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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601632797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601632791
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Godwin, PhD, is a political scientist whose influence spans the political spectrum. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Clintonomics, his previous book, "a must read," an assessment seconded by conservative Newsmax.com publisher Christopher Ruddy. Godwin began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, West Africa. He has a doctorate from the University of Hawaii and degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of California-Berkeley. He is a four-time Fulbright scholar and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. In The Office Politics Handbook, he draws from his personal experience in business and government and his repertoire of anecdotes and archetypes from history, literature, and film to entertain and educate readers about interpersonal relationships, politics, and leadership. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Jack Godwin, Ph.D. is an independent political scientist whose appeal spans the political spectrum. Godwin writes frequently about politics at every level: national, international as well as interpersonal. He is the author of three books, most recently the "Office Politics Handbook" and is now writing his first novel, a political thriller set at the end of the Cold War, the golden age of spy fiction. Godwin earned a doctorate from the University of Hawaii and degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and a five-time Fulbright scholar.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Clark on January 4, 2014
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His verbage is so profuse, it makes the book very difficult to follow.

I learned nothing from it.

It is one my most disappointing book purchases
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As I began to read this book, I was reminded of another, Jeff Pfeffer's Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don't. For those who have not as yet read it, he observes, "Over the years, I've learned a great deal about power and will now share with you what I hope you will find most interesting and, more to the point, most useful." In the Introduction, for example, he suggests that having power is related to living a longer and healthier life, that power and the visibility and stature that accompany them can produce wealth, and that power is part of leadership and necessary to get things done, whatever the nature and extent of the given objectives may be. "Power is desirable to many, albeit not all, people, for what it can provide and also a goal in and of itself."

Although Pfeffer does not invoke the core metaphor from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" in The Republic, I think it is especially relevant to the various misconceptions about power that Pfeffer refutes. The situation in Plato's allegory is that people are located in a darkened cave watching shadows dance on a wall. (The source of light is outside the cave.) They think they are watching ultimate realities. Rather, what they observe are images, yes, but also distortions. The same is true of the "just world hypothesis" that the world is predictable, comprehensible, and therefore potentially controllable. Worse yet, it implies that "people get what they deserve; that is, that the good people are likely to be rewarded and the bad to be punished. Most important," Pfeffer adds, "the phenomenon works in reverse: if someone is seen to prosper, there is a social psychological tendency for observers to decide that the lucky person must have done something to deserve his good fortune.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mireia Naharro on February 2, 2014
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Extremely insightful. Highly recommended. For anyone wanting to know how power dynamics work not only in the office but also outside.
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