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33 Strategies of War

Written by: Robert Greene
Narrated by: Donald Coren
Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
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33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. It's the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and is abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, movie moguls to samurai swordsmen.

©2007 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Good book

Really good. I've enjoyed listening to the narrator. This is my second time listening this book. Lot of valuable advices. Highly recommended.

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Best book I have owned so far.

#Audible1- I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants know how world ( your own small world as well ) works and how to confront it.

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The strategies by the best strategist of modern times

Robert Greene consistently delivers the wisdom of centuries through his impeccable writing. This book and the strategies it analyzes are applicable in business, litigation, daily life and beyond. Finishing yet another book of his leaves a void that can hardly be filled by any other writer as hardly anyone else is as multifaceted as he is.

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a life changing book for me

fantastic book with practical real life strategies, great history examples and great narration which goes great with the context of the book

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Insightful and well spoken, beautifully narrated.

This book delves deep into every aspect of conflict, and the tactics of daily life.

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Good Book

Sometimes the examples were so long, especially with reading small chunks at a time, I forgot what the topic was

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could have done in less than half the time..to rep

to much of the same and some good examples.could have been more detailed analisis..ok otherwise

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amazing

Robert Greene is my favorite author and this book is amazing and I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Mathew
  • 2018-06-17

Great for thinkers

What I like most about this book and its counter part the 48 laws of power is the style in which the author delivers a ton of information. The stories he tells are real and are from the lives of many different well known and influential people from different time periods. Its like having someone piece together twenty or thirty biographies of interesting peoples lives and getting just the good parts. I enjoyed 48 laws of power more but the principles in this book make you think a lot. I found myself looking inward and asking myself how I acted in certain social situations in and outside of the work place. It is a very interesting and well done work!

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  • ClaireG.
  • 2018-09-01

It's just okay

I normally like Robert Greene's books, but this felt a little too dry for me. I couldn't finish it. But I do love and recommend his other book: 48 laws of power

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-26

terrifyingly good

this book nails so many things it's hard to cover it all in a review. just BUY THE BOOK
if you enjoy history buy the book
if you enjoy drama buy the book
you you like conflict buy the book
if you like practical applications buy the book

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  • Philo
  • 2019-05-19

Impressive array of moves, stories, coaching

This book is very qualitative: it mostly describes possible moves or approaches, in fairly plain terms, to challenging situations, posed as war or conflict, with stories spliced in from history (and occasionally literature) to back each one up. There is not some deep analytical means to opt for one move versus others. Likewise it is not excessive in its humility -- the basic tone is, you can do it. Grasp this, understand this, dare that. (It does, however, counsel a calm, deliberate, self-critical, and self-aware approach.) It thus hits a nice balance, being energizing, but not overly risk-obsessed. I find it very pleasant and uplifting to pass time (as on a commute or a walk-run) letting this endless sort of breeze of coaching tips stream over my ears and mind. I like a book that can stand up to that sort of shifting environment and still be understandable. This is one of those few books I may very well listen to multiple times. I like this author a lot and will check out his other titles. Alongside more of Napoleon than I ever heard, this author has a great appreciation for east Asian strategies of indirection and seeming retreat or "not-doing." For example, there are ideas of trading space for time, both from European tacticians and Chinese in different eras. There are many great mind-stretchers here along these lines. And how about that Joan Crawford! What a tactician! The author reaches in many unexpected directions and opens vistas and bios I would never have thought of.

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  • Jamie
  • 2016-04-10

Excerpts

This is a execellent audio book of advice, the narrators matter of fact voice and the odd representation of the world shines a new light on everything with its excerpts quotes and stories from fables and real world occurrences. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has free time.

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  • PK Mills
  • 2016-04-02

Strategy for Life

Required Reading for Entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to understand human nature and social dynamics

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  • Jaime Vizcarrondo
  • 2017-08-02

Cheat sheet for war books

A detailed breakdown on all the books on conflict we should be reading. Well done!

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  • college person
  • 2016-02-16

good listen while driving......... .

good listen while driving. use this or defend against it. I ended up reading more about each person in the story

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  • Vintila Bogdan
  • 2016-08-16

Very good especially for the history savy

Overall I loved the book. It is written in the traditional Robert Greene fashion, with lots of examples which are repeated in order to prove different points or different stages of a process. I personally love this style as he does not hurry up to draw a conclusion.

However it is packed full of examples from ancient history, and for me personally it would have been better to use more modern day examples. This is why I found myslef wandering of at times and had to rewind. But for someone who loves ancient history this is a 5 star book, no doubt about it. And the voice of the narrator is top notch. Would highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the matter or strategy but be prepared with patience as the book is long and tackles a lot of ideeas and stories.

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  • DionelyETC
  • 2016-10-04

A Must Read for Self-Empowerment

This is the most empowering book I've ever read. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." This book tells you how to react.

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