There's a sidelong sensibility at work in this post-feminist analog to the Renaissance's great work of strategy. Harriet Rubin urges women to triumph by turning their enemies into allies and their fear into power; by enlarging their sphere rather than defending it; and by learning to best instead of win.
But there's a delicate wryness to the art of balancing tensions to one's advantage. One of the most telling examples is that of Sun Tzu, who bet the emperor he could turn the twelve royal concubines into fierce warriors, but was bested by the concubines, who simply giggled when he barked orders at them. Modern women may find interpreting this a challenge, but an entertaining one. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
How are women to look at life in a world that has been dominated by men for 10,000 years. She must have a strategy. She must have a plan. She must know the way of a Princess.Published 9 months ago by T M Anderson
really enthralling to begin with and finished well! would reccomend this to women and think that most men good do with the sujects knowledge.Published 15 months ago by Alex keegan
I HIGHLY recommend this book! I was on Tumblr and the ladies on there was talking about The Princessa. Lets just say I could not put it down. Its very empowering!!! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tanya Ortiz
It's a collection of anecdotes of women using various tricks to gain "power." The "lessons" of the anecdotes are vague, poorly-stated, and often factually incorrect along with the... Read morePublished on October 13, 2011 by Mark_the_Maven
I grew up in politics. As a child, I followed my lobbyist father around the California State Capitol every summer, watching as he moved from office to office, persuading... Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by PurpleKat
I love this book. The first and main premise is that the rules of any game define who wins and who loses. Woman often are playing the rules that define them as the losers. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Elisa Robyn
Too many words, not enough examples.
As a young female engineer, I was hoping to hear detailed suggestions on how to stay feminine, yet command attention and respect from... Read more
For me, I had read Machiavelli and was shocked yet awakened to the ruthless mind. In the Princessa, which I read in '99, the most important and useful truth for me was the... Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Mary E. George
This book is a must have for every woman, this book validated for me how I view life and the people in it. Read morePublished on September 12, 2006 by Priestess Auset Ra Amen