Core Reading

This page features the classics that helped shape the thinking behind Greene’s work.

The Prince by Machiavelli

The classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power.

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian

300 thought-provoking maxims on politics, professional life, and personal development.

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The Memoirs of Casanova

A series of adventures wilder and more fantastic than the wildest of romances, written down with the exactitude of a business diary.

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The classic treatise on military strategy.

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The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The five “books” refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.

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On Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow their own instincts and ideas.

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Selected Bibliography

Click links below for the selected researched done for the POWER, SEDUCTION, and WAR books.

Selected Bibliography for The 48 Laws of Power
Selected Bibliography for The Art of Seduction
Selected Bibliography for The 33 Strategies of War