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8 Overall

9 Applicability

8 Innovation

7 Style


Best-selling author Robert T. Kiyosaki has built an empire of financial advice books, and many of his titles feature the reader-magnet words “Rich Dad.” Writing here with Sharon L. Lechter, Kiyosaki presents his financial management lessons in the form of a literary seesaw: He had two fathers, one poor and one rich, and he goes back and forth between the two. Both set crucial financial examples and gave him good advice, and he works the contrast steadily. getAbstract finds that while the book rambles some while telling its double-Dads stories, Kiyosaki’s fiscal counsel is solid and extremely useful for ordinary people who want to do a better job of managing their money.

About the Author

Robert T. Kiyosaki’s financial advice books include many “Rich Dad” titles as well as other bestsellers, including Retire Young, Retire Rich and Second Chance: For Your Money, Your Life and Our World. Sharon L. Lechter is a consultant and CPA.


Robert T. Kiyosaki’s real dad was educated but poor, and his second dad (his best friend’s father) was self-made and rich. Both taught him life lessons that reflected their individual characters and experience. One was a fearful loser and died owing money. The other was a self-made, bold winner, who left money to charities and to his family when he died. The two men’s diametrically opposite attitudes – loser/winner, small timer/major leaguer, scaredy-cat/big bad wolf – provides the narrative horse that Kiyosaki rides.

In this windy fable, Kiyosaki describes himself at different ages and presents what he claims are word-for-word versions of the initially baffling – then later, profound – teaching moments both fathers provided. The rich dad talks in riddles and disguises his true intent. The young Kiyosaki finds this confusing until – after he makes mistakes that lead him to his true course – a blinding flash of revelation reveals his rich father’s purpose.

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