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What Would Machiavelli Do?: The Ends Justify the Meanness | [Stanley Bing]

What Would Machiavelli Do?: The Ends Justify the Meanness

The focus of What Would Machiavelli Do? is on what works and how to get it done. Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a significant edge over the competition. The goal is to learn how to approach problems in a manner that is at once creative, geared toward achieving financial success, and refreshingly amoral.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is Stanley Bing at his best, giving you what may be the meanest business book in recent history.

The focus of What Would Machiavelli Do? is on what works and how to get it done. Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a significant edge over the competition. The goal is to learn how to approach problems in a manner that is at once creative, geared toward achieving financial success, and refreshingly amoral.

Balance the yin of What Would Machiavelli Do? with its yang, Throwing the Elephant.

©2002 Stanley Bing; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The ultimate guide to corporate backstabbing." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Successful, amoral satire on how to ruthlessly get to the top without guilt." (Booklist)

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    Kerwin New York, NY, USA 05-11-04
    Kerwin New York, NY, USA 05-11-04
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    "A very funny tongue in cheek book"

    I didn't know what to expect from this book, a history lesson, a how to guide. It's both and neither. It's just a funny condemnation of greed in our modern corporate culture.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lazaro CancunMexico 06-29-05
    Lazaro CancunMexico 06-29-05
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    "One of the best books you will ever come accross"

    It is funny, it is cruel, it acomplishes teaching of the strategy.

    Machiavelly would be proud of Stanley Bing. You will too!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MzJC USA 07-02-14
    MzJC USA 07-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "FRIENDS ACQUAINTANCES COWORKERS WE ALL LOVED IT!!!"
    What did you love best about What Would Machiavelli Do??

    I loved the wit, the humor, the raw reality of it, the comedic delivery of what some take as gospel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ted Turner. No. Donald Trump. No wait...Barry Diller...I can't decide. I need to listen to it again. You'd think I would be able to answer this question after listening to snippets of this audio book almost everyday...Bluetooth...in the car...i pod...tablet...at home...where-ever... I got this audio book for entertainment and to poke fun at my driven co-workers...this book is a hoot!!! Looking for a business text book? Well...the Prince would love nothing more than to mold you. : )


    Which character – as performed by Philip Bosco – was your favorite?

    Stanley Bing. of course.


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

    Shug Knight showing Vanilla Ice the finer points of his position.


    Any additional comments?

    Phillip Bosco's narration absolutely made this book the entertaining experience that it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick C Pacific Palisades, CA USA 06-05-13
    Patrick C Pacific Palisades, CA USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Insultingly Aweful"

    Avoid at all costs. I wish I had paid attention to the other reviews that said the same thing.

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    Chris conesus, NY, United States 11-30-11
    Chris conesus, NY, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining spin on management or business books"

    have you had to read any of the books about business, or business theory? Bing's satire makes the "normal" books on business topics bearable. You are likely to see your boss, or yourself, in at least one of his examples. Try not to laugh out lound in you meeting when you think about your boss conquering the beach like Coligula though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    isaac Boulder, CO, United States 02-04-11
    isaac Boulder, CO, United States 02-04-11
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    "Short but still a bit too long"

    For a tounge un cheek book, it goes on a bit long even with its limited number of pages. It is funny, but would have made a better extended essay.

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    Robert United States 06-06-12
    Robert United States 06-06-12
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    "I WANT MY MONEY BACK - THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!"
    What disappointed you about What Would Machiavelli Do??

    THE PREVIEW FUNCTION DID NOT WORK SO I DECIDED TO TAKE A CHANCE BASED UPON THE OTHER FEEDBACK THAT WAS PROVIDED. BIG MISTAKE, THIS IS THE WORST BUSINESS BOOK THAT I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE REMOTELY USEFUL. HOW DID THIS THING EVER GET PUBLISHED? I AM SURPRISED THAT AUDIBLE EVEN PUT THEIR NAME BEHIND THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE!!!


    What was most disappointing about Stanley Bing’s story?

    NO USEFUL INFORMATION. THE CONTENT IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Philip Bosco’s performances?

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER, DISAPPOINTMENT, DISGUST


    Any additional comments?

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I WISH I COULD GET MINE BACK!!!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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