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Fred Sanders

16 Hours 12 Minutes

Penguin Audio

November 2012

Audio Book Summary

The eagerly anticipated new book from the author of the bestselling 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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    Very inspiring

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  • leonard flowers

    Perfect compliment to 48 Laws of Power. The informative storytelling format keeps you engaged. A book I have gifted five times.

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  • Patrick Muriithi

    Only a few minutes in to the book and I can already tell that it's a classic. Well written, well read, very inspiring. Can't wait to finish and listen to it again :)

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  • Dan Callahan

    Just another incredible blending of information and storytelling. It was educational and enjoyable.

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  • Daniel Chow

    Great book. Will have to listen again. Once it enough!

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  • Lamar Griffin

    Excellent ...have listened twice and counting. good study

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