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The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. Dezember 2007

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Translatable to virtually every facet of daily life ... a rich mine of ideas and information ... readable and stimulating. Scotland on Sunday Entertaining ... mostly due to the Rambo-inspired mentality that oozes from every khaki-ed, muscle-bound phrase. Daily Telegraph Very good ... an enormous number of directed anecdotes from warfare, politics and the arts. -- Nicholas Fearn Independent on Sunday -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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In the third book of this ruthless and unique series, Robert Greene applies the ancient wisdom of war to strategies for life. Spanning world civilisations, synthesising dozens of political, philosophical and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in the history of war. Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you in 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 un-winnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate that prudence, agility, balance and calm and a keen understanding that rational, resourceful and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative and the stupid.

An indispensable book, War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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In der Einleitung beschreibt Greene ausführlich, warum sich ein Mensch, der nicht dem Militär angehört, mit Strategie auseinandersetzen sollte. Sehr treffend zeichnet er dabei ein Bild unserer zivilisierten Gesellschaft, in der es auf den ersten Blick auf Werte wie Friedfertigkeit, soziale Anpassung und Fairness anzukommen scheint, in der aber, wenn man genauer hinschaut, Krieg in subtiler und nicht so subtiler Form herrscht. Krieg, so macht er seinen Lesern klar, ist nicht immer mit Blutvergießen verbunden.
Sein Buch soll dabei helfen, sich selbst zum Strategen auszubilden. Sechs Ideale gibt er für diese Ausbildung an:

Erstens: Schauen Sie auf die Dinge, wie sie sind, nicht wie Ihre Emotionen sie färben.
In der Strategie müssen Sie Ihre emotionale Antwort auf Ereignisse als Krankheit ansehen, die kuriert werden muss. Angst wird Sie Ihren Gegner überschätzen lassen und Sie zu defensiv handeln lassen. Ärger und Ungeduld wird Sie zu übereilten Handlungen führen, die Sie in Ihren Optionen beschneiden werden. Übermut, oft ein Ergebnis aus Erfolg, wird Sie zu weit gehen lassen. Liebe und Zuneigung wird Sie blind machen für die trügerischen Manöver derer, die eigentlich auf Ihrer Seite sein sollten. Selbst die leisesten Töne dieser Emotionen können die Art, wie Sie auf Ereignisse blicken, färben. Die einzige Arznei ist, sich des unvermeidlichen Sogs der Emotionen bewußt zu sein, ihn zu bemerken und ihn zu kompensieren. Wenn Sie wütend sind, handeln Sie nicht. Wenn Sie ängstlich sind, machen Sie sich bewußt, dass Ihnen die Gefahren, denen Sie sich ausgesetzt glauben, größer erscheinen als sie sind. Krieg verlangt den größten Realitätssinn.
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"The 33 Strategies of War" is Robert Greene's latest publication on power play and should be seen as extension to his preceding books on power and seduction. In particular, Greene intends to introduce the reader to the art of strategy. He, however, does not stop there: instead of trying to find another definition of what strategy exactly is, he is interested in the application of particular strategies in all kinds of social situations--ranging from personal relationships to all-out war. In other words, he gives a vivid illustration of the art of strategy. And this approach makes Greene's book attractive and seductive.
In his typical style, Greene first provides a concept of a particular strategy, then illustrates it by referring to historical events, and finally gives an analysis of methods of application. In other words, the reader is not bored by abstract conceptualizations and then left on his own; due to the historical examples one will gain an immediate feeling for and understanding of the discussed strategies. "The 33 Strategies of War" is thus a very useful introduction for beginners of strategy.
Nonetheless, this does not imply that more advanced students of strategy should omit this work and rather refer to original writings like Sun Tzu's "Art of War" or Clausewitz' "On War". "33 Strategies of War" is a useful addition to them (especially to Asian works on strategy) because Greene's expertise in Classics allows him to transcend cultural barriers that often obstruct the understanding of particular concepts of strategy. Thus, the essence of each strategy is revealed, which makes the application in every social context much easier.
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HASH(0x9beb79d8) von 5 Sternen More than just how to wage war 26. Juni 2006
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Among the other reviews here, there have been some comparisons between this book and the Art of War by Sun Tzu. I'd agree. Both are elegant and detailed instruction manuals on how to prepare yourself for conflict.

Once again, Green brings a tremendous body of research and historical insight to his writing, demonstrating the key points of each chapter through some of the greatest successes and mistakes from history.

But this isn't just a book about war. Greene repeatedly states that many of the strategies and tactics used to harden an individual for conflict (or conflict avoidance) apply equally well to business, politics and negotiation, and the examples come from everywhere from Hollywood to Ancient Rome.

The advantage this book has over the previous two is that his clarification of his strategies is more balanced and consistent. He goes vague less often here.

This book completes nicely Greene's cycle of historical self-improvement books: the first in how to woo others to your way of thinking, the second to deal with power structures, and the third for self-discipline and conflict resolution.
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HASH(0x99f3a3f0) von 5 Sternen Stragtegies of War that Apply to Business and Life 30. Januar 2006
Von Philip B. Capelle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Robert Greene is a prolific research and thinker who has made a habit out of writing masterpieces that explore all nuances of human behavior. In his latest tome he follows the same approach as in his previous bestsellers by leading off each chapter with a quick and easy to read summary that gives you the essence of the strategy and the stories that follow. Then he leads you on one fascinating historical excursion after another that brings each strategy to life through the exploits of some of histories most famous and notorious characters.

The beauty of his approach is that there is something for everyone in this book. You may read about a tactic that is highly amusing, but that you say to yourself, "I could never do that." Then in the next chapter you may say, "That's fits in with my personality. I can do that." That's how I felt about his strategies for laying back and appearing to not care, and about his strategy for taking an unassailable position.

A brief story in chapter 4 on developing a sense of extreme urgency was well worth the cost of the book to me. It talks about Fyodor Dostoevsky and how a change in his perspective on the value of life lead to a greater appreciation for every moment, and to an era of rampant productivity that continued until his death. Because I'm an author I spend a good part of every day writing and thinking about my work. After reading about Dostoevsky I immediately felt an even higher sense of purpose and motivation.

You really can't go wrong with this book. It is very entertaining and educational. Beyond that, you could pick up some sage, time-tested advice for improving both your business and your life. Bravo!

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HASH(0x99b71420) von 5 Sternen The Best And Most Current Book On Strategy For Your Business Or Your Life Available 9. Februar 2006
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Robert Greene's books are deep and they are for thinkers. If you want a breezy beach read or airplane read, this is not that book.

You'll read this book once, get to the last page and go back to page 1 and start reading again. There are literally hundreds of ideas in this book.

I especially like the way the author has made the book applicable to your life, the business or the battlefield.

As a former soldier, I deeply appreciate the detailed review of war strategies and found the book so compelling, I'm buying copies for all of my friends who are in the military and currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

If you only read one business or self improvement book this year, read this one. If you read three, read the author's other two books, The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction.
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HASH(0x99eaa924) von 5 Sternen Why spend the money on an MBA or a business degree, when you can get this book 20. Oktober 2006
Von Mark D. Schaeffer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I got a top tier MBA, spent tens of thousands of dollars and two years, but didn't learn the important stuff. (And I was the valedictorian, and got some really great jobs). I really enjoyed Greene's book 42 laws of power (I can't remember if it's 42 or some other number), but this book is a great reminder and educator of the way things work behind the scenes, in people's minds, and at the macro level of every business and political dealing. I'm convinced that there is either a conspiracy in our educational system to make us dumb workerbees, 99% of our teachers just don't get it, or our measurement system for the quality and effectiveness of our eductional system is severely broken. (Or all the above!)

Much of the book rings a bell with my intuition, but there is a great deal which is so inciteful and informative. I would say I couldn't put the book down, but that's not true, I needed to take a rest every chapter or so. I love his mixing of explaning the principals then giving historical examples. The war stories have direct analogies to the business world.

I have also read Greene's "Art of Seduction", which I think is absolutely vile and disgusting. I don't think the book is vile and distigusting, I think the book simply tells the truth. Greene doesn't make the rules, he's just telling how many "successfull" people play the game, which is really just a clear illustration of the part of human nature which is cloaked behind good manners and grooming, and how people take advantage of our good nature, weaknesses, and need for connection and love--all of which applies to both our personal and business world. Better to know it than not know it, and know when to fight fire with fire if you think you can stay true to your principles. Maybe there should be a followup something like "Buddah's dance with Devil"

This book is going on my top shelf.
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HASH(0x99d0e1b0) von 5 Sternen Robert Greene's art of War for the general population! 3. Juli 2006
Von Joseph T. Page II - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having been a previous owner of "48 Laws of Power" and the "Art of Seduction" I was awaiting this foray into the art of warfare... and I have not been disappointed! After receiving this book as a birthday gift, I have not put it down in the last 10 days; managing it a piece at a time, and adding some highlighting to key phrases...

While some may consider the art of war (or even seduction or manipulation of power) to be an evil thing, Mr. Greene's take on the subject seems to be "its out there: learn about it to either use it or defend against it." How true this is. The anectdotes in this book are not just coverage of battlefields and generals - varying in scope from Alfred Hitchcock to Joan Crawford, to Cortez - this book has one for (almost) everyone. And while this may seem like Sun Tzu for the Jet Set, "33 Strategies of War" would find a welcome home on the bookshelf of a four-star general preparing for battle or a stay-at-home mom wanting to match wits with her unruly children...
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