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The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) Paperback – December 14, 2007
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Once again, Green brings a tremendous body of research and historical insight to his writing, demonstrating the key points of each chapter through some of the greatest successes and mistakes from history.
But this isn't just a book about war. Greene repeatedly states that many of the strategies and tactics used to harden an individual for conflict (or conflict avoidance) apply equally well to business, politics and negotiation, and the examples come from everywhere from Hollywood to Ancient Rome.
The advantage this book has over the previous two is that his clarification of his strategies is more balanced and consistent. He goes vague less often here.
This book completes nicely Greene's cycle of historical self-improvement books: the first in how to woo others to your way of thinking, the second to deal with power structures, and the third for self-discipline and conflict resolution.
The beauty of his approach is that there is something for everyone in this book. You may read about a tactic that is highly amusing, but that you say to yourself, "I could never do that." Then in the next chapter you may say, "That's fits in with my personality. I can do that." That's how I felt about his strategies for laying back and appearing to not care, and about his strategy for taking an unassailable position.
A brief story in chapter 4 on developing a sense of extreme urgency was well worth the cost of the book to me. It talks about Fyodor Dostoevsky and how a change in his perspective on the value of life lead to a greater appreciation for every moment, and to an era of rampant productivity that continued until his death. Because I'm an author I spend a good part of every day writing and thinking about my work. After reading about Dostoevsky I immediately felt an even higher sense of purpose and motivation.
You really can't go wrong with this book. It is very entertaining and educational. Beyond that, you could pick up some sage, time-tested advice for improving both your business and your life. Bravo!
You'll read this book once, get to the last page and go back to page 1 and start reading again. There are literally hundreds of ideas in this book.
I especially like the way the author has made the book applicable to your life, the business or the battlefield.
As a former soldier, I deeply appreciate the detailed review of war strategies and found the book so compelling, I'm buying copies for all of my friends who are in the military and currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
If you only read one business or self improvement book this year, read this one. If you read three, read the author's other two books, The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction.
Much of the book rings a bell with my intuition, but there is a great deal which is so inciteful and informative. I would say I couldn't put the book down, but that's not true, I needed to take a rest every chapter or so. I love his mixing of explaning the principals then giving historical examples. The war stories have direct analogies to the business world.
I have also read Greene's "Art of Seduction", which I think is absolutely vile and disgusting. I don't think the book is vile and distigusting, I think the book simply tells the truth. Greene doesn't make the rules, he's just telling how many "successfull" people play the game, which is really just a clear illustration of the part of human nature which is cloaked behind good manners and grooming, and how people take advantage of our good nature, weaknesses, and need for connection and love--all of which applies to both our personal and business world. Better to know it than not know it, and know when to fight fire with fire if you think you can stay true to your principles. Maybe there should be a followup something like "Buddah's dance with Devil"
This book is going on my top shelf.
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To date I've read everything Robert Greene has in print and, much to my surprise, this turned out to be the most useful volume of all. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Laura A. Little
If you are looking to go into business, this is a great book to use as a guide because it tells you how to deal with people according to their actions.Published 12 days ago by Shekinah Brown
Classic... Greene's advice covers everything from steeling one's mind for battle to specific defensive and offensive tactics-notably, the final section on "dirty" warfare... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kamal Jabbar CEO Palace Music Group, LLC
(Now, I will note here that I actually read the Korean translation of this book and not the original, but really, there isn’t much of a difference anyway. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Moon Shim
This is a great book and it's very well written. It's not as dry as some would think and it's easy to follow and understand. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Brian Wood
Great book. Also read 48 laws of power and mastery by the same author. Skip "seduction"Published 22 days ago by Tyson Bush
Heard great things about Robert Greene's books, so I purchased them.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene is Greene's followup to The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Du Nguyen