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The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

The 48 Laws of Power

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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.

Listen to the companion audiobook, The 33 Strategies of War.

©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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    Collette 04-14-15
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    "Restarting it immediately."

    This is a perfect guide for maneuvering yourself and others. Loved it and have recommended to several people already. Perfection

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montalto Chicago, IL 02-14-13
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    Any additional comments?

    The 48 Laws of Power makes quite a lot of sense as told and understood by the author. Greene references 12th - 18th century figures to illustrate his points and he does it well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 12-17-09
    Ray 12-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Wise Advice"

    Everything he suggests hinges on self-control, particularly control of emotions, and since an overwhelming majority of the population is incapable or unwilling to do attain to such discipline, this book is unlikely to become the Machiavellian tool of the 21st century.
    Ironically, most of what is suggested in this book can be found in the Bible, old and new testament. Mainly Proverbs and the new testament "fruit of the Spirit."
    So if one strips away the devious, even evil intent of what is proposed here, what is left is much the same philosophy that is found in the Bible. Discretion of speech, self-control, show humility when appropriate, boldness when appropriate, not to make enemies with your harsh words, not to hold grudges or live in the past, even meekness is proposed in the book.

    25 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Gainesville, VA, USA 07-08-09
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    "good read"

    informative but a little heavy on history. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to a friend

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anomoly United States 08-16-08
    Anomoly United States 08-16-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Incredible"

    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.

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    John Kissimmee, FL, USA 07-11-08
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    "Great Book"

    This book is a great buy. I own the audio and print versions. The narrator does a good job.

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    K. Williamson Miami, FL 02-21-11
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    "Amazing Clarity into How the Powerful get Powerful"

    Forget Tony Robbins .. read this book if you truly want that dark secret about what power is, how to get it and how to use it. A rare find, I rarely recommend it as in the wrong hands, this is dangerous stuff.

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    A back-story of politics personal and public. Abundant secondary references thrilling for the history buff, less so for others.

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    "love it"

    i listen this book. And loved it, i will admitt not all of what the book had to offer made sense to me, but it really hits home. Most book hint at a point, but this book went all the way it tells you step by step how to follow each law. Try it!!!!

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    anthony new york, NY, United States 02-21-13
    anthony new york, NY, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The Most Cynical Book I have Ever Read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be enjoyed by a person who is paranoid, because it may help to confirm their paranoid world view.


    Has The 48 Laws of Power turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It offered some brief history lessons


    Any additional comments?

    The title is misleading. First, it implies there is a discrete number of laws of power - 48, no more, no less -- and the author is revealing them. I got the impression that the author could have consolidated a few of the "laws" or perhaps thought up a few more. Or maybe the author just nodded off after the first 48 and stopped writing. Second, these aren't so much as laws as they are lessons or reflections or heuristics or suggestions. Calling them laws is akin to calling "You must cover your mouth when you yawn" a law. Which brings me to the narrator, who is terrible. His melodramatic inflections, speaking the lessons that imply high stakes, made me feel like I was hearing the pitch of a snake-oil salesman. "Buy what I am selling, or face the consequences!" And what's up with the cheesy violins that swell up between each chapter? Needlessly distracting. Don't waste your time with this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • GenKan
    5/21/14
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    "Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant"
    If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

    A guide how to see signs of people using, abusing, playing games and controlling you. Or if used it can make you a very powerful and manipulative person who most would view as evil.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher Columbus, some one who took the power by just aiming for the stars and got away with the moon. If proof was ever needed that with confidence and knowing what to ask for and how, will make you appear much more powerful then you actually are.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to become a powerful monster, its a step by step guide

    If you want to learn how to deal with the monsters, its a step by step guide as well. Bottom line is that people will use the techniques used in this book against you, subconsciously or knowingly and regardless it helps knowing and seeing the signs that some one is playing you.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Omotola Alade
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    "very good"

    full of contraditctions from one law to the other. but such is the mystery of power. they dont teach things like this in school. must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ismail
    10/6/15
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    "Powerful book. Complicated to follow"

    Its a great book. Powerful concepts. Examples can be very complicated to follow at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tam Shanter
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    7/23/15
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    "Incredible insight into the world of Ego/Greed!"

    If you want cut throat, selfish and egotistical brain massaging, this the book for you.

    This book takes as its premise that all people act purely to out of self interest and encourages the use of power play behaviours to take advantage of the weak, infirm and/or genuinely nice. According to this thinking altruism is a lie or at best an illusion.

    This book is truly poisonous in the wrong hands.

    I have read Robert Greene's 'Masters' and enjoyed his ability to entwine self-help sage advice with real life stories. Always aware that often this sort of advice is pre-desired by the reader rather than being some innate truth.
    The book covers have always been a big draw as the graphic is so strong and simple but completely on message. This is why my curiosity was drawn to Power. I was truly shocked by the content. On the other hand the book is well written and enthrallingly narrated.

    If you do buy this book, please remember with great power comes great 'responsibility' ; possibly a good title for Greene's follow up novel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Levy
    Manchester, England
    5/18/15
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    "A good listen"

    A good listen. Some of the stories are a bit hard to follow. Also the chapters don't have titles, what's that about? Overall a good book. Each law could probably be books in themselves. Of course at the end you're reminded of the paradox that you should forget what rules you've learned and adapt to the situation at hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reneil Millington
    4/14/15
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    "Very good"

    it starts off a bit boring but improve to be quite good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • a.nelson
    3/25/15
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    "one of my favourite books."

    absolutely brilliant. an intriguing read or listen. just for the short stories a must. for the wisdom a definite must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harem
    1/9/15
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    "Evil Genius!"

    One of the best books i have read in the past decade -- more educational than a pair of uneducated parents. Robert Greene, you are one evil genius. Having read it twice I can simply say this is a guidebook to politicians as Bible / Quran are to Christians / Muslims. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
    2/10/14
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    "Evil, manipulative and purely wrong."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As with all books - I went with my gut instinct here and returned this audiobook.

    I managed to listen to the preface and Law 1 only and had to turn it off. Half way through the preface I had a growing feeling in my gut that what I was listening to was WRONG. It was wrong on many levels, manipulative and bad for me to the point my stomach turned and I felt physically sick. I always trust my gut on this - this way of thinking about the world, other people and everything (you need to sneak your way to the top, disguise your intentions, lie, deceive, hide your emotions, conspire and "play the game") isn't good for you.

    I will go with truth, transparency, owning up to mistakes and emotional intelligence instead - and you will be much better off. Why not listen to the "Anatomy of peace" instead...


    Has The 48 Laws of Power put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Leslie’s performances?

    Maybe


    What character would you cut from The 48 Laws of Power?

    Are there any characters in that book?


    6 of 25 people found this review helpful

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