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New in the bestselling amoral series-a brilliant distillation of the strategies of war that can help us gain mastery in the modern world Robert Greene's groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction, espouse profound, timeless less
ebook, 496 pages
Published December 14th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published March 3rd 2005)
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Andy
Mar 13, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lady Jane
Feb 17, 2012 Lady Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Serena
Jan 13, 2009 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Erik
Jan 01, 2009 Erik is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan
Oct 09, 2009 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
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
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Jeremy
"The 33 Strategies of War" basically assumes you're a member of the fucking Borgias family--everyone you meet is an enemy or a stragtegic friend, and both groups will likely undermine you. I feel like Robert Greene has read way too much Machiavelli, and now sees his entire life in those terms.

While I found the Game of Thronesy political/strategic angle entertaining, it becomes wearisome after 200 pages or so. Green's prose isn't awful, but he's very repetitive. On the plus side, he throws in a
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Motaz Mohamad
اذا كنت تريد ان تكون لك رؤيه استراتيجيه واسعه
و تفهم اليات الصراع ليس فقط بين الدول ولكن في مؤسستك التي تعمل بها
بشكل عميق و شامل
لا غنى لك عن هذا الكتاب
النصيحه الوحيده
هذا الكتاب ليس لمبتدئي القرائه ينصح به للمخضرمين و طوال النفس وواسعي العقول
أميــــرة
لم أدرك قبل الآن أن آخر كتاب انتهيتُ من قرائته وأضفته هنا كان منذ خمسة أشهر! لا أدري هل هذا فقط بسبب ما طرأ على نمط حياتي في الأشهر الأخيرة من تغيرات نتجت عن وقفتي القاسية مع نفسي، أم أن الكتب التي وقع عليها اختياري في تلك الفترة كانت غير مناسبة، أم أنني -ببساطة- فقدتُ شغفي بالقراءة. لكن لكي لا أقسو على نفسي، وأنا أشفق عليها من اتهامها بترك القراءة، عليّ أن أثني عليها لما حققتْه في الأشهر القليلة الماضية من ثبات على الأهداف ومقاومة لكل المغريات، والتخلي عن عادات سيئة وأشخاص أسوأ، وأن ألتمس لها ك ...more
Ben Love
Dec 29, 2012 Ben Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Nada
Mr. Greene writes the realist s*** ever. He never fails to surprise me and INTEREST me.

This book is very strategic and it's not really about waging wars, it's more like strategies to use whether in your business or your life to be in control and know how to act.

Powerful tips and it takes a lot of nerves and courage to be applied in one's life.

It's excellent especially to those who love History. He's so good in taking us back in time and paint the picture clear for us in a very smart way.

Excitin
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Kat
Oct 03, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Credits to this book for teaching me everything that I need to know about strategy and survival. Brilliantly done!
Ahmed Zunair Cheema
May 02, 2015 Ahmed Zunair Cheema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
For Robert Greene, life is a continuous struggle; it is nothing short of a perpetual war. In his ‘The 33 Startegies of War’, he has drawn an interesting portrayal of the way the rules of warfare can be put to application in our relationships, work place & other spheres of daily life.
As in his ‘The 48 Laws of Power’, the author has relied heavily upon historical narrative. However, it is 'less Machiavellian' than his previous work. The book is littered with sparkling pearls of practical wisdo
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Mohamed Adam
May 23, 2015 Mohamed Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
33 طريقة للحياة على هذه الأرض
يمكن تلخيص الهدف من قراءة هذا الكتاب في مقولة من سفر أيوب تقول " حرب هي حياة الإنسان على الأرض "
يميل الناس للعيش في سلام وأن يتخيلوا عالما مثاليا من الحب والتعاون وحب الخير للآخرين
ولا يريدوا أن يصدقوا حتى بعد تجربتهم أن الحياة شديدة القسوة
ولا تستطيع مواجهة مجرمين لا أخلاقيين بمثالية في كل الأحوال

البعض فسر الحروب بأن سببها هو التطرف الديني وأن الأديان هي سبب الحروب دائما
ولكن هذا غير صحيح فالتاريخ منذ قبل الميلاد ممتلأ بقصص حروب عظيمة لا علاقة لها بأي دين
وكم من ا
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Suellen
Sep 06, 2011 Suellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fred
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.
Franco Arda
Oct 03, 2011 Franco Arda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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;
I) SELF-DIRECTED WARFARE
II) ORGANIZATIONAL (TEAM) WARFARE
III) DEFENSIVE WARFARE
IV) OFFENSIVE WARFARE
V) UNCONVENTIONAL (DIRTY) WARFARE

The first part, SELF-DIRECTED WARFARE, is absolutely
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Sujit
Jul 09, 2013 Sujit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marwa
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
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Omar Hegazy
Oct 06, 2015 Omar Hegazy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Nu-Jahat-Jabin
চরম বোরিং। আমার মত সাধারন পাবলকিদের জনয না। পৃষঠার পর পৃষঠা জঞানগরভ কথা। অনেকগুলাই কনটরাডিকটরি টাইপ। এই পেজে সিচুয়েশন অনুসারে যেটা গরেট সটরাটেজি পেজ পরেই সেটা হাসযকর।
ভাল দিক টা ইলাসটরেশন গুলা সুনদর সমগর বইতে এইগুলা দেখেই মজা পাইছি আর পরতিটা সটরাটেজিরি শুরুতে কিছু ঘটনা বরননা করেছে সেগুলা সুনদর লাগছে।
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Robert
Oct 06, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FANTASTIC BOOK on leadership
Waseem
May 18, 2015 Waseem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a great book - the only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars (vs 4 I gave) was because it's very similar to Sun Tzu's "Art of War" book

Some may find this book harsh, offensive or even obsolete as it talks about effective "War Strategies" which perhaps should be aimed "ruthless" or "Machiavellian" type people - yet if you read between the lines and really understand the point of this book then this couldn't be further from the truth

The real truth is - the case studies of various wars
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Yosep
Aug 03, 2011 Yosep rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marcus Solberg
Dec 18, 2014 Marcus Solberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lanko
Jun 30, 2016 Lanko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
Insightful and an indispensable view on the world and life. While 48 Laws of Power felt more like personal advices, 33 Strategies of War focuses on action and reactions to the outside world, on a macro level.

I have no doubt that Robert Greene's books will, in time, be as important and highly regarded in our modern times just like The Art of War, The Art of Wordly Wisdom and The Prince were and still are. Maybe even more complete.
Vijai
Nov 23, 2015 Vijai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paradigmshifters
Look, Robert Greene is the new age philosopher who writes about "fuck the world before it fucks you" thought process. If that repulses you then please do yourself a favour and don't read this book.


What I liked:

1) One can tell that this book took a lot of researching. Holy shit! the historical stories are just one a many.

2) The chapters had a logical flow to them unlike his previous books where stratagems were just strewn all over the place.


What I did not like:

1) He tends to add these sid
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Ben Kester
Feb 12, 2015 Ben Kester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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.
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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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