An American Jew
"A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass."
Esquire
"I've never read a self help book that wasn't fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It's amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I'd assign, along with the letters of Flannery O'Connor."
Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls

Summary

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Praise for An American Jew

"A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass."
Esquire
"I've never read a self help book that wasn't fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It's amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I'd assign, along with the letters of Flannery O'Connor."
Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls
"Pressfield has crafted an enlightening book about the myriad challenges he faces every day and ways in which he battles the terror of a blank sheet of paper. Though it's written for writers, I imagine many of you would find it helpful as you struggle to keep your own creative flames shining brightly."
Adweek
"While certainly of great value to frustrated writers struggling with writer's block, Pressfield's highly personal philosophy, soundly rooted in his own significant life challenges, has merit for anyone frustrated in fulfilling his or her life purpose."
Library Journal
"Pressfield is a riveting storyteller and his advice might put some spine into you."
Seattle Times
"Yes, The War of Art is hell. But Steven Pressfield is our Clausewitz who shows how you too can battle against The Four Horsemen of The Apologetic: sloth, inertia, rationalization and procrastination. Shakespeare, Rembrandt and Beethoven all are proof of what you can do with talent and General Pressfield."
Frank Deford, author and NPR commentator
"A marvelous help for anybody who has ever encountered the resistance of a blank page, an empty canvas or an unyielding musical scale."
Stan Berenstain, co-creator of The Berenstain Bears
"The War of Art is a real find in the overcrowded field of self-help books. It stands out with its humor and its wisdom from a man who has faced his own demons and come out swinging. If you just take one or two of the suggestions in this book, you'll be moved to get up, to get going and to try to create goals for your life. I don't just recommend this book for writers, but for anyone who wants to be a little bit better than they were the day before."
Gloria Naylor, author of Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place
"The War of Art is a book about 'making'—for the beginner, the pro, for those of us in service to our craft. Pressfield's wisdom got me through the darkest night of my writing."
Mary Sojourner, NPR commentator, novelist, essayist and columnist