This perennially popular book of advice on how to achieve personal and professional success is treasured for its timeless insights on how to make one’s way in the world. Written in the seventeenth century by Spanish Jesuit scholar Baltasar Gracián, the teachings are strikingly modern in tone and address universal concerns such as friendship, morality, effective leadership, and managing emotions. An enlightening guide for life, this edition also includes an informative introduction by Willis Barnstone that explores Gracián’s background and provides insightful historical and literary context.
This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series.
The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.
New addition to a popular series: This is a new addition to the Shambhala Pocket Library series.
A beloved classic:Baltasar Gracián was a keen observer of the ways of power and of the dynamics of worldly success. Reminiscent of Machiavelli’s Prince, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, and the Tao Te Ching, this book has been perennially popular both as an oracle of advice and as a guide to the ways of the world.
"Absolutely unique…a book made for constant use—a companion for life."—Arthur Schopenhauer
"Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety."—Friedrich Nietzsche
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