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The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook

The 48 Laws of Power

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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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    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13
    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Whatever....."
    What three words best describe Don Leslie’s performance?

    Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?


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    This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michcail 10-26-16
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a great book to listen to, it will teach you so many things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 10-05-16
    Alex 10-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A hidden reality of everyday"

    The voice and tones of the narrator transfer emotions that help you to Understand The Power and See it as what it is.....A psychological game played every single day, even when you don't know it....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazed by my opportunity, scared of my new ability"

    After having learned so much I am amazed at the opportunities I have to put this new found knowledge into practice. That I am afraid at how well I will do.

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    Etienne Juneau 08-21-16
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    "A masterpiece"

    Reading the book title, description, and comments, I expected a collection of shady tips for dishonest success. Instead, I found a well tought out book, full of historical examples. The structure is good. The logic is good. I agree with other reviewers: I don't plan on using many of the "laws" presented in this book, but I'm glad I'm more aware of them now.

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    Jahmia S. 08-17-16
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    "The Book For Life"

    I must say this book has explained everything I always had questions about. I just wish knew about this years ago so I could've had a way easier time in maneuvering in the world.

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    el_nando 07-14-16
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    "excellent book"

    one of the best I have listened, I have listen this book 4 times and love it and many of his book, hope to read more from him, they are real life

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    Michael Montalto Chicago, IL 02-14-13
    Michael Montalto Chicago, IL 02-14-13
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    Any additional comments?

    The 48 Laws of Power makes quite a lot of sense as told and understood by the author. Greene references 12th - 18th century figures to illustrate his points and he does it well.

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    K. Williamson Miami, FL 02-21-11
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    "Amazing Clarity into How the Powerful get Powerful"

    Forget Tony Robbins .. read this book if you truly want that dark secret about what power is, how to get it and how to use it. A rare find, I rarely recommend it as in the wrong hands, this is dangerous stuff.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Gainesville, VA, USA 07-08-09
    Christopher Gainesville, VA, USA 07-08-09
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    "good read"

    informative but a little heavy on history. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to a friend

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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