Sunday, February 06, 2005

Sunday Book Review: The Art of Playing "Real Life" Monopoly

Feel like you know absolutely nothing about money?

Stop and think about that for a minute. Money's one of those things you have to deal with all the time, whether you know anything about it or not. If you don't know anything about it, you'll probably fear it. People will use your ignorance against you.

Sooner or later, you should learn something about it. If you can afford to shell out hundreds of dollars a year in interest to credit card companies, do you really think you can't afford to buy a book that can make all this money stuff clear?

The Art Of Playing "Real Life" Monopoly, which is less than 10 bucks from Amazon, does a good job of explaining money and money-type opportunities. Things like stocks, bonds, and real-estate are explained in simple terms. In fact, it's all put into the context of games.

It's always amazed me that people who can understand all the rules to cribbage--or even football--think money's too complicated an issue to figure out.

I will warn you--this book is no frills, no fancy covers. It's printed by some obscure publisher out of Oregon and, as of next year, it will be twenty years old.

But it's still as good a place to get started as any.

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