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The 48 Laws of Power | [Robert Greene]

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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    Robert LOrignal, ON, Canada 03-20-13
    Robert LOrignal, ON, Canada 03-20-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I imagine"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the negative approche.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The ideas are good. The story's are long


    Was The 48 Laws of Power worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Les Danville, CA, USA 11-01-08
    Les Danville, CA, USA 11-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Valid observations - overly cynical world view"

    Many of the observations (aka "laws") are valid. I recognize the overall patterns the author describes in my personal experiences. However, the value ladden commentary is over the top cynical and makes me wonder if the auther has any personal experience with power. In my experience, anyone with this sort of naive and negative view toward the use of power has their power taken away quickly. I find the content interesting and thought provoking, and maybe even helpful in the real world. However, I think the values that the author espouses will not lead to success in any meaningful way.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel philadelphia, PA, USA 12-21-07
    Nigel philadelphia, PA, USA 12-21-07
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    "Learn Life"

    I know many people that have read this book. And after reading it I've notice they live this book. I understand why and if you want a good guideline for living learn this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Collett 05-23-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Is this a joke?"

    I admit my review is not conclusive, I couldn't bear very much of this. It maybe works for car salesman or someone who wants to have "power" over a child or someone comparatively naive, but not the average person with a mind. Plus, the narrator sounded as if he too was mocking the book. If it had been Stephen Colbert narrating it would be purely comedy.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    07-22-10
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    "I HATE THIS BOOK NOBODY SHOULD BUY IT :)"

    this sucks its a waste of time

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Newmarket, United Kingdom
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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?


    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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