George Samuel Clason was born in Louisiana,
Missouri, on November 7th, 1874. He attended the University of
Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the
Spanish-American War. A successful businessman, he founded the
Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and published the first road
atlas of the United States and Canada. In 1926, he issued the first
of a famous series of pamphlets on thrift and financial success,
using parables set in ancient Babylon to make each of his points.
These were distributed in large quantities by banks and insurance
companies and became familiar to millions, the most famous being
"The Richest Man in Babylon," the parable from which the present
volume takes its title. These "Babylonian parables" have become a
modern inspirational classic.