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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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    Amazon Customer 10-16-17
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    "indelible"

    Is an incredible insight into the realm of power. Endless in possibilities, listen for sheer entertainment or strategy.

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-17
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    "cynical and soulless"

    The setup was cynical and soulless. Follow this guide and you may have some power but you will have no real friends and no richness in your life. Regarding the content, some of the laws contradict one another making me think it's less A well-thought-out Treatise on Power and more about enriching the authors coffers.

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    Hash Poetin 10-13-17
    Hash Poetin 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Powerful"

    I new have a different outlook on deception an where it can take you 😎

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    Amazon Customer 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I love this book. I enjoyed this book and i have read it 2 and heard it over 10 times. Very informative.

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    EHATX 09-16-17
    EHATX 09-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor attempt at a 2nd Machiavelli "

    Poor. Abandons all morality in the pursuit of ambition for human 'power'. Labels fairness as 'foolishness'. Wants to replace morality and decency with personal greed.

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    Jonathan A. 08-16-17
    Jonathan A. 08-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The 48 LIES of Power"
    What was most disappointing about Robert Greene’s story?

    The overly repetitive theme that somehow dishonesty is the only/best path to power is nonsense. I wouldn't want a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a leader, or anyone, operating under the delusion that the perversion of truth is the ultimate form of power. What a wast of time to believe that suggestions in this book will result in any type of lasting satisfaction. This book is a prime example of "live by the sword, die by the sword."

    If you are looking for a book that will help you identify when someone is taking advantage of you in the areas of power...keep looking!


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    Amazon Customer 07-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    book and well read. A true fan of Robert Greene. I've read every one of his books and they are all my favorite

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    haha 07-14-17
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    "insightful"

    Great book! A lot of "intellectuals" cry and moan about many of the laws being contradictory, but they're not when you apply them in the right context and situations. These are the same people that fail a kindergarten logic test and watch fake news thinking it's absolute reality.

    "Muh Russia," "muh lagacy"

    This is a worthwhile investment in time and money, it's like "the art of war" for the West.

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    Andrew Crook Canada 07-13-17
    Andrew Crook Canada 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not safe for work"

    There were times when listening that I had to make sure no one was listening to me. the narrator speaks with a wicked tone. this is truly a con man's guide to power.

    the interesting thing is that all masters are treated as marks by those lower then them (who have the intelligence and ambition to recognize this truth). All courtier are the masters to other people. (so we are all masters, courtiers and marks)

    It's a vicious cycle. That being said, you must understand power if you wish to free yourself from its lure. to abuse power is to play and lose the game of thrones.

    beware, this book will open eyes, but if you do not have the wisdom to respect awesome power, it will consume you.

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    MJ 07-11-17
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    "great narration!"

    i could get thru this book mainly because of the excellent narration. the voice modulation and story-telling is one of the best of audible i've heard so far!

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  • GenKan
    5/21/14
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • harry burry
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    "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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yewande
    Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
    10/19/17
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    "Scary great read!!! "

    Treasure trove of information. The fact that some people have been using these tactics on others for years is scary though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/4/17
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    "love it"

    this is my favorite book, I love it so much. love the stories... 👍👍. read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ayo
    3/12/17
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    "lovely"

    I love it. I'm sure everyone does. many lessons to learn in how to manoeuvre in life.

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  • Omotola Alade
    6/15/16
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    "very good"

    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

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  • Ismail
    10/6/15
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    "Powerful book. Complicated to follow"

    Its a great book. Powerful concepts. Examples can be very complicated to follow at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Levy
    Manchester, England
    5/18/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reneil Millington
    4/14/15
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    "Very good"

    it starts off a bit boring but improve to be quite good

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  • a.nelson
    3/25/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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