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Given a muscular, booming reading by Alan Sklar, Steve Forbes and John Prevas look at the lives of classical figures like Hannibal and Alexander the Great compare their “management styles” to those of the CEOs of Walmart and Hewlett Packard. Great leaders in both eras, the authors observe, unite diverse factions and look beyond their own egos to achieve their goals.
Sklar’s deep voice and assertive reading personify the alpha-male tactics that this book extols.
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By Roy on 03-27-10
As an admirer of Steve Forbes with an interest in leadership I gravitated to this book and I was not disappointed. The strength of this book does not come from insights into leadership, per se. Rather, the book informs us about ancient leaders and the situations they encountered. Those incidents and stories are juxtaposed with the experiences of contemporary industrial titans. Parallels are drawn and generalizations presented. The book was well written, thoughtfully organized, and read. It is worth your time.
I have two observations about the book. First, in the first quarter of the book the reader pauses between (it seems) every paragraph read. That was a bit distracting for me personally. However, that changes later and the problem goes away. Second, the book seems like two books - one on ancient leadership and one on contemporary leadership. I would like to see a more expanded thoughtful book on the ancient leaders by John Prevas. I would also be interested in more stories and comment from Mr. Forbes related to contemporary leadership in this environment.
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By George Methvin on 03-15-11
Wow, what a history lesson
I totally enjoined the book. Ancient history by John Prevas coupled with Steve Forbes commentary on recent history then tyeing it all together in a understandable and motivating book. Brilliant.
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