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A. Krause

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  • Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Pfeffer
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers. Power is a force that can be used and harnessed not only for individual gain but also for the benefit of organizations and society. Power, however, is not something that can be learned from those in charge....

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Excellent Advice"
    "I Don't Like To Play Politics"
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    Everyone says it. "I don't like to play politics." And that's true for most people, even the ones who are good at it. We all play the game. The trick is to not let the game play you. So whether you want to play politics or not, you need to know about how power manifests, distributes and concentrates within human social hierarchies. This book delivers an excellent explanation of power, how its leveraged and the dangers faced by powerful people. The lessons are practical - you can begin to exercise principles immediately to make your work life easier or to increase or organizational effectiveness. This is easily the best book I've listened to so far. It is a great blend of content and performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (294)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Joseph M. Dolan says: "Excellent Book about Little Known History"
    "A Hidden History"
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    What did you love best about Lost to the West?

    If you've ever wondered about what became of the remnants of the Empire of Rome after it fell, or what was going on in the rest of the world, Lost to the West answers those questions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Featuring parade of cynical emporers, brash pretenders, bold usurpers and grasping regents, the line of Roman success in both the East and West combines with notable characters from all walks of life to weave a non-fiction historical account of the empire.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most notably, it was a Constantine who ushered in the Byzantine Empire and a Constantine who lead the empire into oblivion not with a wimper, but in the proud tradition of Greek heroism.


    Any additional comments?

    The story of Byzantium is rarely told in this detail among westerners where the legends of Rome and Greece stop in the middle of the first millennium. However, the Byzantine empire sheltered the west from eastern conquest, and when it fell the remnants proved to be seeds for the Renaissance in the west, the age of discovery and for Czarist rule in the north. Our world is very much shaped by the legacy of Byzantium, and this is the book that connects the dots in the picture of the modern world.

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