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The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) Paperback – December 14, 2007
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About the Author
Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.
Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is an in depth exploration of strategy, applicable to military, political, relational, business, and other wars. Each topic includes at least two stories from history or literature to illustrate the point, keys to warfare on implementing in daily life, quotes from external sources, and an image to help memorize the strategy. It is one of the most complete books I have ever come across - the author cares about his work and research and was able to include a wealth of information on each topic. This is not a book that you will pick up and read through in one sitting. Besides clocking in at almost 500 pages, each topic is so dense that it is worth taking your time and mulling it over before moving on.
Some of the examples used include excerpts from Napolean, Sherman, FDR, Lincoln, Martin Luther, the Bible, and much more. The sheer variety of topics covered will keep your focus throughout the book.
One thing I really appreciated about this book: It is virtually free of any 'politization'. There is no pandering to the left or right, no snide digs at current administrators, etc. It's a book that will stand the test of time and one that anyone will benefit from reading.
Listening to this book was extremely entertaining, educational and intriguing for me. I've never had an experience just like it. That's what motivated me to submit a review despite the previous 63 customer reviews. Don Leslie, the reader, deliberately and effectively adds to the drama, which is why I could not stop until I finished. His style is different than any I experienced. It's as if he's telling you a big secret and it makes you pay close attention. If you like military history, you will truly love this book.
One theme I didn't feel in my gut was the idea that these strategies can be employed in daily life for people like me. All the examples are great historical ones with which I was already familiar, and like most people interested in military history, I am always entertained when I receive a different angle or approach. There were no personal examples, such as how an individual, other than a great political or military leader, can use these strategies in life. I suppose one could find some applications in business, although I'm not sure if I can. But that's ok; this was a worthwhile educational and entertaining experience. I expect to listen to this CD set several more times in the future, and that is probably the highest compliment I can give.
From Alexander the Great, to Hannibal, to von Clausewitz, to McArthur the strategies that work are summarized in the context of some of their most pragmatic, dramatic and famous examples.
The book also provides an excellent introduction which traces the history and continuum of strategic warfare from "mano-y-mano," or face-to-face squirmishes (used mostly as demonstrations of individual bravery and heroism -- to full-scale war by indirection ("out thinking" the enemy and winning by superior maneuvering).
As the author notes, the best military victories are won not by exhausting blood and treasures, but without a shot or an arrow being fired: The ultimate objective of strategic war is to "get inside the head" of the opponent and "win over" his mind.
In the language of the modern military academies this is referred to as "finding the enemy's center-of-gravity," or "getting inside his decision-making cycle." Thus, the book explains the philosophies and the rationale for each of the 33 stratagems in succinct form, and in terms of how they seek to approach this idealized strategic goal.
The book is organized by type of war and the stratagems used within each war type. A valuable work that also has many non-military applications. It is even better than Greene's "48 Laws of Power." A must read for anyone engaged in any kind of combat.