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The 33 Strategies of War

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Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday life—by 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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 19th 2006 by Viking
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This guy writes the scariest books out there. Way scarier than Stephen King. Either that or the funniest. I can't tell. His amorality is so exaggerated it's hard to believe. Evil isn't one supernatural weirdo, evil is everyone everywhere all the time. War in this book is a big game between egomaniacs who don't care if they happen to kill millions of people. The author wants you to be like these crazy jerks in your daily life because otherwise crazy jerks will crush you. If people start accusing ...more
Excellent if you love History - in particular famous figures, battles, and wars. He humanizes historical people/events in a way that makes what could be dense and overwhelming reading very exciting.
Lady Jane
In 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene turns military combat into an appropriate metaphor for life in the so-called civilized world. The author introduces the book with a warning to not be deceived by the political correctness and democratic values that the modern world promotes, because beneath the splendor of the king’s court is nothing more than human nature broiling in its most aggressive essence, and rather vented through covert, subtle, and socially accepted ways. The civilized world is in ...more
Carolyn Kaufman
I’d like to give this a 3.5 stars, please.

The good:

- Lots of illustrative stories. (After seeing 300, though, I admit to rushing home and being annoyed I couldn’t find anything…especially since I knew what [wouldn’t] happen to Xerxes because I was reading this at the time.)

- A good guide to different approaches to strategy and war.

The bad:

- Usually when people say a book is too long, I assume they’re used to reading magazine articles and are kind of lazy. (I know, that’s awful.) With this, thoug
Jan 01, 2009 Erik is currently reading it
The 33 Strategies of War picks up where the 48 Laws of Power left off. Greene continues his exploration of historical figures, turning his attention to the more focused ways to fight a conflict, weather that be an actual war or a business meeting. The book is split into 5 sections, each dealing with a different type of conflict or method of fighting a conflict, from fighting defensively to dirty fighting favored by revolutionaries. He uses the same style as in the 48 Laws where he retells the hi ...more
Ben Love
I’m beginning to learn that any book by Robert Greene is a treat. The theme seems to be as follows: lots of attention-worthy historical references, crystal clear deductions from analysis, cross examination of derived points and something to take away. All wrapped up in a bow with no fluff, zero me-me-me and enough solid information to keep you thinking for at least the year after you read the book.
The topic for this Robert Greene outing: strategy. The last of his works I read were on seduction,
This book is lousy. I was constantly amazed at the author's ability to say absolutely nothing through so much of the book. If you like pseudo-philosophical catch phrases like "If you want to win a battle, fight your battle to win" Ok, I just made that up, but it would have gone along fine in the book. It's filled with all these pithy says that really don't inform the reader of anything.

Its one saving grace are the stories interspersed to highlight the points Greene is making. Many of them are go
Motaz Mohamad
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Credits to this book for teaching me everything that I need to know about strategy and survival. Brilliantly done!
This is by far one of the best, most enlightening books I have ever read. The strategies presented resonate with the business world as well as personal endeavors. Be prepared though because it takes time and a lot of thought to absorb it all. This makes it one of the most challenging books I have ever read as well but well worth every minute. I am very grateful for the recommendation of this book as well as "The 48 Laws of Power"...both have made a huge impact! thank you JD
Michael Goldsmith
Very good book, business is business. We want to all think that in an organization we are all a team. Unfortunately there are many out there that don’t care about you, the organization. They only care about what’s in it for them, or stepping on people along the way. You must learn the tools to protect yourself and the organization you care so dearly about. The tools you learn can only be used for good, or it will backfire.
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Simply one of the best books on the subject that has been written. The way that Greene flawlessly moves between teaching and giving actual historical examples of the events is perfect. This book is a must read for anyone in business, the military, or politics.
FANTASTIC BOOK on leadership
Franco Arda
Military collected more genuine intellects and risk thinkers than most if not all other professions ... and Robert Greene puts his vast knowledge of military hitory knowledge and insights into this outstanding book. He combines in a unique way strategy, philosophy and history.

The book is comprised into five parts;

The first part, SELF-DIRECTED WARFARE, is absolutely
Jul 09, 2013 Sujit rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with appetite for growth/success
The 33 strategies of war definitely one of the best works of Author Robert Greene. His audience to this book varies from prisoners to Hollywood celebrities to politicians to great generals.

The book is divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare.[19] The book is a guide to the campaign of everyday life and distills military wisdom from historical figures like Mahatma Gandhi, General Hannibal
Whoever that read The 48 Laws of Power, can easily recognize The 33 Strategies of War as its sequel. The two books intertwine in some areas, since war is primarily waged to claim power and since those obsessed with power are those who rush into the typical offensive war.

However, this book doesn't speak solely of the typical offensive war. Some of its strategies could be easily applied on conflicts in general and political disagreements in particular. Yet again, you might disagree with some of th
Omar Hegazy
not only every strategy in this book can be explained but every line, every sentence, every paragraph can be further discussed into diffirent aspects.robert greene initially puts you in well known strategic plans that military use and he applies it to your own life beginning from the self directed war fare to declare war upon yourself with a beautifull explanation of historical events of how to do this (how to see things as they are and not to color them by your emotions, and never to tie yourse ...more
Chris Gottlieb
It's a great read, but put it in context.: Being a lover of history I think this is a great read. I enjoyed Greene's 48 Laws of power mainly because of all the historical examples he used. This one was no different in that regard.

However, I would caution anyone who considers this some kind of manual for competition and conflict. When reading some of the illustrations I often got the feeling the people involved were more lucky than calculated.

Also, there are so many things that can not be contr
I'm agreeing with the consensus here that this books picks up where 48 Laws left off. It is a little bit long, and took me a while to read, but it was worth it. It's not as mental foundation-shaking as 48 Laws was, but it is filled still with strategic wisdom and raw advice. It is also delightfully garnished with interesting tales from history where people used innovated strategies to their success. I'm setting out to read biographies on Napoleon, Machiavelli, and Hitchcock to name a few because ...more
Ben Kester
"It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it." Robert E. Lee

Greene illustrates the ruthless strategies to win a war. There are easy parallels to other areas.

It's easy for me to be soft and predictable. That may be good in relationships but there are times when other strategies may be more appropriate.
Very fascinating read. We often think of "War" in the physical sense . . . Guns and ammo, tanks and bombs. But this book actually takes you through the whole strategies of the "mind game" that is involved in not only combat zones but the non-combat zones of winning the battles of minds and hearts.
People can say they are pacifists, yet, that too, is a strategy in war. The strategies can be used in everyday life. Very fascinating indeed
Marcus Solberg
Insanely interesting book about strategy. The examples in the book are mostly drawn from wars and diplomacy and the sources range from Alexander the Great to Genhis Khan, Napoleon, Churchill, and many more great strategic minds of our history. The book is packed with strategic frameworks and examples of genius strategic moves and manoeuvres, which are also picked apart and explained in detail. The strategies are also described in a way so to let the reader draw his own conclusions on how they co ...more
Marshal Mdeza
War is not only for the men in uniforms. As Paul rightly puts it; life is a daily battle. You are called upon to fight and overcome each passing day. This book is an excellent reference material that will shed light on how to fight better and which battles you must not fight so that you do not suck up the energy you require to win the war.
أحمد حسان
كتاب رائع وان كان به الكثير من الاشياء اللا اخلاقية والتى لا تنفع الا مع الاعداء ولكنه يصدر فكرة ان كل تنافس هو حرب وعليه يقدم استراتيجيات لكسب اى معركة سواء كانت حربية او اجتماعية وادق ما يمكن ان يقال عن هذا الكتاب هو انه شرح كتاب فن الحرب لصن تزو بواسطة ميكيافيللى العصر
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Hüseyin Albayrak
The writer brings the far east and European strategic ideas together and makes a good summary out of it. Each strategy is coupled with a real life object (like an animal or a natural object like water) and historical examples which makes the issue more understandable.
A must read book if you are into strategy.
Vic Duran
If you're looking for a starting point on military strategy this is your best bet.

Robert Greene does an impeccable job at detailing some of the smartest strategic minds in history. There's a lot to go over in strategy, and he goes over what I think is all of it. We learn many different ways in which one needs to prepare against their enemy or plan for an attack.

There are many different choices one must choose, and Robert Greene details them excessively so that you know which would be your best
Darrell Fisher
I actually learn several tips on how to deal with people that don't have my interest in mind I didn't agree with ever principle of the book but I gained a lot of insight on how to deal with a opponent

Great book
Choong Chiat
A good read but one may find the contents of this book somewhat repetitive in nature, especially if one has already read "The 48 Laws of Power" (a previous book by the same author) before.
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Best-selling author and public speaker, Robert Greene was born in Los Angeles. He attended U.C. California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire; and in Hollywood as a story developer and
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