I don't think the lessons of this book pertain to our time. It is certainly good to know about these tactics so that you can avoid petty and dishonorable people that use them, But anyone espousing the use of these tactics is certainly dishonorable. And although certainly a colorful depiction of history, I suspect that most stories i've been bent by the author to fit the lessons, as we certainly do not have accurate records from those past times. Another caution: some of the tactics are contradictory.
Power is power.
I liked the predictive structure of the book - how each chapter was broken into the following parts: 1) The identification of the Law of Power, 2) a description of the law, 3) an historical story demonstrating how the power has been applied in the past, in addition to the consequences of the power play, and 4) caution regarding how the law might backfire.
I'm not drawn to practicing the 48 Laws of Power to gain personal or professional power, and because of that I didn't really enjoy Don Leslie's gravelly, sometimes sneering voice. However, I'm not sure that a better narrator could be chosen to convey the darkness/shadiness that power-hungry people can operate with. His sneering tone helped me to listen more closely, and to be mindful about how others might be trying to apply such laws of power to our personal/professional relationship, and when I pick up on such instances I sometimes "hear" Leslie's voice warning me to be cautious.
Having an awareness of another's attack plan is not unfair play.
Some might not like this book because they might see it only as an instruction guide about how to manipulate and hurt people. I would encourage people in this boat to re-read the book and try to use it as a manual about how to protect oneself from being manipulated and hurt. I have worked in a variety of industries - from retail to higher education, and production to social services - and I cannot think of an industry where the information shared would not be applicable. Politics are everywhere, and one can use the Laws of Power to gain political prowess, or at the very least to prevent others from holding them back.
This book has changed everything i have thought how to handle business and interactions with people. While enjoying this book i started using the principles it talked about and saw instant results. Great book and a must read. Gonna get a hardcopy to keep for reference
First book that i read from start to finished it was a constant page turner I was intrigued and interested from the beginning all the way to the very end I definitely recommend say yes for this book 10 stars
read the 50th law and art of seduction this book is amazingly great and a great teacher on how power can be gained
This book was a recommendation that left me very disappointed and a few dollars poorer. I don't know what I expected; I should've know by the title that it would be toxic, but I had to find out.
So here's the deal...I've never been an overly religious guy and don't mean to call out the devil (hooves and horns and all) but I'm surprised this book survived the scorching fire at the publisher's home office, and made it to earth after it was printed.
All joking aside, the book opens by establishing the "attainment of power" as the only goal we should strive for in life. Power is likened to "god-hood" and all other values such are empathy and love are indirectly scorned.
I only listened long enough to to hear three of the forty-eight "laws," but in that time was told I can be like a god, should never trust my friends, and if I don't have any, should make enemies quickly.
I don't know, but suspect that if you want a promotion or a $500 raise...some of these principles could get you there...additionally though, I'd bet that if I chose to follow the ideas proposed in this book, I would die a miserable, un-loved man.
Let's quit worrying so much about becoming powerful, and let's learn to love. Before today is over I'm going to meet someone new and make their day better than it would've been otherwise. It would be cool if you do too.
Yes. I just purchased Seduction in hopes of it being better. Many of the reviews talk about how it's an amoral book and to be mentally prepared. I think it's a historical perspective on human nature and how it has evolved with respect to wielding power in social settings. Humanity, at its core, hasn't changed all that much, we just smooth over the application of power today to be more socially acceptable/palatable.
My only real complaint is after about law 25 I kept wondering when the book would end. I got bored because the rules began to resemble each other more and more. It almost became mundane, and I just wanted it to end. Hopefully Seduction will not be the same...