Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the 33 chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life's wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars.
The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm - and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable guide, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you will need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.
Listen to the companion audiobook, The 48 Laws of Power.
©2006 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"Greene's compendium offers inspiration and entertainment in equal measure." (Publishers Weekly)
The culmination of strategic thinking in all of it's expressions. There are a great number of books about strategy in a business, military, political or social setting. However (in my opinion) this book brings them together under one umbrella, far better than any prior text. The historical examples and myriad of settings add a great weight to the principles. Writen in Greene's characteristic style, and with Don Leslie's animated reading (all be it less frightening than his reading of The 48 Laws of Power) makes for an entertaining, insightful and educational read for anyone practicing in business, politics, social settings (and some personal relationships!)
Greene takes us through the highlights of significant historical conflicts before drawing lessons from them for the contemporary world.
The history alone is a captivating read, the added conclusions are highly apt for human interactions today. Exactly the mix of history and strategy I've been after.
This is a very good book on strategy and strategic thinking. Uses very good historical examples to visualize the concept. The ideas and concepts can be used in both personal and business settings. Not all concepts are applicable for everyone, but in general will help you build a broader understanding about strategy and strategic decision making. I would rank this in the top 10 books for strategy. Other titles to consider are
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
Understanding Michael Porter by Joan Magretta
Strategic Thinking Skills by The Great Courses narrated by Stanley Ridgley
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
The Innovators Solution by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael Raynor
Seeing What's Next by Clayton M. Christensen and Scott D. Anthony
Just to name a few.
"A very intesting read with great examples"
Yes. The book offers a concise set of war strategies which are appilable to today and histroical politics as well as business.
When I made the connection that this book applied to politics, business and personal interactions. There are many lessons to be learned.
A good exercise is to create a mind-map of the strategies. If you do this, your appreciation for how these strategies reinforce each other will deepen.
"Such a smooth experience."
It's so easy to envision and follow. I love the examples and then breakdowns of the strategies.
the ultimate book. I listen to it over and over. perfect guide to battling internal enemies
This was my favorite books so far!
He was perfect, I liked the intensity. I like to visualize while I listen to books and he was one of the best for providing strong emotion.
"A MUST HAVE!!!"
For anyone who wants to be more mentally (and psychologically) competitive. This give you the roots of "all" psychological warfare. Regardless of whether you're a student, or out in the workforce - THIS BOOK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL THAT "YOU" WANT TO BE AT.
"Better Book Than Audiobook"
No. I listened to the audiobook and I just finished the print version. The print/kindle version is superior. I found myself losing interest quickly in the audiobook, party due to the overly dramatic narration.
Great book, but a much better read than audiobook. The 50th Law, narrated by Robert Greene himself is a much more engaging listen with similar stories and themes.
The narrator has the perfect voice for this book. You will find your self assessing every situation like a military strategist with an objective or goal to reach. Every strategy is explained and presented with historical examples. A must read/listen.
"I learned much more as I applied these techniques."
I have all of Robert Greene's books. This has been my favorite. Applying is the best way to see the truth behind the wisdom that the great strategists of all times have developed. I have much more to learn,. Best of all, I know what I must do daily to gain and master that knowledge.
"Great will buy Physical copy"
I really thought the book was very well documented. It tells you how to be a Monster to protect your soldiers from other monsters. Felt like I was listening in on a secret passing of wisdom from teacher to student. There are some really good gems in this book listen and buy now.
"Strategy 34: Quit whilst you're ahead"
OK I'm only an hour in out of ten... But...This is an abridged version. Following the book on Kindle whilst listening to the audio shows that a quantity (hard to judge whether that's many or a few at this stage) of the anecdotes and examples have been omitted. This means much of the texture is missing, and what remains feels like a relentless, leaden self help book.
The narrator has a good voice but it doesn't seem to suit the content. I can hear Evan Davies (BBC radio 4 and tv) reading the book and it being far more engaging, lighter, enquiring.With the narrator chosen for this (together with the omission of some of the real life examples) I feel like I'm being brain washed rather than hearing some interesting ideas.
I was a little annoyed that at the start of the book the snare drum motif (it's got war in the title remember) keeps going for two and a half minutes under the narration. A very distracting rat a tat that gets things off on the wrong foot.
It was like listening to multiple amazing books.
It was consistent through out regardless of the various wars and main characters. It flowed really well.
Played it whilst out and indoors. Really enjoyed it.
I have Mastery - the laws of power and 33 strategies of war.
I may skip the art of seduction though.
Buy this book.
"If you want peace, prepare for War"
Knowledge is not good or bad, it's how you decide to use it. To protect yourself in a political environment, you need to understand the tactics that may be used against you to manipulate you into compliance.
This book is very thought provoking. I listened to one chapter at a time, letting the historical examples and their implications sink in.
Many displays of force are just illusions. Fear is just in your head. Control your emotions and use these strategies to survive and thrive.
I liked this and it's interesting to listen to. However, the examples are extremely old and it would have been nice if more modern examples were included. Nevertheless it was a really good audiobook.
"One of my favourites!"
This is a must have book. Truly wonderful historical examples of clearly described principles for success (and failure).
I love the chapter by chapter subjects and examples.
Made me full of wonder and admiration for the historical characters referenced in each chapter.
This is absolutely essential for anyone who likes to learn about history, and especially to learn lessons from historical successes and failures. It only touches lightly on most historical examples, so its not intended as a historical textbook, but it beautifully highlights the lessons that could and should be learnt form the past.
I recommend this book to my friends in person a lot (and Robert Greenes other books too).
I own this book in print also (about 8 years ago I read it several times)
The short bite size chunks and the references thereafter.
I've a few of these books and have to say the format works for me.
I have them, which is rare for me as I struggle to read due to PTSD, in hard copy and each chapter is covered in scribbles and notes.
I'm also a former soldier and find this a great way to translate the startegic and tactical theories into my entrepreneur life.
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