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.
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.
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.
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.
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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