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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wess Roberts Narrator: James Lurie Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781600248948
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The bestselling classic on leadership is now updated in a revised 20th anniversary edition, available for the first time from Hachette Audio!

Discover the leadership secrets of the warrior who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world-and who today offers timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management. Based on historical research-and filled with illuminating maxims-this essential guide offers the wisdom of a man who unified thousands, led the charge, kept the peace, picked his enemies wisely, and negotiated brilliantly-all the vital management principles that lead to success.

Listeners will learn:

Never to underestimate the power of an enemy to rise against you on another day

Never to give a Hun a reward that holds no personal value to yourself

Never to arbitrate, for it allows a third party to determine your destiny

Never to misuse power, for such action causes friction and rebellion in the tribe and nation, and much more.



This invaluable guide will help anyone manage people much more effectively.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun is packed with insights about successful leadership. It’s a marvelously creative presentation of commonsense guidelines. It ought to be called How to Get a Tough Job Done by Involving the Folks Who Will Do the Job—but that wouldn’t be nearly as interesting a title. I highly recommend it.”

    R. L. Crandall, chairman and president, American Airlines

  • “This is an all new collection of leadership fables set in an unlikely and fascinating context. No boring stories we’ve heard a dozen times before! This book is fresh, readable and meaningful to leaders from any tribe or time.”

    George Koopman, president, American Rocket Company

  • “Absolutely a classic! [This book] should be required reading. It incorporates meaningful precepts that apply to on athletic fields as well as in business and other settings.”

    Joe Theismann

  • “Wess Roberts—aided by his good friend Attila—has made the tenets of leadership accessible to anyone who takes the time to explore this fascinating work. Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun is a most refreshing read, as entertaining as it is informative.”

    Victor Kiam, CEO, Remington Products

  • “It’s a great point of view about another way to show leadership…very, very impressive. I will be using many of the author’s ideas in my own work.”

    Pat Riley, coach Los Angeles Lakers

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting tips on being a leader. Glad all leaders do not use them too often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vishal Keswani | 2/15/2014

    " Good Leadership qualities, a little repetitive chapter ! overall a good book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Gubler | 2/9/2014

    " Unfortunately the title is the best part. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 2/4/2014

    " Pop-business ed. Read this several years ago and thought that I would enjoy more the second time. I did not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/18/2014

    " Pretty goofy--leadership advice that Attila the Hun may have given? I knew nothing about Attila the Hun, so that part interested me, assuming it was correct. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 1/15/2014

    " A good simple read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/12/2014

    " One of the best books out there on leadership "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/11/2014

    " This is, in many ways, obvious advice about how to win friends, influence people, and effectively lead a group. However, it provides a lot of interesting history about Attila the Hun and couches the advice so cleverly in Attila's history as to avoid being banal or condescending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/9/2014

    " A bit too dry for my taste "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 n0mad | 1/8/2014

    " Be careful, you might want to use this stuff. I did and it works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles | 12/8/2013

    " I just found it pretty trivial. I think it was meant to capitalize on a trend but it shows evidence of haste and waste if you ask me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/22/2013

    " I thought this book was rad. To read leadership principles as it relates to Attila the Hun kept the pages turning! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Velda | 11/7/2013

    " An interesting perspective on leadership abilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 11/5/2013

    " A should-read book on office politics which will happen to you and around you whether you participate in politics or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark V | 8/12/2013

    " Quick read, better than most management self-help books (at least nobody took my cheese and went fishing) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Baker | 3/27/2013

    " Excellent view into this, and specifically Attila's world. Surprising the depth of the man, and how literature and the media have kinda missed the mark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bhensel | 3/14/2013

    " Really interesting to look back at how leadership worked among the diverse people of the Huns; a lot of good and true insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/19/2013

    " Leadership techniques taught as stories told by Attila the Hun. Entertaining and useful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 11/28/2012

    " Catchy title; some places funny. Easy read, but quite low on merit. Definately do not have my copy anymore! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Hinsley | 10/15/2012

    " Kill, intimidate, Bluster, and make nice. eh? The writer didn't believe in Attila. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 10/2/2012

    " must read companion to Think and Grow Rich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 10/2/2012

    " Pretty good. A little gimmicky with the whole "huns / chieftains / campfire" thing, but good basic management and leadership priniciples. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lau | 5/2/2012

    " The only thing this book has going for it is its title. At least you can have it on your shelf as a conversation piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack | 7/6/2011

    " This was a short little read packed with good information written from the perspective of Attila the Hun, but it modern terms. The author had military experience, and it shows by his writing. I would recommend this book for anyone in a position of leadership. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/22/2011

    " This a quick read that serves as a good reminder of some proven management ideas. The background on Attila the Hun was very interesting but there was nothing in here that will be new or ground breaking for most people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 11/4/2010

    " Pretty good. A little gimmicky with the whole "huns / chieftains / campfire" thing, but good basic management and leadership priniciples. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 n0mad | 10/23/2010

    " Be careful, you might want to use this stuff. I did and it works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 8/27/2010

    " Leadership techniques taught as stories told by Attila the Hun. Entertaining and useful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 8/14/2010

    " Catchy title; some places funny. Easy read, but quite low on merit. Definately do not have my copy anymore! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/19/2010

    " Kill, intimidate, Bluster, and make nice. eh? The writer didn't believe in Attila. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bcoghill | 11/25/2009

    " Pop-business ed. Read this several years ago and thought that I would enjoy more the second time. I did not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/6/2009

    " Excellent view into this, and specifically Attila's world. Surprising the depth of the man, and how literature and the media have kinda missed the mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 8/17/2009

    " One of the best books out there on leadership "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/9/2009

    " This is, in many ways, obvious advice about how to win friends, influence people, and effectively lead a group. However, it provides a lot of interesting history about Attila the Hun and couches the advice so cleverly in Attila's history as to avoid being banal or condescending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnny | 2/24/2009

    " Disappointing to say the least. Contains lots of cliches
    with empty leadership quotes that really mean nothing but the obvious. This is what you get when you try to learn business skills from a warlord. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 10/26/2008

    " I actually worked with Wess and have a signed copy of his book. He is amazing and so is his book! Direct and helpful its a wonderful read with great insight! Dig in! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles | 10/20/2008

    " I just found it pretty trivial. I think it was meant to capitalize on a trend but it shows evidence of haste and waste if you ask me. "

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About the Author

Wess Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, among other books, and he collaborated with Brigadier General John C. “Doc” Bahnsen, Jr., in the penning of American Warrior. His books have been published in twenty-four languages. As an author, Roberts has been a guest on over four hundred radio and television programs, including Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, and CNBC. In addition, articles about him and his books have appeared in every major news and business publication, including Newsweek, Time, Across the Board, Vanity Fair, Barron’s, Fortune, Forbes, and Success magazine, as well as in every major newspaper, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Investor’s Business Daily, Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Constitution, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and San Francisco Chronicle. His management classic, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, served as the basis for the A&E biography on Attila. He lives in Utah.

About the Narrator

James Lurie has worked for the biggest companies in the news, entertainment, and advertising businesses. He has an eclectic background; he has been a musician, a writer, and a doctoral candidate in Chinese history. He has been an audiobook narrator and even been the voice of a talking gasoline pump. As an actor he has had recurring roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Law & Order, Picket Fences, and As the World Turns, to name but a few, and he won a Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles for his stage work.