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Product Details

  • Series: Nation Books
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 2nd edition (March 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560256028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560256021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The title may draw in people with a weakness for military models for civilian planning issues, but, unlike Duggan's The Art of What Works, the book is not really a planner's how-to, nor is it conventional military historiography. Instead, Duggan offers clear perspectives on how various traits-e.g. mental flexibility in reading the past and present, talent for envisioning the efforts of tens to millions, minute adjustment of tactical details-have been put to careful use by particular figures. Beyond that, it is a mixed bag. Duggan oversimplifies the military strategists he covers (Napoleon and Patton) with a dichotomy between the approaches of Clausewitz (flexible) and Jomini (rigid), leaving out, for example, the crucial role of staffs. On Sundiata (it is a nice surprise to find him here), the founder of the Mali Empire in Africa, the author lists only a single source. Also here are Alice Paul, the American suffragist, and Ella Baker, one of the founders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Joan of Arc was herself only a very short-lived strategist, drawing her insights from the legend of the Quest for the Grail-but watching her in action inspired the French statesmen and soldiers who won the Hundred Years' War. The best essay in the book, the study of Mohammed Yunus's Grameen Bank making micro-loans in Bangladesh, reflects the author's background in international development with the Ford Foundation.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The book's own stroke of genius is Duggan's coherent reporting of coup d'oeil as it occurs throughout the centuries, while at the same time relating it in a way sure to inspire readers to discover their own formulas for success."

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By reader on September 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
... This is a great history of social entrepreneurs, military leaders, and other great strategists who figured out how to get what they wanted. Great short chapters on Joan of Arc, Patton, Alice Paul and the suffragists, Japan, and even Picasso and Matisse. Turned out for me to be an excellent source of fun cocktail party chatter. But it is a very very good and unusual kind of self-help book. Yes, the book is NOT about military strategy, but is is about strategy in personal life. I thought it was better than a ton of other popular history or self help books. It helped me understand how to be more successful at figuring out how to get what I want. On the cover General Wesley Clark calls this a "very important book" and I agree!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David N. Bernfeld on September 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Turns standard business strategy upside down. An essential read for anyone seeking an alternate perspective. You might just find that the alternative perspective regularly beats the mainstream.
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By Melissa Caban on November 8, 2013
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I chose to read this book to learn of strategy to ultimately help me become a better leader. I feel like this book has inspired me and I look forward to my own coup dois.
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Not a bad proposition.
Still perfecting what I learned. It's tough to match Napoleon Bonaparte's instincts and his stamina for staying up night after night strategizing all the angles.
But as he said: "You never reach so high, as when you're not totally sure of where you're heading."
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