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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Fascinating

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

Insightful and Enjoyable

There is no doubt Alexander the Great is one of the most important leaders and strategists and that he had tremendous influence in shaping the world where we live today.

This audio book does a great job of providing a detailed, but always interesting account of his life, accomplishments and legacy. Even though it is audio, the description of the battles and the strategies followed are clear and incredibly interesting.

The author provides a fantastic summary of Alexander's strategy and legacy. The author's commentary about how it relates to corporate strategy is sparse and not very effective. Which makes this a poor book on strategy but a wonderful book on history and the legacy of Alexander the Great. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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- Gerardo

Book Details

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