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Reviewed by Samantha Sargent for Readers' Favorite
Money & The Human Condition by Douglas Obey is a book that simplifies the #1 question most people ask when first learning about economics and money as a whole: how does money work? With personal anecdotes and an outline of his own mistakes, Douglas Obey does an amazing job of making it easier than ever to understand how money works the way it does and, even more importantly, why it works the way it does. From a simple understanding of basic economics to an in-depth look at why having a government is so important, Money & The Human Condition is a must-read for all consumers and not just financially minded folks.
Covering different areas of stocks, bonds, business, and even his own opinion of social programs used in today's society, Douglas Obey gives the reader a unique perspective that doesn't bore them to pieces with fact based tables and numeric figures. I would recommend this book to all consumers to better understand the self-interest we all possess and why we as humans act as we do. Money & The Human Condition is full of wit, fun examples, and realistic views for anyone looking to get started in making their money work for them, rather than working so hard for it. It is rare to find a book such as this that looks at money from a psychological standpoint as well as teaches us about our own purchasing power, not only stateside but on the global front.
This could be used as a textbook for universities and advanced high school students as a base to start the process of becoming a real estate investor, financial planner, and at the same time offer a way to understand money in their own personal lives. It's well written, honest, and easy to follow and that is all we can ask for, especially with complicated subjects such as economics and finance.
I have already recommended Money & The Human Condition and will continue to do so to all I come in contact with who are looking for a great read. It's worth a feature on my money minded blog in the future as well, and few books I've read recently have made it there thus far. I'm saving this as a re-read in the future. Kudos to Douglas Obey; clearly he's an expert with a flair for understanding how to connect with his readers.