In the third book of this ruthless and unique series, Robert Greene applies the ancient wisdom of war to strategies for life. Spanning world civilisations, synthesising dozens of political, philosophical and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed ...
In the third book of this ruthless and unique series, Robert Greene applies the ancient wisdom of war to strategies for life. Spanning world civilisations, synthesising dozens of political, philosophical and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in the history of war. Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you in life's wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid un-winnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate that prudence, agility, balance and calm and a keen understanding that rational, resourceful and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative and the stupid. An indispensable book, War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.
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What a wealth of information. If you like history, war or strategy. I love the stories and the examples more the terms and uses. To hear about Xenophon, Alexander, Themistocles, Hannibal . . . it was like being in High School and College again. He should make a documentary. It would be raining information. I think it should be a good course reader for class. Sometime for a World History course as a reader's guide for students on or off the course.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-12-12 As in his bestselling The 48 Laws of Power, Greene puts a modern spin on wisdom that has stood the test of history, only this time his role model is Sun Tzu rather than Machiavelli. The argument is fairly standard: despite our most noble intentions, "aggressive impulses that are impossible to ignore or repress" make military combat a fitting metaphor for getting ahead in life. Greene's advice covers everything from steeling one's mind for battle to specific defensive and offensive tactics-notably, the final section on "dirty" warfare is one of the book's longest. Historical lessons are outlined and interpreted, with amplifying quotations crammed into the margins. Not all of the examples are drawn from the battlefield; in one section, Greene skips nimbly from Lyndon Johnson's tenacity to Julius Caesar's decisiveness, from Joan Crawford's refusal to compromise to Ted Williams's competitive drive. Alfred Hitchcock, he says, embodies "the detached-Buddha tactic" of appearing uninvolved while remaining in total control. The diversity of subject matter compensates for occasional lapses into stilted warriorese ("arm yourself with prudence, and never completely lay down your arms, not even for friends"). For those willing to embrace its martial conceit, Greene's compendium offers inspiration and entertainment in equal measure. (Jan. 23) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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