Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy

  • by Partha Bose
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alexander the Great endures as one of the most admired and emulated leaders in world history. In our time, his example of unprecedented and unparalleled success has inspired leaders of business and government, from media mogul Ted Turner (who keeps a bronze bust of Alexander in his office) to Desert Storm commander General Norman Schwarzkopf (who credits Alexander's tactical innovations for his dramatic flanking maneuver against the Iraqi army in the liberation of Kuwait). In Alexander the Great's Art of Strategy, Partha Bose, one of the world's leading experts on business strategy, gives fresh insight into Alexander's leadership and legacy, and shows how you can use the secrets of his success to conquer today's challenges, as successful executives, politicians, and generals have.
Blending insights from his years of experience in the business world with his lifelong study of Alexander, Bose interweaves a gripping biography with compelling analyses of contemporary case studies of successful corporations that have applied Alexander's lessons to their business, including Dell, General Electric, Wal-Mart, and the Washington Post company. This is a provocative and invaluable audiobook for leaders everywhere.


What the Critics Say

"As inspirational reading for the managerial class...this book fits the bill." (The Wall Street Journal)


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I am always suspicious of business audiobooks masquerading as history lessons. This one does not always succeed but it does work on many levels. This offers a wonderful introduction to Alexander, the power of Macedonia and complex history of Greece. Time and again you come away amazed at Alexander's insight, skill, courage--and yes, brutality. The strategic lessons ARE valuable, but can they be traced to Alexander? Do they translate to busness settings? Only in the broadest sense. Still, this is well narrated and fascinating history. The author does draw parallels with current business situations which, at the least, add to the richness of this valuable audio selection.
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- G Barth

Painful content, stretched parallels

I thought this would provide a good history of Alexander, insight to his thinking, and then provide direction on how you could use similar thinking in today's business world. Unfortunately, although it provides a historical account, the parallels between his accomplishments and today's business worlds are stretched to the maximum. At one point Alexander is compared to a "rock star", which isn't all that insightful. As I listened, I got the impression that the author just reached out to any business examples, and found a way to tie them together. In essence, it's like search engine results. Businesses don't conquer through war, and anybody who thinks they can run a successful business based on lessons learned through military conflicts isn't running a respectful business.

The parallels were almost circular. History of Alexander were provided, then a company was picked (seemingly at random), and then the author explained how that company's strategies are similar to Alexanders. I expected direction on how I could use similar strategies today. Instead, I got examples of things that companies did in the past. History teaching history...

I learned nothing new from this. It was a painful listen, and the narrator's voice was annoyingly boring -- too soft spoken, and too song-like. The narrator would be good for a TV voice-over of a similar show...but without the visuals, it just falls flat.
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- Carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio