The 33 Strategies of War

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Penguin, 2006 - Psychology - 471 pages
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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 unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. In The 33 Strategies of War, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series.   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 game 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 thirty-three 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 book, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.  
  

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Contents

SELFDIRECTED WARFARE
1
DECLARE WAR ON YOUR ENEMIES THE POLARITY STRATEGY
3
DO NOT FIGHT THE LAST WAR THE GUERRILLAWAROFTHEMIND STRATEGY
15
AMIDST THE TURMOIL OF EVENTS DO NOT LOSE YOUR PRESENCE OF MIND THE COUNTERBALANCE STRATEGY
27
CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY AND DESPERATION THE DEATHGROUND STRATEGY
41
ORGANIZATIONAL TEAM WARFARE
53
AVOID THE SNARES OF GROUPTHINK THE COMMANDANDCONTROL STRATEGY
55
SEGMENT YOUR FORCES THE CONTROLLEDCHAOS STRATEGY
69
EXPOSE AND ATTACK YOUR OPPONENTS SOFT FLANK THE TURNING STRATEGY
229
ENVELOP THE ENEMY THE ANNIHILATION STRATEGY
243
MANEUVER THEM INTO WEAKNESS THE RIPENINGFORTHESICKLE STRATEGY
253
NEGOTIATE WHILE ADVANCING THE DIPLOMATICWAR STRATEGY
271
KNOW HOW TO END THINGS THE EXIT STRATEGY
283
UNCONVENTIONAL DIRTY WARFARE
297
WEAVE A SEAMLESS BLEND OF FACT AND FICTION MISPERCEPTION STRATEGIES
299
TAKE THE LINE OF LEAST EXPECTATION THE ORDINARYEXTRAORDINARY STRATEGY
313

TRANSFORM YOUR WAR INTO A CRUSADE MORALE STRATEGIES
79
DEFENSIVE WARFARE
95
PICK YOUR BATTLES CAREFULLY THE PERFECTECONOMY STRATEGY
97
TURN THE TABLES THE COUNTERATTACK STRATEGY
109
CREATE A THREATENING PRESENCE DETERRENCE STRATEGIES
123
TRADE SPACE FOR TIME THE NONENGAGEMENT STRATEGY
137
OFFENSIVE WARFARE
145
LOSE BATTLES BUT WIN THE WAR GRAND STRATEGY
147
KNOW YOUR ENEMY THE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY
165
OVERWHELM RESISTANCE WITH SPEED AND SUDDENNESS THE BLITZKRIEG STRATEGY
179
CONTROL THE DYNAMIC FORCING STRATEGIES
187
HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS THE CENTEROFGRAVITY STRATEGY
203
DEFEAT THEM IN DETAIL THE DIVIDEANDCONQUER STRATEGY
213
OCCUPY THE MORAL HIGH GROUND THE RIGHTEOUS STRATEGY
331
DENY THEM TARGETS THE STRATEGY OF THE VOID
343
SEEM TO WORK FOR THE INTERESTS OF OTHERS WHILE FURTHERING YOUR OWN THE ALLIANCE STRATEGY
355
GIVE YOUR RIVALS ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG THEMSELVES THE ONEUPMANSHIP STRATEGY
369
TAKE SMALL BITES THE FAIT ACCOMPLI STRATEGY
383
PENETRATE THEIR MINDS COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
393
DESTROY FROM WITHIN THE INNERFRONT STRATEGY
407
DOMINATE WHILE SEEMING TO SUBMIT THE PASSIVEAGGRESSION STRATEGY
419
SOW UNCERTAINTY AND PANIC THROUGH ACTS OF TERROR THE CHAINREACTION STRATEGY
435
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
451
INDEX
453
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Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City. 

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