The 48 Laws of Power (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2000 - Self-Help - 480 pages
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Before Mastery, came The 48 Laws of Powerthe New York Times bestseller that started it all

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. In the book that People magazine proclaimed beguiling and fascinating, Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.

Some laws teach the need for prudence (Law 1: Never Outshine the Master), others teach the value of confidence (Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.

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Very well written and thoroughly researched. - Goodreads
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Robert Greene is a superb writer. - Goodreads
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Very interesting book, with a lot of good advice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Assem Makhyon - Goodreads

I think that Robert Greene has taken his research from "the art of seduction" and added some human manipulation techniques and how to protect yourself from them, he did so by studying various ... Read full review

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Halfway through this book, I found myself ahead of the others already. I believe this book is essential for a leaders before sitting on those chairs. Read full review

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Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City.

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