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The Master Strategist: Power, Purpose and Principle in Action [Hardcover]

Ketan J Patel
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2 Jun 2005

In the same way that Machiavelli, and Sun Tzu before him, exploded all existing ideas about strategy, The Master Strategist cuts across politics, economics and business to set out a new and compelling strategy for a peaceful and prosperous future. We stand at a point in history where we can have almost anything we desire and are able to manipulate technology to create wealth and launch any war we wish to fight. Learning how to create a strategy for saving the future is now essential.

Ketan Patel meets with leading strategists in international government and business on an almost weekly basis. This unique access to people at this level has given him insights into the most fundamental questions that face us, such as:

-- How many more wars before we learn how to win peace?

-- Can we sustain our prosperity, let alone expand it to others?

-- How much trust can we put in our political leaders?

We find ourselves today more connected, more knowledgeable, more prosperous, more resourceful and therefore more powerful than ever before. With all our power, we have circled back to the need to focus our energies on survival and security. The quality of our strategies will determine the outcome from here.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844138178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844138173
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This elegantly written book is both a wake-up call and a positive inspiration for strategists and policymakers - alarming at times but also enjoyable for its treasure-trove of facts, historical insights and deep thinking, all lucidly expressed." (Director Magazine)

"Provides an extraordinary framework to assess ourselves. More than just a book on strategy, it is a book on life itself" (Nandan Nilekani, CEO, Infosys)

"This intellectually exciting book will serve as the reference work of strategy for many years to come" (Nobuyuki Idei, Former CEO, Sony Corporation)

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Sun Tzu's The Art of War for the 21st Century: how to develop sustainable political and economic strategies for the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written? 6 Feb 2007
I wish I'd written this book. It uses the printed word to say exactly what I've thought for ages - or have tried to think! Every page needs careful reading and often I sit in the bath, read a page and then dwell during the rest of my soak on what he's just said. It all makes such good sense and is incredibly powerful. I have no idea if Mr Patel runs seminars or lectures, but I would travel a long way to listen to what he has to say.

He challenges pretty well everything that we have come to believe.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's life changing and [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 10 April 2011
I would travel to hear this man speak, more so than I would to hear the great revolutnaries of our time, Nelson Mandela, aung san suu kyi, the great innovators, Bill gates, Steve jobs, or even the Oracle of Omaha.

Read the book, and you will understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of strategy 24 Nov 2005
By Dimitrius - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book on the philosophy of strategy. If you're looking for a book on strat frameworks, then you're looking in the wrong place. But if you want to understand what makes a great strategist in life and business, then this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Strategy evangelists! 22 Nov 2006
By Sanjay Koppikar - Published on Amazon.com
As a keen student of Strategy, I found this book in amazing clarity in thoughts and flow. No book had such impact over me after the great article by Michael E.Porter (HBR 1996) - What is Strategy?. That article had broken the myth of Operation Effectiveness being portrayed as strategy.

This book goes beyond C.K.Prahalad with his BOP concept and Prof. Stuart L.Hart (Award winning Article: "Strategies for sustainable World" & Book: "Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems") to introduce strategies that could help us look at the World differently - both as opportunity and threat.

It is a must read for people looking beyond their four walls. All Strategy evangelists must read this book before they preach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Master Strategist! 22 Nov 2006
By Anil Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Never since Charles Dickens did in his book "Tale of two cities" with his famous words - "Best of time, worst of times", there was such a convincing depiction of extremes of the today's World. The author has captured these dilemmas in a simplistic manner with examples and methodically tried to solve the big puzzle. Hats off to Master Strategist!
5.0 out of 5 stars SUFISM..TASAWWUF 9 Feb 2011
By SUFI STUDENT - Published on Amazon.com
MOST of this excellent book mirrors the teachings of sufism ie,the science of tasawwuf in islam.
i also recommend the teachings of al ghazalli and rumi
4.0 out of 5 stars A Commendable Start 21 Feb 2007
By Matt Holbert - Published on Amazon.com
This is a commendable start to a discussion that is long overdue. Why are inhabitants of this planet failing so miserably to develop themselves -- and improve conditions on the planet? Most of us should be able to step back and develop a comprehensive plan for going forward. Instead, we remain trapped in institutions that are ineffective and downright dangerous. As the author points out, all of our dominant institutions have failed to deliver the goods.

I rated the book at 4 stars because I thought that there could have been fewer lists and more detail on how we develop the power to implement strategy that is effective. (Is this power to be achieved by starting up a new investment management firm as the author has done?)

One of the keys to making a strategic shift is likely found in the background and interests of the author himself. He draws inspiration from both Eastern and Western traditions and has, through his work, been exposed to a diverse range of cultures around the world.
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