How to Plot and Scheme

Common sense is like oxygen; the higher people rise, the less likely they are to find it. Put another way, powerful people have, historically, had a hard time keeping their aspirations in check. 

You’ve heard the saying, “With great power comes great responsibility.” But with great power also comes the distinct possibility of making bad choices. How can we offset those?

One answer is to develop effective and practical strategies. Strategic thinkers are, above all, realistic. It’s important not to confuse making a plan with having grand hopes and dreams. When you reach beyond your means, sooner or later you’re going to have to scale back. Our latest Instaread explores the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Lewis Gaddis as he revisits the grand political ideas that have shaped our world—including the ones that failed. Get the big picture in our new release, On Grand Strategy.

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