An Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education Paperback – 21 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Best known as the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad - the bestselling personal finance book of all time - Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money.
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Firstly, if you aren't a US citizen then avoid this book altogether because much of it is spent talking about the 401(k), not paying tax on real estate investments, and other US tax loopholes. For a UK reader, there is nothing to be gained from this at all.
Most disappointing though is the way in which Robert sneers at anyone who hasn't done what he has. He laughs at the poor, he looks down at the middle class and he pities those who work or are self employed. Much of the books is spent gloating about his 300 condo deal, or his golf course. It reads not as someone trying to educate, but as a self-congratulatory boast. Any traces of humility from previous books has disappeared and it really is a horrible and uncomfortable read from that perspective.
In terms of ideas, there isn't anything new that Rich Dad readers won't have gleaned from previous books. The content is all in the title - if you want an unfair advantage then get some financial education; that's it. The book doesn't give you financial education,just reiterates that you need it.
Overall, a disappointing waste of money.
However, even though the message is spot on, and it really gets across the mindset that people need to become financially free, one issue I have with this book and all his others is the way its written. I would hate to be one of Robert's friends or family, as the way he refers to them sometimes is like they're dumbasses who failed where he succeeded. He talks very arrogantly about how himself and all the rich are so much smarter than all the "monkeys" out there, how it makes him "sick" when people ask him to lunch to "pick his brains" and keeps highlighting it not cool to brag, but writes in a way which does come across like that.
Also, he tries to paint a picture of himself as altruistic, he invests in oil but because he cares about the environment he takes some of those profits and invests in green energy, how much we don't know, but somehow he tries to justify that he's doing it for the good of the planet and not to make lots of money. A lot of the altruistic points he weaves into the book seem a little half hearted, and more for PR, when he spends so much time in the book talking about how much money he plans to make (and I remember in his last book I read he set the goal of becoming a billionaire before he died) - what's more important? Being a billionaire or making the world a better place?Read more ›
I hope Robert can make a new book with some new ideas and thoughts. Listening to the same old over and over again is not fun.
I have a direction now and an aim rather than feeling rudderless.
I come from a very educated family and have reached the pinnacle , but found myself asking 'is that it?'.
Now that answer is not yes...I always knew there was a part of the jigsaw missing....this is it!
I would thoroughly recommend this book and Robert's advice. Thank you once again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. ..... the laws for the rich written by the rich.... if u can't beat them try to join them.. thank you Robert. Excellent book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This man set me on a new road of thinking, wish I had known years earlier.Published 4 months ago by Chewy
I found an answer that I needed in my present circumstance in this book, but I tribute it to God, this answer was "Being a capitalist is about being generous. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RB
So badly written and repetitive it is unbelievably boring to read. There are no doubt some great messages in this book but I'm struggling to read through the patronising... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael L
Very good book. Its an update for the first Roberts book. There are a lot of repeating but because of that you just remember better what is important. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DomCat