Mastery Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the best-selling The 48 Laws of Power
What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.
Temple Grandin, Martha Graham, Henry Ford, Buckminster Fuller - all have lessons to offer about how the love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking long-held cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy. Fans of Greene's earlier work and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers will eagerly devour this canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 9 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 13 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #662 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Sociology (Audible Books & Originals)
#18 in Social Psychology & Interactions (Books)
#19 in Sociology (Books)
Reviewed in Canada on October 30, 2020
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What I find weird is the tendency to make statements as if they were the truth but are just speculation or kind of silly in order to prove a conclusion or argument, but the statements themselves are weak.
It feels like just an excuse to talk about examples of other people life to attract the reader. It is a mix of short mini novels with speculations organized in a somehow organic way.
I don’t recommend it.
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I don't think I'd read another book by the author but I would recommend that everybody choose at least one book wisely. Depending on what you would to gain, Greene can definitely inspire you and his books do offer valuable pockets of knowledge for those interested in historical figures and insight into their characters.
The same concepts and themes are repeated throughout this book as touched upon in his highly regarded '48 Laws of Power'. These being the only two books by Greene I've read. His writing style can sometimes drag on and I was just pushing myself to finish after about half way through. Happy I read this one but not a book I'd read twice.
I cannot reiterate often enough how important this book is for young people. It is empowering, inspiring, and full of great stories about masters from all walks of life. No other book or author comes close.