Here are some positive things people have had to say about the book. Please add your own thoughts, comments or observations below.
This is a book about how to swim with the sharks while living like a dolphin. It provides a unique mix of cunning and integrity—as if Machiavelli and Stephen Covey got together and wrote a book on the rules for living. Without being either pessimistic or cynical, the book deals with some hard truths about human nature that we ignore at our peril. The authors’ advice is both practical and tactical on topics such as dealing with conflict, office politics, difficult personalities, and not letting others take advantage of you. Master these techniques and you’ll be adept at handling the worst in others, while strengthening what’s best in yourself.
~ Tim Ward, author of Indestructible You and The Master
Every person experiencing interpersonal conflict or cut-throat competition should read this book. I have personally benefited from Dr. Bruner’s consultation and highly recommend his book. It is the opposite of psycho-babble: concrete, specific, and dynamic.
~ Robert W. Forster, President and CEO, Forster Financial
Modern Machiavelli provides key insights and inspiration to propel your life dramatically forward!
~ William Eager, speaker, corporate strategist and best-selling author
Modern Machiavelli: 13 Laws of Power, Persuasion and Integrity is a book that crosses the areas of business, psychology, self-help, and ethics. It is a realist’s manual for effective persuasion and conflict management.
~ Christine Joo, Ed.D., Christine Joo Psychotherapy
Dr. Bruner and Philip Eager have provided a much-needed treatise on the basic behavioral “laws” that all of us need to fully understand if we are to truly work together to solve the many issues facing society. This book is not designed to show you how to manipulate co-workers, friends, and family members, but rather provides the reader with a strategic awareness of the many facets that may be in play when individuals interact, regardless of the situation. This book is a must for the reader who is interested in a layman’s dive into moral development and offers approaches, through professional insight and examples, on how to uphold the “fairness” expectations that many of us have grown up with,without compromising our core values that make us who we are.
~ David White, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research, University of Tennessee
I’ve completed reading the “13 Laws…” It is a great read, with many kernels for the novice and the veteran. I must admit that for some undiscovered misreading or possibly faulty orientation, I began reading this as a guide for the would-be successful team captain. As I neared the end, I was reading it more as a self-development guide for one assuming a leadership role. Were I in a career development, or career workshop environment, I would adopt it as course material. The tidy summaries of psychological theories are tantalizing probes or starters for the novice.
~ Harold Cheatham, Ph.D., Dean and Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Education Leadership, Clemsom University
[Author’s note: We were very humbled to receive this statement from Dr. Cheatham. He is truly a legend. He was also a Founding Dean and Professor at Penn State.]
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