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Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

by Wess Roberts, PhD
Read by James Lurie


High school history teachers notwithstanding, most people can tell you one mere fact about Attila the Hun—he was bad. Notoriously, infamously so, and yet for twenty years people have flocked to enjoy this classic tome on leadership, now available as an audio book. The author was kind enough to include a substantial background on the life of Attila and for the historically challenged, the cultural and political circumstances related to the creation of the Hun empire. The introduction includes a meaty description of the choices and events in Attila's life that made him one of the most recognizable figures in history. By providing this common background for readers, the author lays the foundation for a point by point discussion of the personal behaviors attributed to Attila that made him uniquely successful in leading and unifying a large group of people unrelated by culture or religion.

Though the title Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun is meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the principles taught hold true. Many of the examples, such as the long hours Attila personally spent in negotiations with tribal leaders to ensure their allegiance, make perfect sense in today's world. Real relationships of trust are built on the interaction between two people and the personal characteristics and attributes each brings to the table, rather than technology and other non-human factors.

While there are many books that give more readily usable ideas for someone looking for a quick fix for their organization or business, few books in the business aisle are so thoroughly entertaining. History buffs will love this most interesting application of ancient knowledge to modern challenges and audiobook lovers will enjoy this compelling, portable read.

The Book

Hachette Audio
October 2009
Audiobook / Unabridged / Appx 3 hours / 3 CDs
Nonfiction / Business
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The Reviewer

Donna Ross
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Donna Satterlee Ross is the co-editor of That's Life with Autism: Tales And Tips for Families With Autism and is currently working on a new book about autism and humor.
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