- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (11 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891026
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891023
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – 11 Jan 2012
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"A vital gem...A kick in the ass for all of us with a tendency towards procrastination."
"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation."
About the Author
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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The War of Art might be the last diversion you take into doing something that you shouldn't be doing. After you've read it you might actually end up doing what you should be. Or you could put everything off just a little longer by writing a review of it for Amazon.
If parts one and two are good as far as they go, the third part of the book jumps off a very high pier. It's largely concerned with the author's loopy religious and philosophical ideas, which, if you didn't know better, would place him somewhere around the early 20th Century, before Freud's ideas found common currency, before World War I made people rethink the idea of progress. Back then, the best explanation for irrational drives in our lives was probably something like bad demons and good angels, which is what the author of The War of Art has settled on as the most likely explanation. To be fair to Pressfield, he does say you can call it what you like; I called it `wishful thinking'.Read more ›
Pressfield's book is without a doubt the most intriguing and genuine motivational book out there to date. It's written in plain tongue with no technical rubbish or pen-in-hand techniques that nobody would want to even try. It's staright talk; we've got an enemy, fight it! I couldn't put it down. Read it in a day. By the end of it I felt I could achieve anything and like some weirdo bible thing I have tuned to it since whenever I feel like I want to do something because most of the time I know I won't do what I want without a good push. Steven Pressfield's War of Art is that push. It's the compass that guides you toward success.
I'll go ahead and say that there *is* some good advice in here, mainly relating to just kicking yourself in the a*se and getting the work done. It's just so sad that it's veiled with woo-woo rubbish.
It's short, I read it in a couple of hours. I think that's probably a blessing in disguise, 'cos I really wouldn't want to waste much time on this drivel.
Here are my main bones of contention:
- 'Resistance' (the author's affected term for procrastination) causes cancer and mental illnesses. Resisting your calling, and following a different path, will result in your death. Basically.
- If Hitler hadn't diverged from his path as an artist ('cos of that old Resistance malarkey), there wouldn't have been a tyrannical war resulting in hundreds-of-thousands of deaths. He probably also got cancer.
- If you DO get cancer, then you need to take a long, hard look at your life, and follow your calling. The cancer will probably just disappear if you do that.
- Drugs, drink problems, social issues, all down to that pesky resistance.
- When you DO overcome procra.. RESISTANCE, people around you will become sick. Yep. (I'm not sure if they get cancer, the author didn't specify).
- About 30% of the book is dedicated to woo-woo cr*p about Muses & Angels.
- All your critics are just envious. All of them. And they probably have cancer.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is completely made up by marketing companies. See also: seasonal affective disorder and social anxiety disorder.
The author of this book doesn't seem to have taken into account the different lives that people have.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book on the process of creativity. Pressfield tends towards a belief that God (or Life) is responsible for funneling creativity through you. Read morePublished 3 days ago by William J. Fox
I now know about resistance, and barriers that are put up to stop us achieving our goals, whether by ourselves or others. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Laban-mitchell
Amazing book, Life changing and eye opening
It's a must read for anyone but especially for anyone looking to make a change in their life!
I see a lot of negative reviews for this book, I found it a fascinating and gripping read. Maybe it just happened to be the book I need right now but almost every line in this book... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This Book is life changing seriously, it came at the exact right moment for me and echoed everything I am feeling. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Eva Abraham
An enlightening look at the creative process. Melted a stone cold materialist's heart. Would recommend to anyone who is trying to give birth to something.Published 29 days ago by L S B Talbert
Disappointing book, read it all in one sitting. Not worth the price, many of the pages are half filled in large font, and the book has little substantial content at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Maze
Steven Pressfield is, by his own words, a religious man.
If you are familiar with religious books you will understand.
This book is a thinly veiled religious book. Read more