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Thunder in the Sky: Secrets on the Acquisition and Exercise of Power

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Understanding the development and practice of power—based on an in-depth observation of human psychology—has been a part of traditional Chinese thought for thousands of years and is considered a prerequisite for mastering the arts of strategy and leadership. Thunder in the Sky presents two secret classics of this ancient Chinese tradition. The commentary by Thomas Cleary— ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Shambhala (first published 1993)
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Jason Gilbert
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I would suggest this a required reading before one tried the I Ching or Da De Jing or Hua Hu Ching.
Mike Wigal
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is not a book one can simply read and therefore understand Taoist philosophy. Taoism is deeply cultural. I lived in a Taoist monastery in China (Wu Dang Shan) for nearly a year. We ate, slept and lived the Tao. In the end I had the merest glimmer of understanding. It's barely relevant to most modern day Chinese. That said there are moments of enlightenment.

But for western minds perhaps a better book would be "48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene.
Pamela Patterson
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Thunder in the Sky is a relatively quick read, but it packs quite a punch in its 180 pages. It takes the basic principles of Machiavelli, combines it with the teachings of Lao Tzu, and shows how they can be applied in the modern corporate arena to effectively gain power.
Jason Mills
Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Not what I thought it was going to be. The book has little to no practical use. For those interested in this topic, read Robert Greene's "48 Laws of Power".
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