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 Graciï¿½n, 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 Graciï¿½n'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.