Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November Classic of the Month: The Art of Money-Getting by P. T. Barnum

As the holiday season quickly approaches, money, budgeting, and overspending will likely be on many minds. The Art of Money-Getting by P. T. Barnum, our November Classic of the Month, can help guide you through this gifting season, savings account intact!

First published in 1880 by P.T. Barnum, The Art of Money-Getting is a short book encouraging the general public to aspire to wealth through proper economic means: building a savings, collecting on interest, operating business with integrity, learning the true value of money, working for what you earn, and foregoing extravagances in order to live a more modest lifestyle where saving money is the goal.

Based on P.T. Barnum's own experiences as a showman and businessman, he outlines a way of life rather than a get-rich-quick scheme. Despite its 19th-century publication date, his advice is remarkably relevant, and will be of interest to young and old readers alike who desire to be more responsible with their finances.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cosimo!

About the Author
Phineas Taylor ("P.T.") Barnum (1810-1891) is one of the most peculiarly famous personalities in American history. A consummate showman and entrepreneur, Barnum was famous for bringing both high and low culture to American audiences. From the melodious opera singer Jenny Lind to the bizarre hoax of the Feejee Mermaid, from the clever and quite diminutive Tom Thumb to Jumbo the Elephant, Barnum's oddities, spectacles, galas, extravaganzas, and events tickled the fancies of Americans of all ages.

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