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The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

The 48 Laws of Power

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.
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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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    This reinforces innate qualities and forces you to be strategic in all things. Loved it.

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    This book has giving me so much wisdom I can use for the rest of my life. The narrative was spoken in a way to allow my mind to soak in the information.

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    loved it very good book
    very educational brain food trust me read it if you have not

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    "Prett compelling. A bit redundant. Great narration."

    The factors the author highlighted were very compelling. Well thought out. The examples however were highly concentrated in time. Would have liked to have seen some more modern examples used. Not for clarity's sake, just entertainment value.

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    My first audiobook ever. I highly recommend it for everyone who's committed to personal growth.

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    "Only for people with bad intentions"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People with bad intentions.


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

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 48 Laws of Power?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a book, for people, who have bad intentions, and this is a book who someone who wants to improve as a person should not read.

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    What made the experience of listening to The 48 Laws of Power the most enjoyable?

    The mix of stories acting like case studies and the overall formate was very well designed to teach each law.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 48 Laws of Power?

    Galileo's change of strategy with the medici.


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Narrator had a truly deep and commanding presence with interesting subtle inflections and variations at key points. Overall, listening to his voice was like drinking liquid butter.


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    Gerald Pratt roanoke, va 06-29-15
    Gerald Pratt roanoke, va 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Awesome"

    Awesome book. I will definitely purchase more by the author. I learned a lot about movement and strategy.

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    Jorge 06-25-15
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    A good book, full of history that relates to the idea of the chapter, yet a bit slow.

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    Nikos Kakavoulis 06-15-15

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    "A bit too dark at times"

    Many tidbits of history and lots of though provoking advice but occasionally too dark and gloomy.

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