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33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. It's the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and is abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, movie moguls to samurai swordsmen.

©2007 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Strategy for Life

Required Reading for Entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to understand human nature and social dynamics

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Very good especially for the history savy

Overall I loved the book. It is written in the traditional Robert Greene fashion, with lots of examples which are repeated in order to prove different points or different stages of a process. I personally love this style as he does not hurry up to draw a conclusion.

However it is packed full of examples from ancient history, and for me personally it would have been better to use more modern day examples. This is why I found myslef wandering of at times and had to rewind. But for someone who loves ancient history this is a 5 star book, no doubt about it. And the voice of the narrator is top notch. Would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the matter or strategy but be prepared with patience as the book is long and tackles a lot of ideeas and stories.

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Excerpts

This is a execellent audio book of advice, the narrators matter of fact voice and the odd representation of the world shines a new light on everything with its excerpts quotes and stories from fables and real world occurrences. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has free time.

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Worth Every Penny and Every Re-Read

Love Robert Greene. Love this book! Best "self-help" series out there. Need I say more?

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good listen while driving......... .

good listen while driving. use this or defend against it. I ended up reading more about each person in the story

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Great for thinkers

What I like most about this book and its counter part the 48 laws of power is the style in which the author delivers a ton of information. The stories he tells are real and are from the lives of many different well known and influential people from different time periods. Its like having someone piece together twenty or thirty biographies of interesting peoples lives and getting just the good parts. I enjoyed 48 laws of power more but the principles in this book make you think a lot. I found myself looking inward and asking myself how I acted in certain social situations in and outside of the work place.

It is a very interesting and well done work!

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terrifyingly good

this book nails so many things it's hard to cover it all in a review. just BUY THE BOOK
if you enjoy history buy the book
if you enjoy drama buy the book
you you like conflict buy the book
if you like practical applications buy the book

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Great Audiobook, Recommended

Robert Greene is my best author. Nice narrative voice in the audio. Long but worth it

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A Must Read for Self-Empowerment

This is the most empowering book I've ever read. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." This book tells you how to react.

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a must read

captivated yet again I can't thank the author enough for this information I think it's every Americans civic duty to read this man's works

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  • Pad de Braye
  • 02-05-18

Valuable and Insightful Lessons but...

This enormous tome provides many Valuable and Insightful Lessons only there seems to be an underlying presumption that no one can be trusted and everyone is really out to get one over you at every and any chance they can. I really don't think this is a healthy nor a productive view of people to maintain, even though of course it may save your I'm falling into somebody else's schemes wanna sing awhile.

The book contains many excellent stories from history. Continual references to Napoleon, lessons from the I Ching and Samurai.

Despite my reservations about the author's somewhat paranoid premis (I'm not sure I'd want to do business with him), I know I'll listen to this book again... Maybe several times.

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  • Alex
  • 09-30-16

awesome insight into the mind of war

loved the book, clear structure and good examples from a wide range of sources. A real insight in to war and modern life

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  • J. C. Maynard-daley
  • 08-24-15

Great read but an abrupt ending

Great read but an abrupt ending

Would highly recommend this for anyone who would benefit from learning the art of strategic thinking

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  • John Hodgson
  • 12-02-17

The historical examples are fantastic

I'm not sure if this will help me improve my daily interactions, but I found the historical examples fascinating. To me, history at it's best is meant to give greater understanding of the present, and this book definitely does that

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  • Dan Friend
  • 04-16-17

Know your enemy.

An extraordinary and challenging book, dangerous in the wrong hands, and vital in the right.

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  • adam
  • 12-03-16

well structured and great historical examples

This audio book was really interesting, it has great historical examples a great read. Helps you arm for the political work place

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  • David Jones
  • 10-18-18

Always Keep Eyes On Opponent

An immense amount of wisdom within.
Highly recommended for anyone who fancies taking over the world.

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  • Kurotaku
  • 06-05-18

Thoroughly grounded and expert delivery

A comprehensive overview and examination of numerous historical examples, the contents of this book are lent a certain gravitas by the orator’s elocution to result in an overall captivating listening experience.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-08-18

intense!

Well, I listened to the whole book. Given its length, I guess I enjoyed it! Pretty dark but very interesting.

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  • Jason Denison
  • 11-15-17

Another brilliant book by Robert Greene!

This book is brilliant!! Must read if you like your history and strategy you will love this book.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-21-18

A paradigm shift for the critical mind

Well sourced and evidenced. A book that, while radical, makes no demands on your credulity. using evidence to sweep the clouds of culture away to see the world as it truely is, the 33 strategies of war is a paradigm shift for the critical mind.

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  • Aaron
  • 07-05-16

Excellent

Loved the lessons in this book. Some timeless strategies of war that translates wonderfully to the modern business world.

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  • jack harland
  • 10-12-18

Mind expanding!!

Thoroughly interesting the whole way through. Never a dull moment if the content. If you're interested in military history and the study of human nature then this is a must read!!