I completely misunderstood what I was about to read when I got this book. I foolishly thought it was going to be a strongly researched and thoughtful historical investigation into the nature of power with 48 astute observations similar to Good to Great or other thoughtful research.
This books is probably written for and is appealing to the shallow and overconfident who seek to take more from the world than they give by using the perpetually infantile "well, they're doing it!."
If you are committed to understanding the human condition and pushing our socio-evolution to higher and higher levels of mutuality, collaboration, and "peace on earth, good will toward" one another, this book is either comedy, parody, or pathetic. Maybe the author has his tongue in his cheek like Rush Limbaugh who makes bazillions whipping the ignorant into a frenzy. I find that annoying. I find this book annoying.
More concretely, there are two ways to research or investigate a subject; one is to know already what you believe and then find examples that you can stick into your belief system. A good example of this is Creationism. Another good example of this is this book. The other, more...what shall I say, interesting way is to wonder about something, investigate it, look at your findings and see what what you can make of it - even if you don't like what you find.
The world, in my view, is moving - slowly - to a more beautiful way to think about power (Read Robert Greenleaf's The Servant Leader for starters, then read something like The Joy of Work by Bakke and, again, Collins' Good to Great where we find great leaders "looking out the window" when things go well and "looking in the mirror" when things go badly).
You can't talk people out of listening to Rush Limbaugh and those people will love this book. I think I just wandered into the wrong bar. My bad.
Footnote: The reader really does a perfect job with the text that he's given. He uses an arrogant, pompous style in keeping with the pretentiousness of the book. I didn't like it, but the reader was spot on in his performance. I would have given him 4-stars but he should have had enough integrity not to have read the book!
I think the content is great. I love the stories and case studies/historical examples that the author uses. The author likes to use words that suggest that in order to be powerful you must use trickery and deception. Perhaps his view of the world has always been of scarcity which is why his view on these topics feels so dark. I believe that by changing a few words but keeping all the same points there is an abundance based way to view and write this content that speaks to ways that we can achieve our aims without manipulation and create our success without feeling the need to walk all over the people around us to get there.
Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?
This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.
The narrator is really smarmy and the whole thing seems to be written and recorded for the misfit adult that is desperate for power. ie.the adult that played too many hours of Dungeons and Dragons as a kid and feels the need to be superior to the world. The narration should have been done straight to be taken seriously at all.
Another downside is that the stories have been abridged and the whole thing comes across as a put on.
Last downside: I went to the author's website to see what his background was. I wish that I went there first. This guy is marketing himself to the hip hop/gangsta rap community. In other words: Desparate people with destructive lives.
What can i say that hasn't already been said...
I was walking through the books store and this one called me out. I flipped through it and realized how dark and sinister it seemed, yet i felt the draw to check it out.
When i got home and saw it was on Audible i got it.
Let me say this... If history class had been more like this book, i would have LOVED IT! A lot of great info and the narration adds to the enthrallment.
One thing is for sure, power takes commitment.
Great read, highly recommend.
Nothing but a broken MP3 player could have made this a better listening experience. This is 25% history which was ok and 75% how to be a liar and over all bad person. If teaching yourself how to stroke your ego while stepping on and hurting everyone as you go is your goal, this book is perfect!
A back-story of politics personal and public. Abundant secondary references thrilling for the history buff, less so for others.
Lots of examples of how people didn't use a "Law of Power". It could have used more examples of sucessful examples of the "Law's of Power" being practiced. Maybe I am not made to have "Power", but many of these principles directly contradict my beliefs. In addittion one "Law of Power" will contradict another "Law of Power". I did get some insight relative to a few of the laws, but many of them just aren't very applicable as described. Save your money.