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Book Review: Rich as a King

Today I’m going to share with you yet another great personal finance book find.  The title: Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing

When I was asked to review this book, I was a little hesitant at first.  I’ve  never played chess, and I’m not all that knowledgeable on investing.  Thanks to my many blogging cohorts who are so willing to share their investment advice, I’ve learned a thing or two, but I’m not a pro by any stretch of the imagination.  Because of this, I was hesitant that I’d find the book readable for someone like me.

To my surprise, Rich as a King happily taught me many things about chess and about money in a way that even a novice can understand.  Some of the beginning stuff in the book regarding investing was a little too complicated for a beginner like me, but it is written in a way that even a beginner can learn from, and would definitely be beneficial for anyone who has an interest in or already is knowledgeable in the area of investing.  It was Chapter 9, however, in which the value of the book really kicked in for the novice money manager such as myself. The wise and valuable advice in the chapter, entitled 64 Strategies to Make You Rich as a King was full of simple, concrete steps to financial freedom that can help anyone, in any situation, become wealthier than they are today.   Even though this chapter was the last chapter of the book, the advice in this chapter alone makes the purchase well worth the purchase price.

If you’re looking to achieve financial freedom, retire early, or simply get a better hold on your finances, Rich As A King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing will teach you the strategies you need to know, and the reasons behind the strategies, in order to make you rich as a king.  I’d highly recommend making this entertaining and valuable book part of your personal finance book library.



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  1. Nicola says:

    Sounds like a good book and looks at investing which I’m trying to learn more about. Thanks for sharing this, and your thoughts on the book 🙂

  2. kay ~ lifestylevoices.com says:

    I do play chess on occasion. This should be fun ~ comparing it with investing! Jay is really eating up this kind of knowledge lately. Thanks for sharing, Laurie! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the review, Laurie. One of the fun parts of “Rich As A King” that readers really like is the videos. If the Frugal Farmer fans want to see a sample 2 minute video, they can view it for free by signing up for the list on the right side of Susan Polgar’s blog, http://www.chessdailynews.com. There’s a form there that says, “Double Your Power on the Chess Board.”
    Thanks again, Laurie. Keep up the great work. I especially liked your recent piece, “What Working in a Bank Taught Me About Money.” Everyone should read it.
    Strategically yours,
    Doug Goldstein

  4. MMD says:

    This post comes at a good time. I was looking for a good new money book to get for Christmas. I’ll have to check this one out.

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