The 33 Strategies of War
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|Genre||Business, management, military history, psychology, self-improvement|
|Publisher||Penguin Group (HC); HighBridge Audio (CD)|
|January and April 2006|
|Media type||Print (hardcover) and CD|
|ISBN||0-670-03457-6 (HC); 978-1-59887-091-6 (CD)|
|Preceded by||The Art of Seduction|
|Followed by||The 50th Law|
The 33 Strategies of War is a 2006 book written by American author Robert Greene that is described as 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, applying them to social conflicts such as family quarrels and business negotiations.
The Independent said Greene has set himself up as "a modern-day Machiavelli" but that "it is never clear whether he really believes what he writes or whether it is just his shtick, an instrument of his will to shift £20 hardbacks." and concludes "There is something less than adult about it all." Admiral James G. Stavridis said the book had good breadth, but it lacked depth. Leadership theorist and author John Adair said Greene "shows a poor grasp of the subject" and the book is based on the flawed "assumption that the art of military strategy and the art of living are comparable". Booklist said the book was repetitive, lacked a sense of humor, and had an annoying "quasi-spiritual tone". NBA player Chris Bosh stated that his favorite book is The 33 Strategies of War. The 33 Strategies of War was part of the reading list for youths attending the Indigenous Leadership Forum organised by the University of Victoria, which aimed to redesign radical Indigenous politics and the Indigenist movement. It is also read by students attending a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary course in Christian apologetics. The book has been banned by several US prisons.
In the book Greene writes that "Afghanistan was rich in natural gas and other minerals and had ports on the Indian Ocean": Afghanistan is land-locked. The political tales in the book are said to be "mostly foolish or just plain wrong".
It has sold more than 200,000 copies.
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- 33 Strategies of War interview featuring Robert Greene