This was a great pragmatic look at power and what has made powerful people powerful throughout history. It is definitely told from a narcissistic point of view… but, then again, it is a book that people read who want to become more powerful.
Better titled as "tricks for winning" there is no coherent strategy. And no successful person in history has applied all of these very situational and contradictory laws.
Fascinating and compelling. Great narrator. This was top notch. I will listen to it again. One of the best I've ordered.
Not imply that normal people should live this way.
The narration was fine.
I think a better name for this book might be “A Psychopath’s Guide to World Domination.” The popularity of this book makes me fear for the future of humanity. You can go ahead and call me a Pollyanna, but I think I get a much richer and more satisfying life out of seeing the world that way than I could ever get from following these “rules.” This book gets a couple of stars because if you’re an aspiring novelist and looking for a set guiding principles for your villains to live by, will there you go.
This was the best book I've read and now to hear it was more enjoyable than I could have imagined. I doubt I'll actually read another book for reading's pleasure - I'm hooked on Audible.
The narrator's voice is downright creepy. The content is sociopathic in some ways but common sense and helpful in others. All in all, I'm very glad I listened to it!
All I can say is that it is a must read but I believe it's not for everyone. The wrong person gets this it's over for the people they are around. But it's a great read you won't want to put the book down until it's done. You will read it over and over again.
There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...
The ending!? This is a collection of parables, not a fictional story...
Louis XIV getting rid of Nicolas Fouquet.
maybe a TV show, but it would have to be on PBS
The "laws" he mentions are over-broad, generalized, and very contradictory.
The style is very pompous, but I liked that aspect of it, ironically.
However, in terms of the historical accuracy of this author's analyses, I would say he's very much trying to push square pegs into round holes...