- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 29 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014312417X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143124177
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Greene’s specialty is analyzing the lives and philosophies of historical figures like Sun Tzu and Napoleon, and extracting from them tips on how to manipulate people and situations—a cutthroat worldview that has earned him a devoted following among a like-minded readership of rappers, drug dealers and corporate executives."—The New York Times
About the Author
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.
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In the case of Mastery, Greene attempts to explain the road map to success in one`s chosen field. He gives detailed accounts, of how people went through the apprentice stage of learning a vocation. Then he explains how these individuals went a step further, and became the masters in their field.
All in all, this was a fantastic read. The reader will find a combination of enjoyable anecdotes, mixed with some first-rate advice on how to live life.
The writing is strong, skillful, to-the-point and in all just extraordinary. Mr Greene can really build momentum with his writing, accelerate readers' thoughts, taking you smoothly around hard corners, weave a web of interconnected ideas with perfect reasoning, and get the to finish line with ruthless accuracy and amazing style. No sentence is meaningless, no punctuation is wasted, and every word serves a purpose.
It is indeed the Formula 1 Grand Prix for the mind. It is the self expression of Mastery itself. If you really enjoy the style of his writing, many other nonfiction books will begin to taste plain, and feel like a lengthy, sleepy and bumpy bus ride with a tad too many stops and detours. If you are looking for a rather rigorous, methodological, loving and gentle guidance, well, this isn't it either - like explained in the book, there is no shortcuts, no fixed ways you can blindly follow, you always need to admit to discipline, take a step back and observe and analyze yourself in the microscope with the most harsh and critical perspective, along the way also open up your dimensional mind, immerse yourself in others, and be ready to (re)discover the world, the players in it, and yourself, with a more human heart.
In comparison, I didn't feel while reading it as much "adrenaline rush" as when reading 48 Laws of Power. The literal high-density (word counts per page) of provocative thoughts welded in the 48 Laws was simply epic. However, achieving mastery does seem to require a much quieter and more tranquil mind.
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