The 48 Laws of Power

The Laws of Power This amoral cunning ruthless and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli Sun Tzu and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen warriors seducers and co

This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages.

  • ✓ The 48 Laws of Power ☆ Robert Greene Joost Elffers
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The 48 Laws of Power

  1. There is than one author by this name on.Best selling author and public speaker, Robert Greene was born in Los Angeles He attended U.C California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire and in Hollywood as a story developer and writer Robert has lived in London, Paris, and Barcelona he speaks several languages and has worked as a translator In 1995 he was involved in the planning and creation of the art school Fabrica, outside Venice, Italy There he met Joost Elffers, the New York book packager and discussed with him his idea for a book on power and manipulation, the ultimate modern version of Machiavelli s The Prince.Robert and Joost became partners and in 1998, The 48 Laws of Power was born The book has been a national and international bestseller, and has been translated into 17 languages In 2001, Robert released his second book, The Art of Seduction, which is than a sequel to The 48 Laws it is both a handbook on how to wield the ultimate form of power, and a detailed look at the greatest seducers in history.The third in this highly anticipated series of books, The 33 Strategies of War, hit bookstores January 2006 and offers a strategic look behind the movements of War in application to everyday life In addition to having a strong following within the business world and a deep following in Washington, DC, these books are also being hailed by everyone from war historians to some of the heaviest hitters in the rap world including Jay Z and 50 Cent.The popularity of these books along with their vast and fiercely loyal audience proves these are profound, timeless lessons from historical leaders that still ring true in today s culture Robert currently lives in Los Angeles.

451 Reply to “The 48 Laws of Power”

  1. i learned to be eviiiilll with this book.haha actually this book made me realize how shady people can be Plus how smart you and ambitious you should be about succeeding in life You got to stand out in this world If you roll with the bunches you ll become lost You always have to have a good reputation or if you have a certain reputation you better use it to your advantage damn im evil hahaha This book will expose and teach you alot about the real world One of my first books i really read and enjo [...]

  2. When it comes to morality and ethics, people are used to thinking in terms of black and white Conversely, The 48 Laws of Power deals primarily with the gray areas At the risk of sounding melodramatic and trite, I say that most of the Laws covered in this book can be used for great evil or for great good It depends on the reader There is really nothing wrong with most of the Laws.Each Law comes with true stories from history about those who successfully observed it and those who foolishly or naiv [...]

  3. I think this is a horrible book Written well enough, sure, whatever, but just so very, very wrong, unless you have no morals At least with Machiavelli you could make the excuse that he wasn t so much advocating what he said, but merely describing reality This guy is advocating evil As I read it I couldn t help wondering how many politicians actually think this way.If I ever met someone who actually liked this book and wanted to live their life according to it, I would never hire that person, nev [...]

  4. Men are ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure Tacitus, C A.D 55 120 a woman who is interested in a man wants to see that other women are interested in him, too Not only does that give him instant value, it makes it all the satisfying to snatch him from their clutches Robert Greene Everything in seduction however, depends on suggestion You cannot announce your intentions or reveal them directly in words By saying less than necessary you cr [...]

  5. This book belongs in the category of sad but true For those who have a moral objection to the amoral approach of the authors presentation, I understand your feelings, but I think you miss the point No matter how we feel about the dubious power plays that have occurred throughout history and that occur in our contemporary private and public lives, the fact is that they exist Here are 48 approaches to power that you will either attempt to use or you will experience them being used against you at s [...]

  6. Did you ever notice how sometimes the right book comes along at the right time I bought this book way back in 01, almost as a joke it was so politically incorrect, but mostly for the stellar historical references remember, he who forgets the past is destined to repeat it Little did I realize this tome was to become one of the most dog eared and spine cracked books in my collection Initially, I was trying to make sense of the havoc that schemers and liars were wreaking upon me I used to be naive [...]

  7. I hated every word of this manual for the soulless It s a perfect example of exactly what s wrong with Big Pharma, big business, Wall Street, and in short capitalism as it s currently practiced This book, which is kinda sorta a synthesis of many previous Me First directives Machiavelli leaps to mind , is a handbook on how to fuck over everyone you come in contact with, in order for you to get ahead and succeed It d be awesome for sociopaths and wanna be CEOs It plunged me into despair Parts of i [...]

  8. For all the readers and reviewers who don t get or like this book, here s what you are not getting It is fact This book is not teaching anyone to be amoral It is teaching you how people really are in the real world It separates the behaviors and tactics of people in history who have succeeded and failed into the 48 Laws It is an explanation of power in the only way it can be expressed If you don t want to be a deceitful heartless prick who does whatever he can to whomever all for personal gain, [...]

  9. I completely misunderstood what I was about to read when I got this book I foolishly thought it was going to be a strongly researched and thoughtful historical investigation into the nature of power with 48 astute observations similar to Good to Great or other thoughtful research.This books is probably written for and is appealing to the shallow and overconfident who seek to take from the world than they give by using the perpetually infantile well, they re doing it If you are committed to unde [...]

  10. There are some engaging principles here that make you consider the principle of power from different vantage points This book is for those who already have a strong moral center as you find that the author meanders and introduces you to novel approaches to accquiring power often times at the expense of values In many ways, this book is Machiavellian in scope and re modifies many of the same principles in The Prince for our modern age If you re looking for a short cut to get to the top and to co [...]

  11. This is really an unique book that serves both as a manual as well as a reading of the history of power and how it was used through the ages I imagine most read this book to get insight into business transactions or self help but what is fascinating are the examples that are used to show certain aspects of obtaining or getting power That and Robert s other two books The Art of Seduction and the War one are important studies on the nature of those subject matters.Really unique and interesting

  12. A book of wisdom, a compilation of tactics, hordes of to avoid mistakes, rich set of brilliant tested ideas for thriving Although many of the rules might seem devilish, they d better be considered as lessons to be aware of in perilous social life This book is unspeakably well written Everyone can definitely benefit having it read for its lessons are ones that have been tested and utilized throughout the history by bold figures I really enjoyed this book and learned an intense amount of knowledge [...]

  13. Let me start by stating that I was EXTREMELY skeptical about this book, though I had heard so much about it prior to reading it I don t know, maybe it was the mood I was in My first thoughts while reading the preface were Oh godease don t let this be another book written from the point of view of an arrogant, self centered, self absorbed, narrow minded individual who only sees the world from his end of the spectrum, and believes that without his personal philosophy the rest of us mere mortals wo [...]

  14. This is Machiavelli updated for the everyman and woman Robert Greene is educated as all get out and he puts it out there for everyone to see Really, the only way you can make arguments for the positions he takes is by citing historical example, i.e the laws of power are immutable and unchanging and here s all my examples throughout history to explicate that Machiavelli really only relied on his own times Renaissance Italy which of course was populated with characters like Cesare Borge who were r [...]

  15. Robert Greene has done an excellent job of distilling how power works at the macro level, among great generals, statesmen, larger than life seducers, and even top CEOs at Fortune 500 companies But most of us do not experience power in the way that is presumed by these examples Most of us experience a much fluid, shifting, and consensus based form of power among people whom we must work with over and over again over many years and cannot afford to treat as disposable This book is of limited valu [...]

  16. Also posted on my blog i mbookedindefinitelyIn the confines of my sociological classes, where my known companions were Locke, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Mills, saying that I loved this book would perhaps even amount to an affront to the value I have assigned to it back then When I entered law school and got oriented in the ways of the law, the cunning, ruthless, and decisive ways of the legal world, I appreciated this book It was practical and in these present days it simply made sense I [...]

  17. I couldn t stomach this book so to be fair I only finished about a quarter of it so I can t speak for the whole thing A friend recommended it to me It seemed to justify selfishness on these somewhat flawed ethics based arguments I think it s a recommended reading for business majors Some folks love it A good book to check out on power that takes a somewhat different approach is Thich Naht Hanh s The Art of Power.

  18. The book is little than a collection of conflicting laws that are supported only by anecdotal evidence Good for entertainment and historical vignettes but no real substance or takeaways here.

  19. I ve seen many people disliking this book because it s evil What they do not understand that this book is meant to be evil And in its execution, it was spectacular This book is a classic I think the world is a horrible place because good people don t understand evil scheme, or can t plot evil scheme when its necessary to fight the evil As evil minds are generally ruthless in executing their schemes, they win most of the time To fight it, you must play dirty when necessary That being said, this b [...]

  20. Imagine if you will, that one awkward asperger syndrome kid in the college dorm who sits in the game room reading the art of war all the time and generally being an out of touch borderline creep You know the guy I mean The dude who has about eight separate motivations for going to lunch with you, and thinks that picking up the tab will put you forever into a wookie life debt for him.This book was written for people like him It s like a how to manual for wannabe sociopaths, and is two parts hilar [...]

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