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Rules to live by from the master of political dark arts, as seen in the award-winning documentary Get Me Roger Stone At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Rules to live by from the master of political dark arts, as seen in the award-winning documentary Get Me Roger Stone At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Stone’s Rules —the maxims that have governed his legendary career as a campaign operative for four American presidents, from Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. As a raconteur, pundit, prognosticator, and battle-scarred veteran of America’s political wars, Roger Stone shares his lessons on punking liberals and playing the media, gives an inside look at his push to legalize marijuana, details how much "linen" to show at the cuff of an impeccably-cut suit, lays out how and why LBJ orchestrated the murder of JFK, and reveals how to make the truly great marinara sauce that is the foundation of Stone’s legendary Sunday Gravy. Along the way, Stone dishes on the "cloak and dagger" nitty-gritty that has guided his own successes and occasional defeats, culminating in the election of the candidate he first pushed for the presidency in 1988, Donald J. Trump. First revealed in the Weekly Standard by Matt Labash and commemorated by CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, the blunt, pointed, and real-world practical Stone’s Rules were immortalized in the Netflix smash hit documentary Get Me Roger Stone—part Machiavelli's The Prince, part Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, all brought together with a highly-entertaining blend of culinary and sartorial advice from the Jedi Master of political dark arts. From "Attack, attack, attack!" inspired by Winston Churchill, to "Three can keep a secret, if two are dead,” taken from the wall of mob boss Carlos Marcello’s headquarters, to Stone’s own “It is better to be infamous than to never have been famous at all,” Roger Stone shares with the world all that he’s learned from his decades of political jujitsu and life as a maven of high-style. From Stone’s Rules for campaign management to the how-to’s of an internet mobilization campaign to advice on custom tailoring to the ingredients for the perfect martini from Dick Nixon's (no-longer) secret recipe, Stone has fashioned the truest operating manual for anyone navigating the rough-and-tumble of business, finance, politics, social engagement, family affairs, and life itself.


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Rules to live by from the master of political dark arts, as seen in the award-winning documentary Get Me Roger Stone At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Rules to live by from the master of political dark arts, as seen in the award-winning documentary Get Me Roger Stone At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Stone’s Rules —the maxims that have governed his legendary career as a campaign operative for four American presidents, from Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. As a raconteur, pundit, prognosticator, and battle-scarred veteran of America’s political wars, Roger Stone shares his lessons on punking liberals and playing the media, gives an inside look at his push to legalize marijuana, details how much "linen" to show at the cuff of an impeccably-cut suit, lays out how and why LBJ orchestrated the murder of JFK, and reveals how to make the truly great marinara sauce that is the foundation of Stone’s legendary Sunday Gravy. Along the way, Stone dishes on the "cloak and dagger" nitty-gritty that has guided his own successes and occasional defeats, culminating in the election of the candidate he first pushed for the presidency in 1988, Donald J. Trump. First revealed in the Weekly Standard by Matt Labash and commemorated by CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, the blunt, pointed, and real-world practical Stone’s Rules were immortalized in the Netflix smash hit documentary Get Me Roger Stone—part Machiavelli's The Prince, part Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, all brought together with a highly-entertaining blend of culinary and sartorial advice from the Jedi Master of political dark arts. From "Attack, attack, attack!" inspired by Winston Churchill, to "Three can keep a secret, if two are dead,” taken from the wall of mob boss Carlos Marcello’s headquarters, to Stone’s own “It is better to be infamous than to never have been famous at all,” Roger Stone shares with the world all that he’s learned from his decades of political jujitsu and life as a maven of high-style. From Stone’s Rules for campaign management to the how-to’s of an internet mobilization campaign to advice on custom tailoring to the ingredients for the perfect martini from Dick Nixon's (no-longer) secret recipe, Stone has fashioned the truest operating manual for anyone navigating the rough-and-tumble of business, finance, politics, social engagement, family affairs, and life itself.

30 review for Stone's Rules: How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan M.

    Interesting analysis from a political powerhouse. An easily read primer on some tried and true political truisms. Could have benefited from a little less repetition on how men should properly dress. After all, Stone should have realized that women may also read the book. I can translate the message into an equivalent dress code for women, but less verbiage on the topic would have enhanced the rules. My other comment is that someone should have more thoroughly caught the typos, which were annoying Interesting analysis from a political powerhouse. An easily read primer on some tried and true political truisms. Could have benefited from a little less repetition on how men should properly dress. After all, Stone should have realized that women may also read the book. I can translate the message into an equivalent dress code for women, but less verbiage on the topic would have enhanced the rules. My other comment is that someone should have more thoroughly caught the typos, which were annoying. Otherwise an insightful recitation of the rules of the game.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Duane Maddy

    While this book did cover some political ground, ranging from Nixonian policies and current day ideology, I was most impressed with the advice from Stone concerning fashion, food and money. He sets a level of style that isn't too big or too small, keeping a man from coming across as nonsensically flamboyant, or the typical underdressed, classless slob. The quotes are what stood out to me the most. Stone provided quotes from Nixon, Johnson and others which I had never heard before. It was quite re While this book did cover some political ground, ranging from Nixonian policies and current day ideology, I was most impressed with the advice from Stone concerning fashion, food and money. He sets a level of style that isn't too big or too small, keeping a man from coming across as nonsensically flamboyant, or the typical underdressed, classless slob. The quotes are what stood out to me the most. Stone provided quotes from Nixon, Johnson and others which I had never heard before. It was quite refreshing to hear some stories that were humanizing of former world leaders. The rules are numbered, easy to follow and there is a lot of very dry humor. An overall enjoyable, short read with great ideas, some of which, the reader will pass on, but many will be quite usable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lewis Van Osdel

    Stone's Rules is a quick read that covers diverse topics as politics, fashion, communication, marketing, and other random facts. Roger Stone organizes his rules list into over a 100+ topics, which organized into 7 different chapters. Some of his points are just a brief paragraph, while topics are just 2 pages long. If you are interested in possibly entering in politics, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to read the book. Stone uses some stories about different politicians to illustrate his points. My Stone's Rules is a quick read that covers diverse topics as politics, fashion, communication, marketing, and other random facts. Roger Stone organizes his rules list into over a 100+ topics, which organized into 7 different chapters. Some of his points are just a brief paragraph, while topics are just 2 pages long. If you are interested in possibly entering in politics, then it wouldn't be a bad idea to read the book. Stone uses some stories about different politicians to illustrate his points. My main criticism would be that Stone uses a little too much uncouth language, which would get him a FCC fine if he used that same language on a television broadcast. Plus his fact checker missed one of dates for a particular event in the book's introduction.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This would be a great rule book for a man, as lots of good advice on tailoring & how to wear suits. This stuff is kind of irrelevant to me though, and the political yarns spun within of even less significance. I'd give it two stars, but for the excellent martini & Italian gravy recipes, which drag it up to a 3 This would be a great rule book for a man, as lots of good advice on tailoring & how to wear suits. This stuff is kind of irrelevant to me though, and the political yarns spun within of even less significance. I'd give it two stars, but for the excellent martini & Italian gravy recipes, which drag it up to a 3

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Matias

    Quite a few good maxims in here. My main takeaway was his emphasis on the importance of clothing style for people's first impression. Other than that, a lot of the rules seem to be irrelevant in everyday life and are too specific for simple maxims to lead your life by. He's an experienced guy, but for a book, I think he could've structured the maxims better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Rickard

    Fun read regardless of your politics Stone provides a fun manual that focuses on political tips but also applies for general information. A short but entertaining read. Wait until the price goes down as it's a fast read for the price.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Panda Reads

    Finished "Stone's Rules," a breezy commentary on politics, business &, especially, style by American political consultant & conservative strategist Roger Stone. Most of the 140 rules are sartorial, with enough political nuggets thrown in (with examples!) to make it interesting 😎 Finished "Stone's Rules," a breezy commentary on politics, business &, especially, style by American political consultant & conservative strategist Roger Stone. Most of the 140 rules are sartorial, with enough political nuggets thrown in (with examples!) to make it interesting 😎

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Kimbrough

    This book had a lot of meticulous information in there. This guy is the Acme of the smear campaign.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Read this book in only a few hours. Roger is definitely a cult of personality who is always five steps ahead of his competition.

  10. 4 out of 5

    voidform

    If you want 240 pages on what kind of ties Kennedy and Nixon wore, this is the book for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brady Westdyke

    Love it

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Gault

    Tame. Few skeletons. Much of the fashion advice is repeated throughout. There's a picture with his ass as Trump. Very odd little book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Doe

    A Machiavellian book which also works as a style guide. Some of the times it felt that the author was blowing his contributions out of proportion, but once you Google the things he claims, you will realise that he indeed has done a lot. One theme that is running coherently throughout the book is how the author has indeed followed his own advises. Like the part where he asks you to deny all and every allegations; he actually does it in this book itself by denying his ties with Russians. Then in a A Machiavellian book which also works as a style guide. Some of the times it felt that the author was blowing his contributions out of proportion, but once you Google the things he claims, you will realise that he indeed has done a lot. One theme that is running coherently throughout the book is how the author has indeed followed his own advises. Like the part where he asks you to deny all and every allegations; he actually does it in this book itself by denying his ties with Russians. Then in all of his other books and speeches, he denies them completely. But now it is a known fact that indeed he colluded with the Russians and was convicted of the same. This book is also a reflection of the underbelly of right wing string pullers. Roger Stone, Roy Cohn, Steven Bannon the list goes on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Walsh

    One of America's best-known political consultants offers 140 insights that entertain, educate, and disgust. His strategic insights are dead-on and remind me a bit of Don Cherry's Hockey Night In Canada coaching tips, replete with humor and memorable, even shareable, anecdotes. The sheer applicability makes it more helpful than most "Campaign 101" or "Rules for Radicals" knockoffs on the market. The less-applicable rules are a reminder of how campaigning is an art, requiring an interpretive hand t One of America's best-known political consultants offers 140 insights that entertain, educate, and disgust. His strategic insights are dead-on and remind me a bit of Don Cherry's Hockey Night In Canada coaching tips, replete with humor and memorable, even shareable, anecdotes. The sheer applicability makes it more helpful than most "Campaign 101" or "Rules for Radicals" knockoffs on the market. The less-applicable rules are a reminder of how campaigning is an art, requiring an interpretive hand to thread the subject and object together. It also contains the recipe for Nixon's favorite mixed drink, which is honestly worth the price of the whole book. Final note: Kindle readers should consider the print edition. This book contains pictures and cartoons throughout. You will want to see them on paper.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Berkley

    An inside look on how the world realistically works. Appearance does matter, everything is a game of chess and who you know can get you anything. Was a great read and I loved how honest and straight forward he was with his opinions and backstories. Whether you see him as a villian or a genius, you still have to have some respect for the man.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aseem Juneja

    This book is pushing Roger Stone's agenda in the garb of advising how to dress up..This is not the 1920's and those styles don't work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Billou

    Roger Stone is the smartest and toughest man in US politics. His wisdom is worth learning from. I want him on my podcast!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Gordeeva

    Если вы не "шарите" в политике и в истории США (ну то есть как и я), читайте с Google. Книга написана одним из самых известных политтехнологов США, экс-советником Дональда Трампа. У него много и других титулов: "Верховный жрец политического нахальства", "специалист по черной политической магии", "мастер-джедай черного пиара" и т.д. . Посмотрела часы политических дебатов и интервью, прочитала десятки сайтов с информацией о различных политических деятелях. С учётом этого предисловия пишу плюсы и мин Если вы не "шарите" в политике и в истории США (ну то есть как и я), читайте с Google. Книга написана одним из самых известных политтехнологов США, экс-советником Дональда Трампа. У него много и других титулов: "Верховный жрец политического нахальства", "специалист по черной политической магии", "мастер-джедай черного пиара" и т.д. . Посмотрела часы политических дебатов и интервью, прочитала десятки сайтов с информацией о различных политических деятелях. С учётом этого предисловия пишу плюсы и минусы на мой субъективный взгляд": . ✔️ -очень познавательно,если параллельно гуглить дополнительную информацию; -мало воды,круто структурировано; -есть много дельных советов относительно мужского гардероба,моментами ,можно сказать,must have; -жестко,но максимально четко и с юмором отмечен ряд моментов (тот случай, когда пошлость уместна). . ❌ -Трамп - гений последней инстанции и рождён быть президентом (без комментариев); -некоторые мысли слишком натянуты и субъективны (бедная Хиллари Клинтон); -видно,что книга написана лоббистом (резкие, однозначные,эмоционально окрашенные высказывания;все советы нацелены на продвижение,грамотную продажу своего "я"; позиционирование авторского "крутовства" просто сочится во всех 140 советах).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    As I watched Roger Stone be arrested by the FBI I realized I knew very little about him, aside that he was a snake in the grass as far as political operatives for the right. Alas, I wanted to read this book to get some insight into his personality, and there's some of that in this book. It's easy to just hate someone because you disagree with them, but there is no way to learn from that. Surely somewhere in this toxic character there may be things to glean. I was not disappointed in this. Stone's As I watched Roger Stone be arrested by the FBI I realized I knew very little about him, aside that he was a snake in the grass as far as political operatives for the right. Alas, I wanted to read this book to get some insight into his personality, and there's some of that in this book. It's easy to just hate someone because you disagree with them, but there is no way to learn from that. Surely somewhere in this toxic character there may be things to glean. I was not disappointed in this. Stone's Rules is exactly what it sounds like; a list of rules that Stone presumes to live by. Mostly his rules revolve around presentation (what to wear, what not to wear). There's tidbits of politics in there, but mostly it's about what sort of shirt should be worn with your suit, and how best to match your appearance with how the world sees you. He speaks intently on how important it is to look and feel good in order for you to be most capable, which is something that can be used in any of life's battlefront. Ultimately, there's not much meat here, but a quick and light read to try to get into this character's head.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joe Richardson

    Probably a two star book, but it's definitely amusing, so three. 140 rules, with about a rule per page, there's quite a bit of blank space. Half of the book, oddly, is devoted to advice towards high end men's fashion. Not what I was hoping for but still enjoyed reading it. The other half is a mixture of political tactics, right wing propaganda (anecdotes where stone's favorite politicians looked cool and his least favorite looked uncool), macho themed self help, and some miscellaneous bits (ther Probably a two star book, but it's definitely amusing, so three. 140 rules, with about a rule per page, there's quite a bit of blank space. Half of the book, oddly, is devoted to advice towards high end men's fashion. Not what I was hoping for but still enjoyed reading it. The other half is a mixture of political tactics, right wing propaganda (anecdotes where stone's favorite politicians looked cool and his least favorite looked uncool), macho themed self help, and some miscellaneous bits (there's a drink recipe in here. Some talk about his sex life, weird views, etc.) The political commentary parts seem to describe Trump pretty accurately. Even though it's scant, and most of it I've heard before, it is definitely a thought experiment as to whether or not his advice is enough to run an election on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Bigney

    I watched the movie “Get me Roger Stone” awhile back, and then again the other night and both times, surprisingly, found myself really liking the guy. This book is just a list of stones rules , a lot about fashion, but I did like his political insights, and agreed with him about a few things. The best takeaway from this book was his “Sunday Gravy” recipe. Sunday Gravy One medium yellow onion, diced Cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes. Add 3 cloves of garlic 2 cans san Marzano tomatoes break t I watched the movie “Get me Roger Stone” awhile back, and then again the other night and both times, surprisingly, found myself really liking the guy. This book is just a list of stones rules , a lot about fashion, but I did like his political insights, and agreed with him about a few things. The best takeaway from this book was his “Sunday Gravy” recipe. Sunday Gravy One medium yellow onion, diced Cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes. Add 3 cloves of garlic 2 cans san Marzano tomatoes break them apart Two tablespoons oregano One tbps mixed Italian spices basil thyme marjoram rosemary sage Black pepper salt One can tomato paste one equal can of water Cook on low for 1 hour .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colby Denton

    Definitely a great book giving you insight into this political legend's life and how he thinks. It also has some great tips for men on how to dress, act and carry themselves. It's very entertaining and written in a way that you can read a few pages, put it down and pick it up whenever, but I found the content too intriguing to just put down very much. Roger Stone is a rock star, and this gives you a little background into why.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Serwach

    His best book ever: a primer for political people The audacious (yet funny) Roger Stone, who recognized the ability of Donald Trump to win the White House in the 1980s, details the “rules” he follows that have helped his win numerous campaigns throughout his career. Inspired the Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Condenanza

    Fun read! No matter your political views, you have to admit that Mr. Stone is an interesting man. In this book, Mr. Stone shares his rules, a set of different habits, wardrobe choices and managerial styles for campaigners and political candidates, but that it can also be applied to other life dealings. Very entertaining!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arshia

    Not a bad book. a lot of repeated stuff, but good

  26. 5 out of 5

    Attila Somfalvi

    The worst waste of money ever

  27. 4 out of 5

    Richard Novak

    Not anything new but phrased differently, and more entertainingly, than most books of the type.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rick Wen

    Alt-right version of The Art of War

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Gruenenfelder

    Read this book within a day. Whatever your feelings on Roger Store, a funny and upbeat read, with very solid life advice.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jake Sylvestre

    A men's guide to fashion from the 1930's with intermittent conspiracy theory's about the JFK assassination. The 2 stars is for the silver bullet martini recipe from Churchill

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