3 out of 4 stars
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The Billionaires’ Handbook: A User’s Guide to Wealth and Power by Andrew Stevenson is a sarcastic review of the world of rich people. It is especially centered on the rules powerful billionaire made to become rich and stay that way.
This is a very short book with only 96 pages perfect for reading in one sitting. The narrative is accompanied by illustrations that take this parody on another level. The author explained rules that have changed in economic history. Every topic discussed in this book is very brief and on point. Most of its rules are the ones that dictate today’s economy. The author sets the center of the book around 30 rules that are made after capitalism fell apart, and 25 rules made after the 2008 financial crash. The tone of the book is ironic and political.
"Most people think we billionaires get to where we are by not following the rules, but that’s just ridiculous. Of course we do. We write them and then we follow them."
It is a read that made me feel a certain way. I admit I expected a more formal or even a book like a memoir. The cynicism of it all took me by surprise. At a certain point, I was angry. This is not a relatable read at all. Especially at the beginning of this book, that is obvious to see. The tone of it is very condescending. I don’t know if the arrogance is the language that all billionaires speak, as I don’t know any, but that is what Stevenson used here to narrate this book. I could see the sarcasm, that the author intended, later on in the book. That made me enjoy this book much more.
"Capitalism is dead. Yes, I’m sure. I spoke at the funeral."
Even though I am not a fan of the tone of this book, I don’t fault it for it. What I didn’t like is the formatting of it. It was just off. There are just a few sentences per page, and the font is small and somewhat hard to see. It reminds me of the format of children’s books. I am not sure if that was the intention of the author. That is the reason I can’t rate it a perfect score. So, I will rate it three out of four stars. I can’t rate it any lower because I didn’t find any grammatical errors. I loved illustrations, they were a great add to the storyline. The narrative is easily understandable, with only a few borderline profanities.
I would recommend this book to any reader that likes political satire or all the readers that enjoy short non-fiction from an author that writes books from the experienced background. Readers looking for quick tips for making money will not find them here.
The Billionaires’ Handbook
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