Politics of Life: 25 Rules for Survival in a Brutal and Manipulative World

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Human beings are nature's top predator. Whether inventing umbrellas to control the effects of nature or bombing nations to subdue them, we never stop seeking control. Even driving your car presents a series of roving battles and negotiations to control and defend your space, the essence of politics. Even if you prefer to live in denial and tell yourself you are above it all, you will not get far in life without learning how to deal with those who are not. Inspired by the famed sixteenth century philosopher ...
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Overview

Human beings are nature's top predator. Whether inventing umbrellas to control the effects of nature or bombing nations to subdue them, we never stop seeking control. Even driving your car presents a series of roving battles and negotiations to control and defend your space, the essence of politics. Even if you prefer to live in denial and tell yourself you are above it all, you will not get far in life without learning how to deal with those who are not. Inspired by the famed sixteenth century philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, The Politics of Life offers 25 pithy rules for surviving the politics of everyday life. The rules will at times seem harsh and cruel, perhaps even immoral. But that is what comes with the turf when you are learning to deal with others as they actually behave, not how you imagine them!
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Editorial Reviews

Larry J. Sabato
Finally, a book that cleverly uses real politics to help people gain ground in their own lives. The ten commandments will get you to heaven, but Craig Crawford's 25 rules will help you survive the purgatory on earth. Read this — before it's too late!
Helen Thomas
Craig Crawford, a Washington pundit, has written a fascinating and insightful guidebook on the use of power in public life, and ways to avoid the pitfalls. He shows it takes a little bit of Machiavelli to play the game in politics—and life—and succeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742552500
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,025,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Crawford is a journalist and television political commentator. He writes a daily blog for www.craigcrawford.com and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. He is the author of Listen Up Mr. President and Attack the Messenger: How Politicians Turn You Against the Media. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Life is a Filthy Battle for Control
Chapter 2: Better to Boldly Assert Than Cautiously Deny
Chapter 3: Love Helps, but Fear Motivates
Chapter 4: Popular Lies Beat Unpopular Truth
Chapter 5: Ambition Is Never Satisfied
Chapter 6: Only the Flexible Succeed
Chapter 7: Better to Imitate a Winner Than Be an Original Loser
Chapter 8: Never Keep Your Word If Circumstances Change
Chapter 9: To Control Others, First Walk in Their Shoes
Chapter 10: The More Visible Your Power, the More Its Limits Are Known
Chapter 11: Arrogance Makes an Easy Target
Chapter 12: Most Would Rather Follow a Leader Than Lead a Following
Chapter 13: Those Who Prefer to Lead A Following Cannot Be Trusted
Chapter 14: Never Seek a Favor That Could Cost Too Much to Return
Chapter 15: Leading the Way for Change Seldom Pays
Chapter 16: Wanting Power Requires Less Intelligence Than Seeking Power
Chapter 17: Those Who Are Dependent on You Will Be the Most Faithful
Chapter 18: A True Enemy Should Be Eliminated, Never Tolerated
Chapter 19: In Dealing with Passive Aggression, Be More Passive and More Aggressive
Chapter 20: Victory Can Sometimes Be Concealed in Compromise
Chapter 21: Implement Painful Choices Quickly to Minimize the Effects
Chapter 22: Distribute Rewards Slowly to Prolong the Effects
Chapter 23: Allowing Others to Speak Truthfully Diminishes Their Respect for You
Chapter 24: Never Postpone Inevitable Conflict
Chapter 25: The Powerful Never Give Up Control; It Must Be Taken Away
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