Can you succeed without being a terrible person? We often think not: recognising that, as the old saying has it, 'nice guys finish last'. But does that mean you have to go to the other extreme and be a bully or Machiavellian to get anything done?
In The Art of Fairness, David Bodanis uses thrilling historical case studies to show there's a better path, leading neatly in between. He reveals how it was fairness, applied with skill, that led the Empire State Building to be constructed in barely a year - and how the same techniques brought a quiet English debutante to become an acclaimed jungle guerrilla fighter. In 10 vivid profiles - featuring pilots, presidents and even the producer of Game of Thrones - we see that the path to greatness doesn't require crushing displays of power or tyrannical ego. Simple fair decency can prevail.
With surprising insights from across history - including the downfall of the very man who popularised the phrase 'nice guys finish last' - The Art of Fairness charts a refreshing and sustainable new approach to cultivating integrity and influence.
"David Bodanis is an enthralling storyteller. Prepare to be taken on a surprising, wide-ranging and ultimately inspiring journey to explore what makes us human." (Tim Harford)
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Extended examples of the behaviour of individuals in various walks of life fascinatingly illustrate the key ideas. Convincing and thought-provoking. it was hard not to notice parrellels (not explicit) between the strategies Joseph Goebbells employed and those of Donald Trump.