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- Listening Length: 27 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: July 22, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012BI11W4
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Also, I don't think that Mr. Greene's books are amoral. Quite the contrary, they open our eyes to the strategies that some people use to win or get ahead through strategy and manipulation, and allow us to prepare if ever we need to engage with them socially or professionally.
Under most circumstances, the book would rate 4 stars based on the format and readability - however, that wouldn;t do the incredible content justice. The historical references from 1000 BCE to modern day references to Afghanistan and the World Trade Center attacks are well researched and tie together well...showing the universality of the message.
I've read Greene's other books on Power and Mastery, and would place this squarely between them in terms of value - with the 48 Laws of Power being an absolute masterpiece (which shares the same maddening formatting). Regardless, all three are worth the read, and this one belongs in everyone's canon.
Placing that long history of the outcomes of strategy in the human experience is not a simple challenge. Greene's sampling of the range of options and there nuances in a concise and approachable fashion is well done. His method to draw from history in border highlights to his narrative is an immersive reading experience. Should the reader consider the historical quotational references first or Greene's narrative that elaborates? The answer for this reader was both. The commensurate demand of Greene's effort is to motivate the re-read of one or the other or both to seal in the central notion. Strategy and implications demands intellectual rigor if one's objective is to both understand the principles and rationalize the implications. Civilization has been defined by the strategic outcomes realized by our predecessors. Greene tells the story of why and why.
As to the business implications, the concept of `War' is perhaps better translated as `Competition'. We have no examples of non-warfare related competition or social governance that is not at core a friction of opposing ideals. Friction is relieved in strategy. Greene's primer does an excellent job elaborating methods in this context. War is a lengthy and thoroughly enjoyable read that is best consumed a chapter at a time.
5-star great read for the strategically oriented!
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