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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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Good Phychology Lesson

This book is a historic analysis of power psychology...and it's awesome! It makes you think about your relationships, helps clarify social dynamics and conflict into manageable predictability through awareness, and offers tried-and-true transferable how-to's. Rad.

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Deceptively powerful

loved every chapter. thought this was based on positive reinforcement, but I was gladly mistaken

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Great Power Tool

GREAT Power tool. Can be used in daily life. I can see this being used by politicians and people in power at every turn.

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awesome book

love which they have the same narrator on some of his other audiobooks. the best

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Great Book

Would you listen to The 48 Laws of Power again? Why?

I would listen to The 48 Laws of Power again, I really enjoyed listening to this book. Although, I do not agree with every law in the book there are a great deal that will help individuals to manipulate their way to the top and be successful doing it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have a favorite character because it seems every character was manipulative and only using others to get what they need. Although their manipulation and scheming worked out for them in the end a lot of people was hurt and sacrificed for ones own benefit.

What did you learn from The 48 Laws of Power that you would use in your daily life?

I learned ways people can be manipulative towards others to gain control and get what they want. This book just gives a detailed overview and example of ways people thought out and planned revenge, deceit, profit, and respect.

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Robert Greene is a sinister individual

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I just cannot believe someone is preaching openly the principles found in this book. Following the principles in this book might give you temporary ''success'', but in the long run, you will end up a loser and miserable.

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Fascinating

If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

A must read

What did you like best about this story?

An intriguing topic which is cleverly presented.

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

The narrator is easy to listen to.

If you could give The 48 Laws of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

The title is appropriate

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great book

I loved this audition
the book make such good points
This a book to be appreciate time and again because there is so many layers to be understood

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Fascinating perspective, historical references...

Made for most informative read and upon completion lol wished there had been 49 laws so not to end an excellent book.

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I loved every minute

I love the delivery of this audio book. I learned a great deal. I'll be listening to it over and over again.