Listen to the companion audiobook, The 33 Strategies of War.
©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
I would change the negative approche.
The ideas are good. The story's are long
Not for me
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.
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.
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.
this sucks its a waste of time
"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.
"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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