Listen to the companion audiobook, The 33 Strategies of War.
©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
I don't think the lessons of this book pertain to our time. It is certainly good to know about these tactics so that you can avoid petty and dishonorable people that use them, But anyone espousing the use of these tactics is certainly dishonorable. And although certainly a colorful depiction of history, I suspect that most stories i've been bent by the author to fit the lessons, as we certainly do not have accurate records from those past times. Another caution: some of the tactics are contradictory.
Power is power.
I liked the predictive structure of the book - how each chapter was broken into the following parts: 1) The identification of the Law of Power, 2) a description of the law, 3) an historical story demonstrating how the power has been applied in the past, in addition to the consequences of the power play, and 4) caution regarding how the law might backfire.
I'm not drawn to practicing the 48 Laws of Power to gain personal or professional power, and because of that I didn't really enjoy Don Leslie's gravelly, sometimes sneering voice. However, I'm not sure that a better narrator could be chosen to convey the darkness/shadiness that power-hungry people can operate with. His sneering tone helped me to listen more closely, and to be mindful about how others might be trying to apply such laws of power to our personal/professional relationship, and when I pick up on such instances I sometimes "hear" Leslie's voice warning me to be cautious.
Having an awareness of another's attack plan is not unfair play.
Some might not like this book because they might see it only as an instruction guide about how to manipulate and hurt people. I would encourage people in this boat to re-read the book and try to use it as a manual about how to protect oneself from being manipulated and hurt. I have worked in a variety of industries - from retail to higher education, and production to social services - and I cannot think of an industry where the information shared would not be applicable. Politics are everywhere, and one can use the Laws of Power to gain political prowess, or at the very least to prevent others from holding them back.
This book has changed everything i have thought how to handle business and interactions with people. While enjoying this book i started using the principles it talked about and saw instant results. Great book and a must read. Gonna get a hardcopy to keep for reference
First book that i read from start to finished it was a constant page turner I was intrigued and interested from the beginning all the way to the very end I definitely recommend say yes for this book 10 stars
"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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