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©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
A very cynical tone
What is your competition thinking
This was a fun, interesting, and informative book!
You don't have to agree with the laws and methods but its the truth! And knowing how to combat/ the enemy is the right starting point.
These laws can be seen in all types of relationships one has in life.
This is a corny book, spoken in a corny voice that delivers permanent truths. It's basically primer on emotional intelligence under the guise of duplicitous manipulation, delivered so it can be understood by the mental midgets who would think manipulation is worthwhile or possible.
"Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant"
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.
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.
It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century
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.
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
"Powerful book. Complicated to follow"
Its a great book. Powerful concepts. Examples can be very complicated to follow at times.
"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?
"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.
it starts off a bit boring but improve to be quite good
"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.
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.
"Evil, manipulative and purely wrong."
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...
Are there any characters in that book?
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