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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company; Abridged edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598870912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598870916
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 68.4 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,223,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Theneed-to-know strategies that can also be used for 'winning the subtle social game of everyday life.'" Business Insider
"Greene s specialty is analyzing the lives and philosophies of historical figures like Sun Tzu and Napoleon, and extracting from them tips on how to manipulate people and situations a cutthroat worldview that has earned him a devoted following among a like-minded readership of rappers, drug dealers and corporate executives." The New York Times

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About the Author

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including "The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War," "The Art of Seduction," and "Mastery." He lives in Los Angeles.
Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, "Play with Your Food," and "How Are You Peeling?." He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
This is a book for all those deep thinkers out there.
I bought this book and the most I digested is a chapter a day, the way I see it is "its one thing understanding something, quite another knowing and applying it".
It shows us how the 33 startegies can be applied in our daily life when faced with those little everyday wars.
If you understand Sun Tzu's Art of war thoroughly you may not have much to learn from this book, but still interesting and does show how many in history applied these war principles to gain an upperhand from Samurai Grandmasters to Political leaders such as Margaret Thatcher.
Overall an interesting read and a great self help book. There'll be a chapter in there for everyone mine personally was chapter 4 bit long to explain right now but I'm sure some of these tactics outlined will bring most of you a smirk if not a smile at some point in the book. : )
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By M. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2007
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I thought 48 Laws of Power was a brilliant book but didn't manage to plough my way through the Art of Seduction. However, just reading the title I knew I had to buy The 33 Strategies of War.

And it is brilliant, I'm just 20 pages away from the end of the book now.

One thing I have found is that the book makes you think very deeply, remembering events in the past and how you might have applied these strategies to make things happen differently, so I find it's better to read when you are fully awake in the morning rather than last thing at night. I have found that if I try and read too much at once then I don't get so much value out of it because each chapter is worth thinking about in detail.

It does make you rather Machiavellian in your everyday thinking and you do need to think about your own sense of morality and make sure the book doesn't corrupt you.

For this reason I suspect that just like 48 Laws of Power I will also be periodically re-reading this book for years to come.
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Format: Paperback
Military and business strategists agree that if you cannot contend against others, you will quickly get left behind. The problem is, most people think and act tactically - not strategically. Robert Greene's intelligent book can help you change your approach. It takes a fascinating, in-depth look at some of the world's most famous master military strategists: Napoleon Bonaparte, Sun-tzu, Alexander the Great, Carl von Clausewitz, Erwin Rommel, Hannibal and many more. Greene organizes the sagacious thinking of these masterminds into 33 strategies, drawn from mostly from warfare but also from business, politics, entertainment and nature. He provides concrete ideas on how to put these cerebral concepts to practical use. The information is packed in tight. Fascinating accent pieces run in the outer margins, but alas, in small, red italics. We highly recommend this remarkable book that explains how to meet your challenges with the best battle-tested strategies.
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Format: Hardcover
I have personally read more than 150 books on self help and this one takes the cake - bar none. On the surface this book might come across as a general book on history and strategy or to some as a kind of book on manipulation, but that is just the facade. This book contains all the founding principles to help people get ahead in life, especially through personal interaction. I actually had owned this book for quite a while and was getting frustrated with having read so many self help books but still not feeling like I had retained much that was applicable to everyday situations or that I could draw from memory even though I took notes on every book I read. So one day I picked up this book again after only browsing through it before and read a couple of chapters and realized, hey, this is actually more specific to life than I had realized before, so I decided I would read it from start to finish. After a dedicated week I finished the book and decided I would read it another 2 times in the next 2 weeks so I would pick up on everything. For the first time in my life I feel like I can look at any situation and from the recall of all the principled knowledge I have read, I can instantly know what approach to take in any situation in almost samurai like fashion. It's crazy, but now when I see aggressively bold teenagers on a bus or a tense customer or an overbearing family member, it's like I see all the steps necessary to deal with the situation. For the normally analytical person this book is your lifeblood. I have to admit that it can be weary getting through the book as stories on history aren't always a sexy read, but it's tantamount to learning the piano religiously and later realizing that you can play the piano like a knife through warm butter. Robert Greene has to be the most underrated guru in the self help industry and is possibly greater than all others, albeit in a kind of covert fashion.
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This is a interesting book which is based on some of the worlds most notorious military masterminds such as Sun-tzu and Alexander the Great. The book is detailed and written well.

There is a lot of useful information but please note this book teaches corruption and immorality as tools to succeed and overwhelm the enemy. Me as a person of strong morals I embraced this information to advance my knowledge and to counter those who may use these strategies to overwhelm me.

I especially liked the Dominate while seeming to submit: The Passive Aggression Strategy and the Lose battles but Win the War, Grand Strategy. These sections were very interesting. Every one assumes wars are only played out in the battlefield but this is incorrect. War has many forms including personal, political and diplomatic. A famous quote by Mao Zedong explains this well: "Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."

Overall this is a good book which you can choose to use the information in a defensive or offensive way. It will be the readers choice.

I write reviews to help fellow customers. I hope you found my review helpful.
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