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The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene

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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). But like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded, or been victimized by, power, these laws will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

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Outstanding Book - Great Stories

The laws themselves are only mildly interesting. What's amazing about this book is the great stories told to prove the concept behind each law. For anyone looking for great cocktail conversation starters, this book has many. I've used dozens of the concepts in this book in my own life. Great book.

Pinkie should have held this book up for Brain to read... so he could try to take over the world!

To be honest it was this books most scathing review that prompted me to download and enjoy this book. It is a great history lesson of cunning , greedy and interesting people's manipulation of others to rise to power. The people writen in this book for the most part are not good people, they were however very smart. Having read the book I now find reality TV much more interesting as I see can now see the rise and failure with use and miss-use of the the laws of power.

Book Is Not Complete

They've excluded the reversals to all the laws and all the little stories that are included in the book! If you want your money's worth read the book, but it is still good to have as an audiobook 4 stars from me

Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
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  • Narrator: Don Leslie
  • Published: 2007
  • Category: Business
  • Provider: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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