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33 Strategies of War

Narrated by: Donald Coren
Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
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33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. It's the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and is abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, movie moguls to samurai swordsmen.

©2007 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Excellent

Loved the lessons in this book. Some timeless strategies of war that translates wonderfully to the modern business world.

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  • Sobin
  • Hobart, TAS
  • 07-02-2019

Understand how to use strategies in daily life

Almost took 1 month to finish this book; yet another awesome book which explains about various strategies used by different leaders at different situations, history and wars. It helps you to understand how to use strategies in you daily life or business

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Mind expanding!!

Thoroughly interesting the whole way through. Never a dull moment if the content. If you're interested in military history and the study of human nature then this is a must read!!

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A paradigm shift for the critical mind

Well sourced and evidenced. A book that, while radical, makes no demands on your credulity. using evidence to sweep the clouds of culture away to see the world as it truely is, the 33 strategies of war is a paradigm shift for the critical mind.

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awesome book

the book is primary about war but it gives you good insights into modern interactions with people both in a public social and business sense

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  • Mathew
  • 17-06-2018

Great for thinkers

What I like most about this book and its counter part the 48 laws of power is the style in which the author delivers a ton of information. The stories he tells are real and are from the lives of many different well known and influential people from different time periods. Its like having someone piece together twenty or thirty biographies of interesting peoples lives and getting just the good parts. I enjoyed 48 laws of power more but the principles in this book make you think a lot. I found myself looking inward and asking myself how I acted in certain social situations in and outside of the work place.

It is a very interesting and well done work!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-2017

terrifyingly good

this book nails so many things it's hard to cover it all in a review. just BUY THE BOOK
if you enjoy history buy the book
if you enjoy drama buy the book
you you like conflict buy the book
if you like practical applications buy the book

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  • ClaireG.
  • 01-09-2018

It's just okay

I normally like Robert Greene's books, but this felt a little too dry for me. I couldn't finish it. But I do love and recommend his other book: 48 laws of power

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  • PK Mills
  • 02-04-2016

Strategy for Life

Required Reading for Entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to understand human nature and social dynamics

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  • Jamie
  • 10-04-2016

Excerpts

This is a execellent audio book of advice, the narrators matter of fact voice and the odd representation of the world shines a new light on everything with its excerpts quotes and stories from fables and real world occurrences. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has free time.

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  • college person
  • 16-02-2016

good listen while driving......... .

good listen while driving. use this or defend against it. I ended up reading more about each person in the story

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  • Vintila Bogdan
  • 16-08-2016

Very good especially for the history savy

Overall I loved the book. It is written in the traditional Robert Greene fashion, with lots of examples which are repeated in order to prove different points or different stages of a process. I personally love this style as he does not hurry up to draw a conclusion.

However it is packed full of examples from ancient history, and for me personally it would have been better to use more modern day examples. This is why I found myslef wandering of at times and had to rewind. But for someone who loves ancient history this is a 5 star book, no doubt about it. And the voice of the narrator is top notch. Would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the matter or strategy but be prepared with patience as the book is long and tackles a lot of ideeas and stories.

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  • Malachi
  • 06-12-2016

Worth Every Penny and Every Re-Read

Love Robert Greene. Love this book! Best "self-help" series out there. Need I say more?

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  • Dionelyes
  • 04-10-2016

A Must Read for Self-Empowerment

This is the most empowering book I've ever read. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." This book tells you how to react.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-2019

Exceptional on every level

if you are the type of person that must analyze the world, then this book is for you. You will find yourself coming back time and time again as each law reveals itself in new ways each time you read it.

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  • Pad de Braye
  • 05-02-2018

Valuable and Insightful Lessons but...

This enormous tome provides many Valuable and Insightful Lessons only there seems to be an underlying presumption that no one can be trusted and everyone is really out to get one over you at every and any chance they can. I really don't think this is a healthy nor a productive view of people to maintain, even though of course it may save your I'm falling into somebody else's schemes wanna sing awhile.

The book contains many excellent stories from history. Continual references to Napoleon, lessons from the I Ching and Samurai.

Despite my reservations about the author's somewhat paranoid premis (I'm not sure I'd want to do business with him), I know I'll listen to this book again... Maybe several times.

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  • Alex
  • 30-09-2016

awesome insight into the mind of war

loved the book, clear structure and good examples from a wide range of sources. A real insight in to war and modern life

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  • J. C. Maynard-daley
  • 24-08-2015

Great read but an abrupt ending

Great read but an abrupt ending

Would highly recommend this for anyone who would benefit from learning the art of strategic thinking

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2019

A very interesting with real world practical uses

One the most interesting and valuable books I've listened to so far. The authors reference dozens of famous strategists and how they have dealt with difficult situations. As well as being incredibly interesting, the authors interpretation of these events mean you can learn lessons which can be applied in your own life. Will probably give it another listen at some point.

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  • Joe T
  • 14-02-2019

Great book would listen again

This is a great book, it is told in bite-size digestible stories with an overarching theme on each chapter. It never got boring and for a 27hr book that is a great achievement. I will definitely pull this one out again in a year or so and pick up the bits I missed or forgot. Good narration nice pace.

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  • John Hodgson
  • 02-12-2017

The historical examples are fantastic

I'm not sure if this will help me improve my daily interactions, but I found the historical examples fascinating. To me, history at it's best is meant to give greater understanding of the present, and this book definitely does that

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  • Dan Friend
  • 16-04-2017

Know your enemy.

An extraordinary and challenging book, dangerous in the wrong hands, and vital in the right.

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  • adam
  • 03-12-2016

well structured and great historical examples

This audio book was really interesting, it has great historical examples a great read. Helps you arm for the political work place

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  • Frederick
  • 14-06-2019

Another great book by Greene

+ Well written
+ True to the title
+ Interesting historical references
+ Good narration

- Long and overdone in places
- More more recent references would have helped

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  • MR N.
  • 24-03-2019

Another masterpiece

This book is amazing , and I’m so glad that Robert has put I. His time and effort to create this in-depth and thoughtful review and put together the various strategies of great leaders of the past into perspective , having read the art of war or 5 rings 10 years ago, they where nearly a great philosophy, but the majority of them seems out of today’s context , you had to know the writer , the lifestyle , the battles and therefore to read those books whilst they are great , will not give most readers the practical tools to really understand and then apply, in contrast Roberts book does.
I now could re read those two books with a much better understanding and appreciate them and more importantly use them practically.....

I’ve also read Mastery and 48 laws of paper by Robert Greene twice , and his 2019 human nature book ..... I recommend them all - will read seduction one day - but don’t need it , wish I’d read it when I was 21.

Roberts books aren’t for the faint hearted , and if you try and will mess with most peoples brains and morality if they judge, however if they keep an open mind , they will realise he is providing insights into human nature and providing a wealth of knowledge that can help in so many situations as we deal and interact with people all the time.......

Moony Victoire-Nijjar.