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Forbes magazine's editor and CEO collaborates with classical scholar Prevas to examine the lives of the ancient world's greatest leaders, including Julius Caesar, Hannibal and Alexander the Great, and the lessons they have for today's business people. Interspersed throughout are 20th- and 21st-century examples of leaders whose careers parallel those of the ancient leaders, men like Alfred Sloan, who, like Augustus consolidating the Roman Empire, transformed the motley collection of automobile companies that was General Motors in the early 1920s into the world's largest corporation. Unfortunately, the historical studies rest uneasily alongside the contemporary business cases, which are often tenuously related to the ancient stories. Worse, the entire work rests on the unsubstantiated claim that businesses are like military empires, and the lessons drawn are often banal; for example, from the story of Hannibal's daring winter march over the Alps to take the Romans by surprise, the authors suggest we should think outside the box, respond to attacks and pay attention to detail. (June)
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Power Ambition Glory serves as a remarkable historical guide. It’s both a reference guide to the rise and fall of empires, as well as a fresh look at modern business leaders and how they fit the framework of history.”
—From the foreword by Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“An appealing read that draws a remarkable correlation between great leaders of the ancient world and highly profiled leaders of our time. It is both interesting and instructive to learn of these striking parallels and to realize that extolled leadership at any time often includes similar vision, like deployment and unconventional strategies. It is also interesting to find that notable personal failings of recent times have roots in yesterday. Those who are interested in leadership can profit greatly from reading this novel piece.”
—Larry Bossidy, coauthor of Execution and former CEO of Honeywell

Power Ambition Glory crystalizes the commonalities of highs and lows of modern and ancient leaders. The book is, in fact, an inspiration in showing how simple tenets such as focusing, setting an example, and embracing diversity lead to true greatness. It is a book that speaks to today’s void. What we lack today, Steve Forbes and John Prevas remind us can be regained again by learning from the lessons of the classic ancient leaders and even some modern CEOs that lived by their examples.”
—Meredith Whitney, CEO and founder of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group

“Steve Forbes knows the importance of history, and this book brings that to our attention in a fascinating and pertinent way. Power Ambition Glory is a wonderful read from beginning to end, and people in all fields will learn and be inspired by it. Steve is one guy everyone should listen to!”
—Donald J. Trump

“Steve Forbes and John Prevas have brilliantly woven together the ancient world and permanent principles of effectiveness to provide guidance for today’s would-be leaders.”
—Newt Gingrich


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
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This book is about the leadership lessons that can be learned from studying some of the greatest western leaders of the ancient world. Those six great leaders were Cyrus the Great, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar and of course, Xenophon. Wait a minute, who was Xenophon and if he was so great why don't I recognize his name? Feeling a bit ignorant I asked my adult sons at dinner if they knew whom I was speaking about since they'd both had excellent Classical Educations while attending six years at Boston Latin School. My question produced nothing but blank looks. That made me feel a little better, but didn't answer my question.
Xenophon (430-354 BC), was "a young scholar from Athens, and is an example of a reluctant leader who came forward in time to crisis to fill a void. He found himself in command of an army of Greek mercenaries--mostly Spartans--trapped in the middle of the Persian Empire in the region known today as Iraq. Xenophon's mission was to organize these soldiers, motivate them, and get them home alive." Upon hearing this information, one of my sons quickly volunteered, "Oh, I get it, X is famous for actually having an Exit Strategy to get his army out of Iraq!" Touché, son!
The best part of this book is the brief over-views of the cultures and eras of these leaders and learning about their exploits. That part of the book was absolutely a page-turner and fortunately most of the book is comprised of these historic profiles and the lessons that could be garnered from their styles of leadership. I very much enjoyed learning about Xenophon, who is given credit in this book for showing Alexander the Great that there was a crack in the military might of the Persian Empire and Alexander made full use of that information as soon as he could.
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I found this book absolutely fascinating. I loved the way Steve was able to draw parallels between ancient and modern leaders, all the while highlighting key lessons and learnings on managment, strategy, and leadership for the reader. This book is a great gift for anyone interested in history as well as how to be the top of the game in their own careers.
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It was a brilliant idea to combine the thorough and well-written historical analysis of John Prevas with the modern business insight of Steve Forbes. Power Ambition Glory takes the wisdom of the ages and points you directly to its relevance for today. This book should be read by every business leader (and aspiring business leader).
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Great read, just finished on kindle, scholarly and very relevant without being pedantic as some history tomes can be.
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As a current corporate director of human resources, I am on a continual quest for books on leadership. That is, "good" books on leadership. I am especially interested in those that draw from an analogy. As an example, I really enjoyed the great work - High Altitude Leadership: What the World's Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership) and the simple yet effective - The Tazie Effect. (Of course I am also partial to my own book, Wingtips with Spurs) With this tome by Forbes and John Prevas, the analogy is much closer to home than either of these titles. Business and government leadership are not only comparative, indeed they are often interdependent.

As we have the roman military and the Catholic Church to thank for our current leadership model, this book truly hits the mark with its great lessons and teachings. If you do not believe the comment in the preceding sentence, consider this simple example.

Obey us completely or be:

1. Put to death (Roman Military)

2. Excommunicated (Church)

3. Terminated (Modern Business)

Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn is a remarkable historical guide that easily slips into the business arena.
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I found this to be a fantastic book from a man with a lot of insight into our world today. It is interesting that this masterpiece should be delivered during probably the worst administration in our countries history. I would like to send BHO a signed copy - we know he reads since accepting the book from Hugo Chavez another dictator.
Worth every penny as this book is "Dynamite! Dynamic mind and parallels to make you think". Two thumbs up my man - you need to buy this.
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I thought the book to be quite informative. It kept things at a level in which it was easy to see the parallels between the ancient and the new leaders when it comes to leadership. My favorite parts were actually the write ups about the ancient leaders more than the current. Half of the current leaders mentioned I have never heard of, but i did recognize the old. All in all I wasnt dissapointed.
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