017-2019 The Richest Man in Babylon

Title: The Richest Man in Babylon

Author: George S. Clason

Do you remember when you received some money from parent, or grand-parent, and then didn’t know what to do with it? Do you maybe even remember your parent telling you that when you start receiving a salary you should put away 10% as savings?

I admit, I vaguely remember being told this wisdom, and it made sense to me, but not where the 10% came from exactly.

Well, if you’re up to enhance you financial wisdom, not knowledge but wisdom, then this financial basics introductory is exactly for you. You don’t need a degree in finances to follow, because the idea of transferring this wisdom to the reader was to be simple.

The book aims to give every reader the wisdom that was used in the ancient times of Babylon to enhance one’s wealth, and potentially accumulate more. (Exactly what we all want 🙂 )

The book is written in a conversational tone that could be interpreted as the elder teaching the younger a lesson, a lesson to ‘cure the lean purse’.

The book gives the reader seven cures to anyone who wishes to improve their financial position, and also to accumulate wealth on top of that. I on purpose didn’t post the seven cures that are listed in the book, because i strongly feel that in order for one to truly get value from this book one needs to read the wisdom in the context of the book, rather than in a book review here from me.

Rating:

The book is cleverly written in a tone of a conversation between a ‘teacher’ and a ‘student’ and presents the wisdom in a very simple manner. Meaning, the book wishes to ensure the reader understands the lessons are very simple, and can be applied by anyone who wishes to make it part of their life. The wisdom is truly valuable, and deserves the high rating of 5.5/5

016-2019 A little history of the World

Title: A Little History of the World

Author: E. H. Gombrich

I know I haven’t issued any new reviews in since late September, and for that I humbly apologize. But that doesn’t mean I stopped my active reading list. On the contrary, it’s been going on as before, and I have some exciting new reviews, starting with this one.

Just as one can read from the title, it denotes that it presents the reader with a holistic view of our world history as we currently know it.

It starts off with something we call our prehistory, and then goes on and then jumps into the time of when the Egyptians ruled over their empire. Then it goes into the chapter of people that we don’t all necessarily know very much about, namely the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians in the Mesopotamia region. And here we also get introduced to the Jews, and also the early inventors of writing with letters (the Phoenicians).

Then we jump to a people with whom we are slightly more familiar with, the Greeks and the Persians. How the Greeks conquered the Persian Empire, under the leadership of their ruler Alexander the Great. The young king who is revered for not only having been a tremendous ruler at his young reign, but also for what came of his conquests, transfer of knowledge and culture and inventions to other regions of the world.

The next great people we go to are the Romans. Growing their empire from one small village to an enormous stretch of the world, and ruling over that for many centuries to come. With this time period we also get introduced to one of religions’ iconic people, Jesus Christ.

After the Roman Empire started to collapse piece by piece, a period known as the Migrations, the Germans (not the people from Germany today, but Germanic tribes) gradually expanded more and we slowly move towards the Middle Ages. During this time small regions were becoming increasingly ruled by princes, who in turn were the subjects of one king.

Whilst all this was going on, another religious icon arose, the Prophet Muhammed, and the chapter unfolds into how he grew the religion, and with it the Arabic Empire. One significant invention known as the Arabic Numbers (ie. 1, 2, 3, 4, …) was also established through this empire from one of its vassal states.

From here, the wars that were declared and fought were significantly in the name of their own religion, mostly between Christianity and Muslim. One well-known group of people during this period were the Knights Templar, who made Crusades and fought to maintain control over Jerusalem, which was linked with their religion.

During these ages cities were swelling with more people, and guilds for trades took shape and then we gradually moved into a time known commonly as the Renaissance (re-brith), when people were looking back more and more to the historic time called the antiques (Greek culture, etc.). Though, this mainly took place in Florence, Italy.

We even come so far where Columbus made his first trip in search of a new trade route to India in order to find a cheaper alternative to the current expensive trade routes.

Jumping far into the future, we end with Napoleon from France who made France a European giant, and then end with the World War, which by now have ended 100 and +-70 years ago respectively.

Quite a mouthful, but truly, a spectacular account of world history as we know it.

What’s really remarkable is that the book notes that the Austrian author wrote the book in only six weeks.

As a side note, I believe that if schools should decide on a curricular for teaching history, it should start with this book, a holistic view, and then delve deeper into specific topics that you believe should be emphasized for you country’s history. That way, they can have something of everything.

Rating:

The book is well-written, keeps good track of where in history we are currently reading. It explains the most remarkable events that happened in each era, and how it contributed to shape the world to a new place. The book provides the reader with large bits of history, but keeps it at the bare minimum to remain holistic. The book can be picked-up by any lay-person with only some history knowledge, and enrich them with much more. The book gets a well-deserved 6/5.