What Would Machiavelli Do?

  • by Stanley Bing
  • Narrated by Philip Bosco
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is Stanley Bing at his best, giving you what may be the meanest business book in recent history.The focus of What Would Machiavelli Do? is on what works and how to get it done. Machiavellians may not get to heaven, but on earth they have a significant edge over the competition. The goal is to learn how to approach problems in a manner that is at once creative, geared toward achieving financial success, and refreshingly amoral.


What the Critics Say

"The ultimate guide to corporate backstabbing." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Successful, amoral satire on how to ruthlessly get to the top without guilt." (Booklist)


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What made the experience of listening to What Would Machiavelli Do? the most enjoyable?

Though some references are a little outdated, Bing provides a sadistic, cynical, and sarcasm filled guide to Machiavellian philosophy. The tone is arrogant and presumptuous, and Philip Bosco's smooth British voice help provide the image of a successful businessman sitting at home in a big, comfy armchair by the fire, with a glass of scotch. Bing goes through how to climb the ranks of a corporate empire through being a right bastard to everyone: efficiency is key here. Whether you would like to take him on his advice or would just like some laughs is entirely up to you. Know that if you follow these words to a T, you are a bad person. Bing will assure you, however, that it is all worth it because of the wealth and satisfaction you will receive by the end of it all.
Overall, the advice here seems slightly lacking. After having finished it, the mindset is still hard to adapt, perhaps because the way it is presented is so outrageous and overbearing that it is difficult to soak in. It is rather short, at only 3 hours, so keep that in mind.

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- Thomas Wuillame


What did you love best about What Would Machiavelli Do??

I loved the wit, the humor, the raw reality of it, the comedic delivery of what some take as gospel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ted Turner. No. Donald Trump. No wait...Barry Diller...I can't decide. I need to listen to it again. You'd think I would be able to answer this question after listening to snippets of this audio book almost everyday...Bluetooth...in the car...i pod...tablet...at home...where-ever... I got this audio book for entertainment and to poke fun at my driven co-workers...this book is a hoot!!! Looking for a business text book? Well...the Prince would love nothing more than to mold you. : )

Which character – as performed by Philip Bosco – was your favorite?

Stanley Bing. of course.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Shug Knight showing Vanilla Ice the finer points of his position.

Any additional comments?

Phillip Bosco's narration absolutely made this book the entertaining experience that it is.

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- Mz Patchouli

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2004
  • Publisher: HarperAudio