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.
"The ultimate guide to corporate backstabbing." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Successful, amoral satire on how to ruthlessly get to the top without guilt." (Booklist)
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.
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!!!
NO USEFUL INFORMATION. THE CONTENT IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD.
ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!
ANGER, DISAPPOINTMENT, DISGUST
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. I WISH I COULD GET MINE BACK!!!
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.
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.
It is funny, it is cruel, it acomplishes teaching of the strategy.
Machiavelly would be proud of Stanley Bing. You will too!
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