Yes. Because in it lies several techniques on how to manuaver and cover all terrains of the any human relationship.
The authors careful disection.
I liked his delivery, his pauses were acurate and dramatic.
The concept of power has been diluted by our need to be "civilized", but it still very much exerts a powerful force over our society.
This book was friggin' awesome. I reconmend it to anyone, anywhere.
the practical examples
the last part about setting your own standards of wisdom and guiding yourself rather than allowing others to guide you
I was at first freaked out by the sheer evilness of this book. my intention for reading it was to understand how people think and how they feel towards me so i can better handle interactions with them. this book is good for those who feel themselves to be manipulated by others
I enjoyed the historical figures and how many of them applied tactics that helped them succeed in shaping history.
Hannibal and Me
yes I would
Yes I would
Somewhat. Didn't like skipping pages.
yes, I would
Didn't like how the audible file skipped through several parts of the book. That I wouldn't have known had I not had the printed copy.
The Island Maven
If you come away with just a few ideas the listen was worth it.
Interesting histosrical stories and conclusions.
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.
Interesting snippets of history with sometimes conflicting and often overly generalized conclusions. The lessons are valuable "Don't outshine the boss", "play your cards close to your vest", some lessons are harsh "crush your enemies lest they crush you". The "lessons" are all generally valid and useful to hear now and then, but not very deep. I found the swarmy vocal presentation and the "Godfather" musical transitions amusing and comical.
Yet the book was well worth the $6 sale price, mostly for the historical anecdotes, which will prompt more research on your own. I had never heard of Count Victor Lustig and how he swindled Al Capone out of $5000.00 without getting himself killed.
I agree with another reviewer that most of the wisdom is in the Biblical Proverbs. If you read Proverbs with the idea of:"How have others in history, and how can I personally profit materially from these truths of human nature?" you will get this book. If you want see what life looks like when lived according that idea, read Ecclesiastes.