Money is such a confusing topic, often shrouded in cliches and entirely unuseful information. By it’s very definition, money is worthless and only has power because we assign power to it. These collection of books will help you better make sense of what money is, how it affects your life, and ways to make the system work for you instead of the other way around.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill wrote this motivational book in the 1930s during the depths of the Depression. He interviewed forty millionaires to find out what made them the men that they were. In spite of the troubled economic times, the book is uplifting and inspirational. Hill bluntly states that if you doubt his wisdom, his wisdom cannot work for you, a similar approach many self-help gurus today still use. Hill’s book lays out eight steps to achieving wealth; steps he developed after learning about the histories of all the successful men he interviewed.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

This book challenges the views that most Americans have about money. Kiyosaki explains how he learned from his best friend’s dad how to look at money in a different way. He talks a lot about earning income from more than one source and uses real estate as his personal example. He juxtaposes how his dad and his friend’s dad talked about money. For example, he explains how saying, “We can’t afford that” is crippling and mentally lazy where as saying “How can I afford that?” forces your brain to think and grow.

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

One of Trumps many famous lines in his book is, “You don’t necessarily need the best location. What you need is the best deal.” He elaborates on that, explaining in detail, how he turned an abandoned property into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, how he transformed a seedy hotel into the Grand Hyatt, his part in the race to rebuild Central Park’s Wollman Skating Rink, and the byzantine saga of the property that became Trump Tower.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Since its publishing in the 1990s, The Millionaire Next Door has become a classic. Stanley and Danko debunk the myth that rich people throw their money around on estates and fancy cars. Instead, they show that the richest people are often those who merely control their spending, live modestly, and save and invest their money wisely. The book lays out seven simple rules, the first of which: always live well below your means. The last rule is to choose your occupation wisely. These are words to live by.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, and Monique Tilford

The exercises in this book gives you the chance to see if your life goals are being met through your current job and financial situation. It contains a plan that can help you to have your financial goals match your life goals. It will challenge the way that you value your money, your things, and your time. Robin’s book will show you how to make a life, rather than just make a living.