Mastery (book)

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Hardcover edition
AuthorRobert Greene
CountryUnited States
SubjectStrategy, self-help, philosophy
PublisherViking Adult
Publication date
November 13, 2012
Preceded byThe 50th Law 

Mastery is the fifth book by the American author Robert Greene.[1] The book examines the lives of great historical figures—such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, and Henry Ford—and contemporary leaders—such as Paul Graham and Freddie Roach—and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters.[2][3][4] The book was published on November 13, 2012 by Viking Adult.


The book originated from a realization that Greene had in 2007.[5] In writing and researching his first four books (including The 48 Laws of Power), Greene concluded that all the people he studied and wrote about—no matter their field, culture, or moment in history—followed the same pathway to power.[5] After finishing his fourth book, The 50th Law, Greene began to examine this concept in depth and decided that it would be the focus of his next book.[5][6]


Mastery explains how to become a leader in any given field by examining the lives and pathways to success of historical masters such as Mozart, Einstein and Darwin, as well as "living masters" which Greene interviewed—including Paul Graham, Freddie Roach, Santiago Calatrava, Temple Grandin, Yoky Matsuoka, V.S. Ramachandran, Teresita Fernandez, Cesar Rodriguez, and Daniel Everett.[2][7][8][9]


Mastery reached #6 on The New York Times Bestseller list and was featured in The New York Times, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Management Today, and Fast Company.[1][4][7][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ a b Capouya, John (November 9, 2012). "Zen and the art of global domination". CNN Money. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Greene, Robert (2012). Mastery. Viking. ISBN 0670024961.
  3. ^ Ben Thapa. Interviewing Robert Greene about Mastery, Hustle, Fear, Boxing and MMA. Bloody Elbow. November 12, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Losowsky, Andrew (October 16, 2012). "'Mastery' By Robert Greene Wants Its Readers To Achieve Greatness (VIDEO)". Huffington Post.
  5. ^ a b c Greene, Robert. Hidden Powers & My Next Book: Mastery: Part 1. Power Seduction and War. October 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Ten Inspirational Moments from Robert Greene. 33voices.
  7. ^ a b Kurutz, Steven (November 7, 2012). "Renovate Like a Master". New York Times.
  8. ^ How Yoky Matsuoka created the modern robotic hand, and what the rest of us can learn from her GeekWire. November 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Thapa, Ben. Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao, Excerpt From Robert Greene’s Mastery. Bloody Elbow. November 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Groth, Aimee (November 2, 1012). "27 Tips For Mastering Anything". Business Insider.
  11. ^ Bradt, George (November 8, 2012). "Beyond 10,000 Hours: The Constant Pursuit of Mastery". Forbes.
  12. ^ Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. Book review: Mastery, by Robert Greene. Management Today. November 1, 2012.
  13. ^ Robert Greene. The Aha! Moments That Made Paul Grahms Y Combinator Possible. Fast Company. November 12, 2012.
  14. ^ ‘Mastery’ By Robert Greene: How to Become a Master in Your Chosen Field. Huffington Post. November 15, 2012.
  15. ^ Best Sellers: Advice and Misc..The New York Times. November 26, 2012.
  16. ^ "Mastery". USA Today.

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