The Mona Lisa Stratagem

The Art of Women, Age, and Power

Harriet Rubin

Grand Central Publishing, April 2008

Around the time a woman reaches 45, there is one enemy with the power to threaten her confidence, steal her beauty, make her feel invisible, and turn even the pleasures of life against her. That enemy is Time. Most women feel that an essential part of them dies when their youth is gone, yet the reality is women can grow more beautiful, experience new pleasures, and accomplish their best work later in life. Now, taking inspiration from a masterpiece of female beauty, mystery, and immortality, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Harriet Rubin reveals a powerful stratagem for finding happiness and fulfillment in midlife and beyond. Interweaving stories of iconic women throughout history, Rubin codifies ten tactics–including how to be noticed, how to create circles of influence with you at the center, and how to express talents that have been ripening over decades. In the process, she uncovers the key to mature power, the highest art of leadership.

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About the Author

Harriet Rubin is the founder and Publisher of Doubleday’s Currency imprint and author of two books in addition to her latest titles, The Mona Lisa Strategem and Dante In LoveThe Princessa: Machiavelli for Women, an international bestseller currently in its eighth US paperback printing and in fifteen foreign editions. A freelance writer, she serves on the USA Today editorial board and has served as a contributing editor at Fast Company magazine.