What can i say that hasn't already been said...
I was walking through the books store and this one called me out. I flipped through it and realized how dark and sinister it seemed, yet i felt the draw to check it out.
When i got home and saw it was on Audible i got it.
Let me say this... If history class had been more like this book, i would have LOVED IT! A lot of great info and the narration adds to the enthrallment.
One thing is for sure, power takes commitment.
Great read, highly recommend.
The narrator is really smarmy and the whole thing seems to be written and recorded for the misfit adult that is desperate for power. ie.the adult that played too many hours of Dungeons and Dragons as a kid and feels the need to be superior to the world. The narration should have been done straight to be taken seriously at all.
Another downside is that the stories have been abridged and the whole thing comes across as a put on.
Last downside: I went to the author's website to see what his background was. I wish that I went there first. This guy is marketing himself to the hip hop/gangsta rap community. In other words: Desparate people with destructive lives.
Lots of examples of how people didn't use a "Law of Power". It could have used more examples of sucessful examples of the "Law's of Power" being practiced. Maybe I am not made to have "Power", but many of these principles directly contradict my beliefs. In addittion one "Law of Power" will contradict another "Law of Power". I did get some insight relative to a few of the laws, but many of them just aren't very applicable as described. Save your money.
Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?
This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.
Perhaps to Greene's dismay, "Ch.2: Never letting friends to close", but sure, why not!
The "modern day Sun Tzu" always comes to mind when thinking of Greene, for histories and war content, but perhaps more abstractly Dale Carnegie's "how to make friends..."
I've heard other books read by this deep voiced man and think he captures well the often times seriousness of the subjects of war and power. Can be listened to in FF (1.5x or faster) because of his well enunciating and powerful voice.
Good reminders are provided by the almost snipit feeling passages. I definitely remember there being more info in the book (non-abridged) version. Greene packed so much good info, Leslie probably wasnt down for all that. Haha Nice to have the book around to reference for some deeper study. lengths of chapters could have been a bit longer for me but not bad on the go.
This book conatains lessons inside the lessons nevermind the history perspectives one gleans along the way. Great read with a plethora of historical reminders and leadership methods. I will definately return to this book and suggest it to both friends and co-workers.
The historical accounts of acts of deception, and manipulation throughout history that resulted in epic wins.
The examples range from the stratoshperic with major military battles being won due to theatrics, to narratives that can be applied to your own life. It will make you think of examples where taking "the high road" left you high and dry.
The narrator of this book makes you feel like a total douchebag for listening. If you listened to Atlas Shrugged, it's the same intonation of everyone you despised within the work. It's not to say that it's poorly done, the narration is appropriate. You just imagine the narrator dissapearing into a puff of smoke behind a cape at the end of every chapter amidst manical laughter.
I laughed at myself for listening then cried about it.
The preceding comments might be humorous, but the lessons within this book do hit home. Morality can be a handicap in an immoral world when it comes to business. If you don't play by the same rules as the rest of the world you'll lose because you aren't playing the same game. This was included in the reading list of the Personal MBD, and it doesn't disappoint.
This book contains valuable information for anyone who wants to survive in the business world.
The search for power has been with mankind throughout our history
All were great
Don't make your boss look bad.