Mastery

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The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to The 48 Laws of Power

Mastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past masters as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Leonard da Vinci, as well as by interviewing nine contemporary ...

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Overview

The #1 New York Times–bestselling sequel to The 48 Laws of Power

Mastery synthesizes the years of research Robert Greene conducted while writing the international bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction and demonstrates that the ultimate form of power is mastery itself. By analyzing the lives of such past masters as Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Leonard da Vinci, as well as by interviewing nine contemporary masters, including tech guru Paul Graham and animal rights advocate Temple Grandin, Greene debunks our culture’s many myths about genius and distills the wisdom of the ages to reveal the secret to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.

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The author of The 48 Laws of Power believes that stories of success breed success. To prove his point, Robert Greene taps the wisdom mined from the lives of self-possessed creators including Mozart, Edison, Darwin, and Temple Grandin. A crisply written collection of lessons from the masters.

Publishers Weekly
We are born masters but sometimes, especially during the trials of adulthood, we need external guidance to reach our potential, says bestselling author Greene (The 48 Laws of Power). His description of mastery is reminiscent of what positive psychologists describe as "flow": a state that feels effortless once achieved. Yet mastery requires work. Greene outlines the process in nearly 50 steps, with several overarching themes: retaining a child's sense of wonder, learning from other masters, and avoiding financially motivated goals. The steps are interspersed with the stories of people who have famously achieved success: the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Mozart, Temple Grandin, and many more. Relatively few of these examples are contemporary, which poses the question of whether such mastery is possible in our current economic and profit-driven environment. And 48 steps are a little much for even the mastery-oriented mind, and Greene's presentation is disjointed and occasionally confusing. But what this book lacks in clarity it makes up for in its stories and persistent encouragement—the inspiration that is essential for anybody who strives to live a full, mastered life. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Want to be the master of your universe? Greene shows you how by looking at the folks who have done it before you, from middling-student Charles Darwin to Temple Grandin, Henry Ford, and more. Since Greene's books (e.g., The 48 Laws of Power) have sold more than a million copies, he must have something to say to folks out there.
Kirkus Reviews
Greene (The 33 Strategies of War, 2007, etc.) believes that genius can be learned if we pay attention and reject social conformity. The author suggests that our emergence as a species with stereoscopic, frontal vision and sophisticated hand-eye coordination gave us an advantage over earlier humans and primates because it allowed us to contemplate a situation and ponder alternatives for action. This, along with the advantages conferred by mirror neurons, which allow us to intuit what others may be thinking, contributed to our ability to learn, pass on inventions to future generations and improve our problem-solving ability. Throughout most of human history, we were hunter-gatherers, and our brains are engineered accordingly. The author has a jaundiced view of our modern technological society, which, he writes, encourages quick, rash judgments. We fail to spend the time needed to develop thorough mastery of a subject. Greene writes that every human is "born unique," with specific potential that we can develop if we listen to our inner voice. He offers many interesting but tendentious examples to illustrate his theory, including Einstein, Darwin, Mozart and Temple Grandin. In the case of Darwin, Greene ignores the formative intellectual influences that shaped his thought, including the discovery of geological evolution with which he was familiar before his famous voyage. The author uses Grandin's struggle to overcome autistic social handicaps as a model for the necessity for everyone to create a deceptive social mask. Readers unfamiliar with the anecdotal material Greene presents may find interesting avenues to pursue, but they should beware of the author's quirky, sometimes misleading brush-stroke characterizations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101579718
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 420,973
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Will there be an audio version coming soon??

    Will there be an audio version coming soon??

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Good Book

    Robert Greene always comes through with new and innovative material.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Classic

    Classic read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    A masterpiece!

    By far, one of the best book I've ever read! Robert Greene will definitely inspire you to do your own "mastery.“

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Great Book, Robert Greene really made me really dig deep into my

    Great Book, Robert Greene really made me really dig deep into myself and thoughts. Its like reading a psychology book on my life to make me a better person 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Mastery is a Masterpiece!!!

    This is Robert Greene at his best! It is now in my top 10 favorite books. Bravo Robert!!!

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