Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.
This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.
I've gotten into this audiobook reluctantly, thinking it's going to be about a group of horny womanizers going through an orgy of sexual conquests. It seemed to head that way at first, until it discussed their tactics with NLP and hypnosis, two topics I've had some interest in for a while now. Afterward, it starts turning into a cliche riddled story in which some of the pickup artists start having feelings for a girl they met and try to keep the other pickup artists away from her.
It's a weird story riddled with shameless sexual descriptions of "conquests" in the first half, followed by a rise to the top and the benefits it brings in the third quarter of the book, and then a sobering fourth quarter where the sex parts are downplayed in favor of discussing feelings and conflicts on interest.
I give it four stars for being unlike any audiobook I've ever gone through.
This book explains why some "facts" people spread are false, and how bias, half-baked ideas and the psychological desire to be heard can come in the way of hard, concrete facts.
After reading this book, I became more reserved on accepting the news I receive until I can actually verify the facts.
For everyone willing to expand their intellectual or global horizons, this book contains the cautionary tales required to avoid some pitfalls.