The 33 Strategies of War
|The 33 Strategies of War|
|Author||Robert Greene (author)|
|Genre||Business, management, military history, psychology, self-improvement|
|Published||2006 (Penguin Group (HC); HighBridge Audio (CD))|
|Media type||Print (hardcover) and CD|
|ISBN||0-670-03457-6 (HC); 978-1-59887-091-6 (CD)|
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene is a "guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the ... military principles in war.". It is composed of discussions and examples on offensive and defensive strategies from a wide variety of people and conditions such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander the Great, and the Tet Offensive. The scope of the book is broad, applying not only to violent conflicts but also social conflicts such as family quarrels and business negotiations.
The book is divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare. Each part contains a differing number of strategies, each in a chapter. Each chapter has a similar layout. Descriptions of battles, political and business situations are accompanied by Greene's interpretation. There are occasional instructional sections followed by examples. All chapters end with a "Reversal" to give a brief discussion of where the strategy may not apply, a contrary view or defense. Throughout the book Mr. Greene includes quotes from a variety of sources. These are incorporated in the margins and between sections.
His blog, Power, Seduction and War: The Robert Greene Blog, has expanded many of the themes from this book—which he commonly refers to as the WAR book.
- Greene, Robert, "The 33 Strategies of War", Viking Adult, 2006
- Youssef Aboul-Enein (March 30, 2006). "The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene". The Waterline. Comprint Military Publications. Archived from the original on 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2006-07-25.
- William A. Dembski. "PHREL 4373 Christian Apologetics" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-07-25.
- 33 Strategies of War interview featuring Robert Greene