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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Modern Wordly Wisdom, 28 Jan 2006
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This review is from: The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Shambhala Pocket Classics) (Paperback)
I am not going to repeat the content so well described in the reviews above. What I want to say is that these maxims and suggestions are just as applicable today as they may have been in the 16th century.
Gracian talks about the importance of reputation, how to build alliances and how to survive amongst people more powerful than oneself. Working in the NHS it has been incredibly useful.
Classics like 'The Prince' and 'The Art of War' often assume you are going all out to compete, or that you are in possession of power and resources you want to use to best effect. For those of us further down the food chain, this kind of advice on how to advance without treading on the toes of the people who can stamp on us is more applicable.
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