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Keith

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  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (936)

    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.

    Ricardo says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Good book, well read"
    Overall

    Well read -- the narrator reads it as if he understands it. If you understand what this book is about, it's extremely well done as a whole: core principles of how power is won, lost, or held, richly illustrated by historical examples. It's not a "grab power quick" kind of book, but more for those who would like to understand the larger stage of planning, plotting, and human emotion on which power struggles are carried out.

    I liked it because it's accurate, from my 20+ year perspective in corporate American life, but also because the book brings motive and human nature into perspective, and not just the mechanics of power. And personally, I enjoy the format of presenting one historical observation and one historical transgression of each law: it gives a good context and clarifies what the author is saying.

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