-energy System 2 only when we need or want to. Kahneman continually refers to System 2 as “lazy”: We don’t want to think rigorously about something. The author then explores the nuances of our two-system minds, showing how they perform in various situations. Psychological experiments have repeatedly revealed that our intuitions are generally wrong, that our assessments are based on biases and that our System 1 hates doubt and despises ambiguity. Kahneman largely avoids jargon; when he does use some (“heuristics,” for example), he argues that such terms really ought to join our everyday vocabulary. He reviews many fundamental concepts in psychology and statistics (regression to the mean, the narrative fallacy, the optimistic bias), showing how they relate to his overall concerns about how we think and why we make the decisions that we do. Some of the later chapters (dealing with risk-taking and statistics and probabilities) are denser than others (some readers may resent such demands on System 2!), but the passages that deal with the economic and political implications of the research are gripping.

Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-374-27563-1

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Sept. 4, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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A deftly argued case for a new kind of socialism that, while sure to inspire controversy, bears widespread discussion.


A massive investigation of economic history in the service of proposing a political order to overcome inequality.

Readers who like their political manifestoes in manageable sizes, à la Common Sense or The Communist Manifesto, may be overwhelmed by the latest from famed French economist Piketty (Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century: Inequality and Redistribution, 1901-1998, 2014, etc.), but it’s a significant work. The author interrogates the principal forms of economic organization over time, from slavery to “non-European trifunctional societies,” Chinese-style communism, and “hypercapitalist” orders, in order to examine relative levels of inequality and its evolution. Each system is founded on an ideology, and “every ideology, no matter how extreme it may seem in its defense of inequality, expresses a certain idea of social justice.” In the present era, at least in the U.S., that idea of social justice would seem to be only that the big ones eat the little ones, the principal justification being that the wealthiest people became rich because they are “the most enterprising, deserving, and useful.” In fact, as Piketty demonstrates, there’s more to inequality than the mere “size of the income gap.” Contrary to hypercapitalist ideology and its defenders, the playing field is not level, the market is not self-regulating, and access is not evenly distributed. Against this, Piketty arrives at a proposed system that, among other things, would redistribute wealth across societies by heavy taxation, especially of inheritances, to create a “participatory socialism” in which power is widely shared and trade across nations is truly free. The word “socialism,” he allows, is a kind of Pandora’s box that can scare people off—and, he further acknowledges, “the Russian and Czech oligarchs who buy athletic teams and newspapers may not be the most savory characters, but the Soviet system was a nightmare and had to go.” Yet so, too, writes the author, is a capitalism that rewards so few at the expense of so many.

A deftly argued case for a new kind of socialism that, while sure to inspire controversy, bears widespread discussion.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-674-98082-2

Page Count: 976

Publisher: Belknap/Harvard Univ.

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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