The contemporary companion to Sun-tzu's The Art of War, this distillation of the strategies of war can help us gain mastery in the modern world. Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, this is a comprehensive guide to getting ahead and staying there. Each chapter outlines an approach that will help you win your life's wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, and the defensive strategies that enable you to respond to dangerous situations and avoid situations where winning is impossible. As in 'The 48 Laws of Power', Robert Greene uses illustrative examples from history; Lyndon Johnson's tenacity, Julius Caesar's decisiveness, Joan Crawford's refusal to compromise, Ted Williams's competitive drive, and the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Ulysses S. Grant. 'The 33 Strategies' provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand.