Mastery paperback is out now + FREE book (US only)

The paperback of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Mastery is in stores now and available on Amazon. And as a thank you to my fans who made Mastery such a success, I have released in the US a special Interviews with the Masters: A Companion to Robert Greene’s Mastery, a free eBook (other regions to follow) containing selections from my interviews with the nine living masters that appear in Mastery. I sat with these Masters for many hours, extracting their stories and their individual paths to greatness. I met with Paul Graham in Palo Alto. Santiago Calatrava in New

Announcing…Mastery (with special preorder bonuses for you today)

The time has come to officially announce my fifth book, Mastery. In early 2007, I had an epiphany. For the previous eleven years I had immersed myself in a study of the most powerful people in history. I had read one biography after another about great political figures, strategists, scientists, artists, and inventors. And on that particular day, as I was reviewing some old material, it finally struck me: all of these people—no matter their field, culture, or moment in history—followed more or less the same pattern or pathway to power. The result of that epiphany is Mastery. In analyzing

Hidden Powers & My Next Book: Mastery Part 1

What follows is Part 1 of a two-part post that details the process of completing my fifth book, Mastery. In anticipation of the book’s release on November 13th, I’m releasing Part 2 of this post with a pre-order of Mastery. I’ll be announcing a pre-order offer in a few days but I hope this tides you over until then In my new book Mastery (Viking/Penguin, November 2012), I propose a radical new way of looking at human intelligence and high achievement, countering the various misconceptions we have about talent and genius. I make the case that mastery is a latent

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt VIII

In closing, I wanted to tell you about a dream I had a couple of months ago–I mean the kind of dream you have in your sleep. I dreamt that it was the year 2070 and that I was walking on the crowded streets of some city. People seemed oddly happy and there was a feeling of lightness in the air, as if something had really changed in the world and we had figured out a better way to live. What was most strange about this dream was that in the midst of it I was conscious of thinking back

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt VII

Now, as I was writing about Napoleon Bonaparte for my book The 33 Strategies of War, in 2003 and 2004, I became intrigued by a company that seemed to exemplify–in an almost uncanny way–the Napoleonic model I have just outlined. That company was Google. I initiated an informal study–gathering as much material and contacts within the company as possible. And as I went deeper into this subject, I saw more and more connections–confirming my idea that there is a pattern to periods of change and revolution. The following is the gist of my analysis: Like Napoleon, the two founders of

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt VI

Napoleon came to power in one of the most chaotic moments in history–the French Revolution. The French people had overthrown a monarchy that had existed for hundreds of years and established a new kind of political order. But because it was so new, nobody quite understood what it all meant. The Revolution led to terror and swings of reaction and more revolution, until in 1796, a turning point had been reached. France’s numerous enemies, lead by the Austrians, were threatening to invade the country and reestablish the old monarchy. The fighting had grown particularly intense in Italy. If the Austrians