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Power, Seduction and War.

likeitaloud

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Anyone else here a fan of Robert Greene?

He has 3 books out:





And a blog.

I'm reading his first book and it's fascinating. If you ever get your hands on his work, try reading it!
 

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I have his first 2 books, ( about power and war), and I think that the 48 laws of power is more complete and is more practical for everyday use.

That book really helped me in a lot of situations.
 

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I started reading it but thought it was too Machiavellian. I'd like to think these things come up in modern life each day, but in mine, they just don't.
 

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Yeah got about half way through the 48 laws and put it down ... just didn't seem relevant to me

But after getting a job in a massive corporate I could probably do with re-reading it (and finishing it!)
 

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read Power and War 15x + each. The writing style is a bit ornate which I think detracts from the practicality of the lessons.

That said, there's a bit of wisdom to be found in Power and War. E.g., Not outshining your boss, Keeping up the game to the end, cultivating drama, being a proponent of change rather than the agent of change, never having two people in charge of the same thing etc.
 

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Originally Posted by bmulford
read Power and War 15x + each. The writing style is a bit ornate which I think detracts from the practicality of the lessons.

That said, there's a bit of wisdom to be found in Power and War. E.g., Not outshining your boss, Keeping up the game to the end, cultivating drama, being a proponent of change rather than the agent of change, never having two people in charge of the same thing etc.


Not to be difficult, but you read these books 30+ times total for a few nuggets of wisdom like those?
 

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I've read power and seduction keep forgetting war. I like his books, wouldnt take them to seriously but they do offer up nice ways to mess with someones head.
 

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The guy joined the Tucker Max network in 2006. Hmmm.

I read the books freshman year of college when I thought they were OMG AWESOME. Turns out, they are pretty subpar. This is not a shot to the OP, but I think it's hilarious when kids read these and then feel enlightened...promoting the book like its a classic.
 

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It's a good read though you should read the real cannon like Machiavelli, Nitsche, Sun Tzu, etc...

It has bite-sized chapters great for the bathroom.
 

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Originally Posted by clubbyjones
The guy joined the Tucker Max network in 2006. Hmmm.

I read the books freshman year of college when I thought they were OMG AWESOME. Turns out, they are pretty subpar. This is not a shot to the OP, but I think it's hilarious when kids read these and then feel enlightened...promoting the book like its a classic.


You just described likeitaloud. He actually reminds me of my younger self which is probably why I despise him so much.
 

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The cover of the seduction book is something....
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Not to be difficult, but you read these books 30+ times total for a few nuggets of wisdom like those?

good bathroom reading - the stories lend themselves to 4-5 minute intervals. The writing style is enjoyable and the lessons are easy to dismiss as obvious until you find you need to react to political situations on the spot.
 

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Originally Posted by bmulford
read Power and War 15x + each. The writing style is a bit ornate which I think detracts from the practicality of the lessons.

That said, there's a bit of wisdom to be found in Power and War. E.g., Not outshining your boss, Keeping up the game to the end, cultivating drama, being a proponent of change rather than the agent of change, never having two people in charge of the same thing etc.


Originally Posted by bmulford
good bathroom reading - the stories lend themselves to 4-5 minute intervals. The writing style is enjoyable and the lessons are easy to dismiss as obvious until you find you need to react to political situations on the spot.


You're pretty much right on the money. The books are easy reading, entertaining, enjoyable, filled with fun historical and literary anecdotes. Have all three, enjoyed them a lot. They are not serious history/psychology/politics works, but still very fun and very applicable in real life.
 

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