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Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday lifeby the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery
 
Robert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or ...
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Overview


Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday lifeby the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery
 
Robert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. In The 33 Strategies of War, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series.
 
Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 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. Structured in Greene’s trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.
 
Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life’s wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm, and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable book, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.
 
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As in his bestselling The 48 Laws of Power, Greene puts a modern spin on wisdom that has stood the test of history, only this time his role model is Sun Tzu rather than Machiavelli. The argument is fairly standard: despite our most noble intentions, "aggressive impulses that are impossible to ignore or repress" make military combat a fitting metaphor for getting ahead in life. Greene's advice covers everything from steeling one's mind for battle to specific defensive and offensive tactics-notably, the final section on "dirty" warfare is one of the book's longest. Historical lessons are outlined and interpreted, with amplifying quotations crammed into the margins. Not all of the examples are drawn from the battlefield; in one section, Greene skips nimbly from Lyndon Johnson's tenacity to Julius Caesar's decisiveness, from Joan Crawford's refusal to compromise to Ted Williams's competitive drive. Alfred Hitchcock, he says, embodies "the detached-Buddha tactic" of appearing uninvolved while remaining in total control. The diversity of subject matter compensates for occasional lapses into stilted warriorese ("arm yourself with prudence, and never completely lay down your arms, not even for friends"). For those willing to embrace its martial conceit, Greene's compendium offers inspiration and entertainment in equal measure. (Jan. 23) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143112785
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Series: Joost Elffers Books
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 23,013
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City. 

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Great Buy ! Worth every penny !

    Another amazing book by Robert Greene. I have all his books. Every person should own the whole series, parents should give their children these books so they can learn, understand and be proactive in all areas of life, but more importantly to see through others motives. Between Mr. Greenes books and Joe Vitales books, especially "Life's missing instruction manual" what child wouldn't grow up to be absolutely amazing, outstanding, wealthy, happy, well liked, admired and respected. What more would you want for yourself, your family and children. Buy all his books.. and Vitales too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    - Excellent

    - Excellent

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    A good set of case studies in strategy

    "The 33 Strategies of War is not as much about war as it is about strategies of dealing in an offensive environment and understanding strategies. Whether you are trying to hone your offense strategy or better your defensive skills to thwart other's attacks, this book provides a series of examples and interpretations to help. Mr. Greene's examples are from a wide variety of people and conditions--Napoleon, Alfred Hitchcock, Sun Tzu, Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu, Lord Nelson, Franklin Roosevelt, Hannibal, Ulysses S. Grant, and many more.

    The book is broken into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare. Each part contains a differing number of strategies, each in a chapter. Each chapter has the similar layout. There are multiple examples of political situations (most are battles, but there are plenty of political or business examples) and an accompanying interpretation. There is an occasional "instructional" section followed by examples. All chapters end with a "Reversal" section to give a brief discussion of where the strategy may not apply or a contrary view. Throughout the book Mr. Greene liberally sprinkles quotes from a variety of sources for the reader's interpretation. These are artfully laced in the margins and between sections.

    Usage: Unlike many other books in our list, this book is not necessarily read cover-to-cover. It can be used to supply information that may be relevant in specific situations. A suggested method of reading this book is to read the first section in each chapter to provide you with a "feel" for the discussion. Then when you encounter a situation where you need to know more (to improve your defenses or change your strategy) read the entire chapter or all chapters in that part. In only a few places does Mr. Greene assume you have read a previous section, those conditions are rare. Regardless, the examples will be useful, especially if you work in a variety of environments.

    A full synopsis of this book can be found at: http://ecaminc.com/Books/33Strategies.html"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Great book I have this as an ebook, if anyone is interested just

    Great book I have this as an ebook, if anyone is interested just text me 3476203448

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Whats the difference between the 9.99 version and the 18.00 version

    Somebody please help

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    General West

    His bio is at 'warrior' res 2 were the ad is. That is his whole bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Life is warfare

    A must read for any student of the human mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

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    okay

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    "The 33 Strategies of War" is honorable

    "The 33 Strategies of War", Robert Greene, a contemporary mind on warfare, interweaves timeless history, philosophy and wisdom into a sublime and prolific contemporary manual with which warfare is presented as just a job that takes place not just on the battlefields of the armed forces of the military, but is an everyday occurrence happening on all levels of life.
    Moreover, within the antidotes of notable strategies both historical and contemporary of walks of life, he has outlined strategic blueprints, wherewith, any whose desire it is to be successful in life, regardless of status, education, profession, etc., one is given and inside look into the human nature, psychological warfare and the noble principles of the art of war, with a hands on training approach therein, which will assist one in becoming a practitioner learning and mastering through applying the techniques and formulas of grand strategy within the refined discipline of intelligent and strategic warfare. For we wrestle not against the flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places-Ephesians6:12.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Usage of Psychology on warefare, politics, arts etc.

    Amazing. I couldn't find a better book that accurately displays the relations between sociology and psychology on warfare, politics, arts etc. I highly reccomend this book for anyone who wants to learn how to intelligently "think outside of the box".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    A must read!

    This book as The art of war (Sun Tzu), are good guides for those seeking knowledege and strategy. I definitely recommend it!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Necessary Reading

    The other reviews already praise this grand work. I can add nothing new there except to say that I know from experience that his strategies are perfectly correct. They have worked magnificently for me in life. My only nit picking, non essential comments are, firstly, that he might have given us more about Scipio Africanus, who was Hannibal's conqueror, using more brilliant strategy than ever Hannibal employed. Further, that Napoleon's trust in his hand picked underlings, to think for themselves, came apart at Waterloo, due to the second rate abilities of said underlings, namely Ney and Grouche. This was, of course, great for Wellington, Blucher and the alliance, but rather a bad show for Napoleon. Read this book, study this book and then USE it's tenets. You'll be happy you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    many lessons not only for battle but daily life

    This audio CD was a great listen, especially after traveling long distances. Many concepts which are used in our current military are shown to be useful in everyday life. when listening to the CD you can imagine many areas in your life where these excerpts can apply. Whether in the corporate board room or on the battlefield. These lessons are helpful in all of life's conflicts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Founder of SoulMindz Music - John Jones say's 'Get it'

    I consider this book as well as Sun-Tzu 'The Art of War' a true bible for those seeking knowledge and strategies to apply.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    Military and business strategists agree that if you cannot contend against others, you will quickly get left behind. The problem is, most people think and act tactically - not strategically. Robert Greene's intelligent book can help you change your approach. It takes a fascinating, in-depth look at some of the world's most famous master military strategists: Napoleon Bonaparte, Sun-tzu, Alexander the Great, Carl von Clausewitz, Erwin Rommel, Hannibal and many more. Greene organizes the sagacious thinking of these masterminds into 33 strategies, drawn from mostly from warfare but also from business, politics, entertainment and nature. He provides concrete ideas on how to put these cerebral concepts to practical use. The information is packed in tight. Fascinating accent pieces run in the outer margins, but alas, in small, red italics. We highly recommend this remarkable book that explains how to meet your challenges with the best battle-tested strategies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Life is war - you're the general

    Like many other people that I¿m sure have read the 48 Laws of Power and the Art of Seduction, I was immensely curious about what the 33 Strategies of War had to offer. After what numerous authors through history have written on the subject, what could anyone else possibly have to add? War is the continuation of politics by other means, says Carl von Clausewitz. In the same vein, you could say Robert Greene¿s 33 Strategies of War is a continuation of his 48 Laws of Power - by other means. In the first portion of the book he talks about self directed-, organizational and offensive warfare. He also talks about defense which is noteworthy, since everybody seems to think only attack is important. He stresses that resources are limited, and battles must be carefully chosen. The definitive theme he lays out in these first chapters is that the general is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the war and the individual ultimately responsible for the outcome of his life, which in itself is war. Winning, of course, can be the only acceptable option. In the end no one will remember or care that the odds or circumstances were against you, or that you even almost won. Everybody will only be concerned about who did win. There are also the juicy military stories and references: Sun Tzu, who elevates war and strategy to the level of poetry the disciplined Romans and their organized, inexorable war machine Hannibal, thinking creatively ¿out of the box¿ and pulling off all sorts of military surprises and the Samurai sword masters, squaring each other off physically as well as psychologically. Napoleon at Austerlitz provides a new concept that caught my interest: ¿strategic depth of thinking¿, as opposed to formulaic thinking. Strategy conventionally involves identifying an overall aim and working sequentially through a set of lesser goals, or steps, to achieve that aim. But Robert Greene points out a deeper and more profound approach that involves not just linear, or formulaic, progression towards an eventual objective, but also means working to increase one¿s options and create new opportunities along the way ¿ with every situation, with every passing event, as Napoleon did victoriously against the allies. The last part of the book ¿ Dirty Warfare ¿ reads like you¿re back again within the pages of the 48 Laws of Power. But in the 33 Strategies, the lessons appear to contradict themselves to a lesser extent, especially the ¿reversals¿ at the end of each chapter. The reversals this time not only represent contrary courses of action but provide, more appropriately, the context under which each strategy can be applied. And context: I think that should be the key word in reading all of Robert Greene¿s books - whether you chose to accept the lessons at face value or interprete them according to your own moral code. There¿s always something to learn ¿ for the hawks as well as for the doves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    one of the most unique authors

    i have read all his books, i must say his style of writing is intriguing and kind rare. The plots and examples are captivating and very persuasive.I consider his work the art of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    Everyone should read this book

    This book is above all the best books on strategy and becoming a good strategist. This book from beginning to end shows and demonstrates from history what works in strategy and the reversal of it. The author Robert Greene is one of the best authors on the subject of power and strategy there is no one that can come close to him. I recommend this book to everyone to read because. In the 33 strategies of war the author explains that most of us live in tactical hell we fight every battle instead of avoiding alot that are unnecessary and we get sucked into everyday battles. But in strategic heaven you have the perspective to not get sucked into stupid battles and you know how to stay on course to reach your end result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    'Great book for Leaders'

    This is the fifth book that I read abou military strategies and I must say this is unique. The not only mentions you the strategy and how well it can be achieved, but he teaches you by examples and reading how to obtain it, manage it, and excel on it. I consider this book as well as Sun-Tzu 'The Art of War' a true bible for those sicking knowledge on strategy in the battlefield of a military campaing as well as in personal life.

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    Posted July 17, 2010

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