The Art of Victory: Critics' Comments

 
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  • Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 10, 2008, by Augusto L. DeLeon: The book ... provides well-researched materials for national leaders. He cites the case of President Carter who in the view of Copley only had winning the presidency as his vision. "Carter epitomized the leader who believed that his victory lies in the mere attainment of leadership and power rather than believing that the attainment of leadership is merely a tool to attain victory for the people." This observation is something to think about when we vote for our next [Philippine] President. Says Copley, the first task of victory is "legitimacy." Legitimacy which is widely perceived as a legal matter is in fact a psychological or perceptional state. A leader who has to just focus on staying in power is unable to make decisions to achieve victory for the people. Shades of what we have today.

    AudioFile Magazine, September 2007. Complex sentences and densely textured ideas don't keep Lloyd James from delivering a razor-sharp interpretation of this sweeping historical and political lesson. From start to finish, his perfectly articulated delivery conveys immense confidence in the author's mission-to restate the immutable laws of survival, both individual and societal, and illustrate them with fascinating historical vignettes. Culture is not
    enough for survival, the author says; cultural identities survive only  when they are consolidated enough politically to defend against infiltration, erosion, and defeat from outside forces. Victory, in this context, requires visionary and altruistic leadership, a degree of hierarchy, and enough satisfaction of civil needs for people to believe that the costs of leadership are worthwhile. The author's illustrations from the Middle East are succinct and riveting. — T.W.

    National Review, February 12, 2007, by Anthony Dick. Gregory R. Copley doesn't say it outright, but he has written a sort of Sun Tzu sequel. In his new book, The Art of Victory: Strategies for Personal Success and Global Survival in a Changing World (Threshold, 336 pp., $25), he draws on his 40-year career as a government strategy analyst, offering the reader a unified theory of how to win in whatever contest he might find himself. In all competitive endeavors, he tells us, some immutable truths persist: "The obsession with current technology and with imagined future innovations obscures the fact that human nature itself has not changed." He reminds us of the critical importance of self-mastery, composed of self-confidence, self-discipline, and determination.

    ... he has written a genuinely helpful book.

  • The Bauer and Rose Show, Radio Station WMET-AM, Washington, DC: “a great book; a truly great book”. January 15, 2007.

  • W.E.B. Griffin, renowned military author: A masterful, thought-provoking look at conflict and the critical grand strategy of winning.

  • Former Secretary of State and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr.: We live in a world which demands instant gratification in all things, but this seminal work, The Art of Victory, reminds us — in a way not done before — that victory, the very survival of societies and civilizations, is a multi-generational task which requires an understanding of history and of ourselves. The victory of the modern civilization, which took so long to build, is now being challenged. Gregory Copley, who has worked in the field of strategic philosophy and intelligence for four decades, has defined in this unique and important book the scope of what victory really is, and how it can be sustained and nurtured.

  • Acclaimed author and analyst Yossef Bodansky, author of The New York Times bestsellers Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America and The Secret History of the Iraq War: The Art of Victory is an eye-opening study of the strategic realities of man’s eternal challenges. It bypasses our day-to-day battles to focus on who we are, where we need to go — as individuals and societies — and what we must do to get there. Significantly, The Art of Victory is not abstract pontificating: Gregory Copley, our only conscious grand strategist and exponent of psychological strategy, provides vital new insights into the key challenges facing us today: terrorism and globalism. If Sun-tzu’s Art of War is the marshal’s baton in the knapsack of every soldier, then the beautifully written Art of Victory should be the secret strength of all who wish to lead society.

  • Fred Turner, former CEO and current honorary Director, McDonald's Corporation: I know what it takes to get on top and stay there, and Copley shows how it's done at every level of society, and why it's the critical skill we must all understand. The Art of Victory is a tour-de-force on leadership and success which every business leader should read.

  • His Excellency Maj.-Gen. Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC, (Ret’d.), Governor-General of Australia: Gregory Copley’s The Art of Victory is an outstanding work. In researching widely and thinking deeply about the concept of victory, he has written a most thorough, ordered and lucid exposition, on a subject he defines as “the ability of peoples to survive down the generations”. The breadth of his book is immense — covering not just the role of war, but also the importance, for example, Asia of technology, belief in God, psychology and leadership. But he has also managed to distill his ideas — using 28 maxims to simply and clearly convey the often-complex nature of victory, and how it must be pursued and secured. The Art of Victory is both highly philosophical and of practical value, being very much a book for our volatile and uncertain times. I found it inspiring, stimulating and enjoyable to read, and I commend it whole-heartedly to the general and specialist reader.

  • World Tribune.com: As geo-strategic thinker and analyst Gregory Copley, in his masterpiece, The Art of Victory, put it, victory is the principal goal of a society and first responsibility of the state, because only in victory is the survival possible of a people, its civilization, values, language and freedoms. According to Gregory Copley, war is the most common and successful catalyst through which victory is commenced. What must be understood is whether victory is more greatly jeopardized by war, or by the avoidance of war.

  • On Amazon.com,  Branko Dusan (Vienna, VA) noted: I usually recommend a book for one of three reasons: it is a good read, it makes me think, or it gives me useful information. I will recommend Greg Copley's The Art of Victory for all three reasons. Copley knows how to use story-telling to make his points and interest the reader. His examples and illustrative explanations cover a wide subject area in history, geography and culture, giving the reader much to ponder. And his broad experience in business and government is demonstrated by his ability to concisely provide useful information for those interested in strategy at any level. This is a book for anyone interested in strategy whether in terms of national policy or corporate planning.

  • Asia Times Online: The Art of Victory is highly readable, entertaining and thought-provoking, and full of common-sense wisdom that is often absent from today's political discourse. As such, it offers valuable lessons to today's — and tomorrow's — would-be leaders. — Reviewed by Yoel Sano, January 13, 2007. Full Review: Click Here.

 



 
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