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The 33 Strategies of War

Written by: Robert Greene
Narrated by: Don Leslie
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social games of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene's trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the 33 chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life's wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars.

The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm - and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable guide, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you will need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.

©2006 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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"Greene's compendium offers inspiration and entertainment in equal measure." (Publishers Weekly)

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The detailed examples adds a lot of real world value

I really enjoyed this audio book. The content is amazing as well as the examples explained in detailed adds a whole new dimension to the interpretation of the subject in discussion.

I’ve learnt a lot and i feel it will be very useful to my work and life in general.

I highly recommend this Audio book to anyone looking for a real world guide to how things around us really work.

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  • Chris
  • 07-09-13

Excellent Materials

This is a very good book on strategy and strategic thinking. Uses very good historical examples to visualize the concept. The ideas and concepts can be used in both personal and business settings. Not all concepts are applicable for everyone, but in general will help you build a broader understanding about strategy and strategic decision making. I would rank this in the top 10 books for strategy. Other titles to consider are

Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
Understanding Michael Porter by Joan Magretta
Strategic Thinking Skills by The Great Courses narrated by Stanley Ridgley
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
The Innovators Solution by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael Raynor
Seeing What's Next by Clayton M. Christensen and Scott D. Anthony

Just to name a few.

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  • GH
  • 10-05-12

A very intesting read with great examples

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The book offers a concise set of war strategies which are appilable to today and histroical politics as well as business.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The 33 Strategies of War?

When I made the connection that this book applied to politics, business and personal interactions. There are many lessons to be learned.

Any additional comments?

A good exercise is to create a mind-map of the strategies. If you do this, your appreciation for how these strategies reinforce each other will deepen.

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  • Realigeous
  • 22-10-15

perfect

the ultimate book. I listen to it over and over. perfect guide to battling internal enemies

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  • Carl
  • 14-11-15

Such a smooth experience.

It's so easy to envision and follow. I love the examples and then breakdowns of the strategies.

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  • Christopher Keel
  • 19-01-15

Great

Where does The 33 Strategies of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my favorite books so far!

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Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He was perfect, I liked the intensity. I like to visualize while I listen to books and he was one of the best for providing strong emotion.

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  • Ben Nesvig
  • 10-02-13

Better Book Than Audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of The 33 Strategies of War to be better than the print version?

No. I listened to the audiobook and I just finished the print version. The print/kindle version is superior. I found myself losing interest quickly in the audiobook, party due to the overly dramatic narration.

Any additional comments?

Great book, but a much better read than audiobook. The 50th Law, narrated by Robert Greene himself is a much more engaging listen with similar stories and themes.

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  • AQM
  • 25-03-18

Not as Good as Previous Work

If you like Robert Greene you really wont need to buy this audio book. Just buy 48 laws of Power and Art of seduction. This book just seemed like a bootleg version of the 48 laws of power. It had some good moments but alot of useless war references that dont seem pratical for every day life.

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  • James Brown
  • 13-04-14

A MUST HAVE!!!

For anyone who wants to be more mentally (and psychologically) competitive. This give you the roots of "all" psychological warfare. Regardless of whether you're a student, or out in the workforce - THIS BOOK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL THAT "YOU" WANT TO BE AT.

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  • Airogue
  • 11-02-09

Classic

The narrator has the perfect voice for this book. You will find your self assessing every situation like a military strategist with an objective or goal to reach. Every strategy is explained and presented with historical examples. A must read/listen.

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  • Albertus
  • 30-07-19

A book everyone should read/listen to

A solid book that everyone should listen to at least once. Especially in today's world. It will give you a sense of clarity that many people need these days.

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  • wade salmond
  • 04-06-15

The culmination of strategic thinking

The culmination of strategic thinking in all of it's expressions. There are a great number of books about strategy in a business, military, political or social setting. However (in my opinion) this book brings them together under one umbrella, far better than any prior text. The historical examples and myriad of settings add a great weight to the principles. Writen in Greene's characteristic style, and with Don Leslie's animated reading (all be it less frightening than his reading of The 48 Laws of Power) makes for an entertaining, insightful and educational read for anyone practicing in business, politics, social settings (and some personal relationships!)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

excellent

Great descriptions of battle that can be metaphorically related to your life on many different levels

thank you

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  • Jared
  • 02-06-16

Precisely the strategy book I've been looking for

Greene takes us through the highlights of significant historical conflicts before drawing lessons from them for the contemporary world.
The history alone is a captivating read, the added conclusions are highly apt for human interactions today. Exactly the mix of history and strategy I've been after.

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  • Bradley
  • 21-03-15

Insightful

Great book of insight and strategies and a really good reading. Good for all interested in strategic thought.

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