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The 33 Strategies of War

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  8,437 ratings  ·  422 reviews
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 (first published March 3rd 2005)
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Daniel Anaka An indirect approach to conflict management through historical examples and how these stories can apply in today's world.

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Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Issa Deerbany
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رغم ان الكتاب من عنوانه يدور حول الحروب واستراتيجيتها ، فإن الكتاب من صنف التنمية البشرية.

٣٣ استراتيجية يمكن اتباعها في الحروب ضد العدو ، ثم يقوم بربطها في حياتنا اليومية ، في العمل في التعامل مع الأصدقاء، وحتى مع عائلتك.

الأمثلة التي يستشهد بها الكاتب رائعة ومن جميع مراحل التاريخ. استخدمها قادة عظام في حروبهم واتصاراتهم.

بالاضافة الى أقوال خالدة لقادة على مر التاريخ أدرجت اقوالهم على حواشي الكتاب بما يتناسب مع الموضوع او الاستراتيجية المتبعة.

كتاب ممتع ومشوق.
Lady Jane
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Carolyn Kaufman
Jul 13, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Ben Love
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
"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
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
يا خبر ابيض ...رحلة طويلة عشتها مع الكتاب دا و اخيرا خلص
فى لحظات انا مكنتش بقراه و انما كنت بدرسه

رحلة من منتصف شهر 11-2016 و لحد 5-1-2017
قريته و انا منشكح و و انا زعلان و انا مركز و و انا مش مركز
قريته و انا بردان و و انا بردان "اوى"

الكتاب لا يقصد استراتيجيات الحرب الحرب اللى هى مدافع و دبابات و انما الامثلة الحربية هى فقط اسقاطات عملية على اسلوب تفكيرنا ك بشر
الكتاب برضه فى امثلة ل حروب و صراعات و انتخابات و صفقات و ماتشات
انتهت مش للاقوى و انما لذو الاستراتيجية
احيانا كونك الاقوى فقط لا يضمن لك ا
Oct 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 01, 2009 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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book to study, not to read. The magical combo of Robert Greene, with all the branches of the human sciences served together in the same platter. For me, it is such a delight.
The only problem with the book is that with such heavy advice on winning over others, one cannot help but project the strategies and stories included within them on the people in one's circle. Every time I picked the book, an image of someone would pop to my mind and be today's enemy. Not to mention how I kept bera
Mohamed Adam
Dec 02, 2014 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
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Credits to this book for teaching me everything that I need to know about strategy and survival. Brilliantly done!
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a lovely sunny afternoon, and I'm sitting here in my flat near the window enjoying the flair and pleasant atmosphere!!!
I'm asking myself how to review such an awesome book as this....
Let me begin by saying that this indeed is one of the most important books I have ever read in my entire life so far.
In my humble opinion it should become a compulsory read for everyone who wants to cope
successfully with the strains and pressures which modern life demands from all of us!!!
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Ahmed Zunair Cheema
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.

Michael Goldsmith
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Franco Arda
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC BOOK on leadership
Ejber Aydin
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Greene does not disappoint with The 33 Strategies Of War. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in history, business, the military, or politics.
Omar Hegazy
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robert-greene
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
At first, I had high hopes for this book. However, as I began reading through it, I cannot stand the little excerpts on the side of the page. I try to read them as I progress from page to page, yet, it just distracts from the story I was already reading about (some of these excerpts stretch across 3 pages). However, I did enjoy all of the different stories, and their possible application. I do not always agree with the application, however.
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