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The Way of the Master Paperback – August 17, 2011

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About the Author

Steve Burns has pursued several different careers throughout his working life: including the military, commercial diver, professional photographer and marketing. Educated in the US, England, South Africa and France, he has pursued those type of careers that would allow him to continue to travel throughout the world. His experiences with living in different cultures and interest in history have provided the basis for his first book. He has used ancient China as the main subject to explore how different philosophies not only create a stable culture but also become the catalyst for disruption and change. He looks at how new ideas can quickly become a threat to the status quo and how the defence against this threat quickly crosses the line into extremism.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461190606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461190608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,880,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Burns was born in the US but has spent most of his life overseas in Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently living in Munich, he was educated in Europe, the US and South Africa. He was able to live and see history from many different perspectives. After more than 20 years living and working in Europe and Asia Pacific he has used these experiences in his first book; "The Way of the Master". The book is based in Ancient China during the Zhou dynasty with Confucius as the main character. Although the genre is a mystery, it is the political intrigues and philosophies of the time that are the real story.
The second book "The Market is Chaos: The Tao of Marketing" uses the wisdom of Lao Tzu and Sun Tzu to teach marketing prinicples without resorting to spread sheets, processes, charts and statistics. It puts intuition and creativity back into marketing.

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Superb Mix of History, Mystery, Fact & Fiction

The Way of the Master is a well written mystery of ancient China. Look inside the culture of China in 500BC and become enthralled in this thrilling story. Facts mixed with fiction, murder mixed with history. This is a great read!!!
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Informative about ancient China and it's culture/way of life as well as an intriguing mystery to solve. "Often the truth sounds like a lie, and the lie sounds like the truth" Lao Tzu
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It has too many intrusive info dumps. Background should be integrated in the narrative, not dumped in, stopping the story.
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The book was free. What else can I say. Maybe I was expecting something different and got a weak read. At a certain point I gave up and didn't bother to finish it. I have better ways to spend time. And better books to explore.
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