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 Power—the 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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Great historical reference and insight. - Goodreads
Hard to read all at once. - Goodreads
What an wonderfully amoral, deeply-researched book! - Goodreads
Quite difficult to read. - Goodreads
Robert Greene is a superb writer. - Goodreads
Very interesting book, with a lot of good advice. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Waly Abdellatif - Goodreads

I didn't like this book. I didn't finish it either. Basically it's giving advice on being cunning, deceitful and not showing your real intentions. But putting that aside, it wasn't engaging. Maybe because every chapter is a stand alone story...so it felt a bit choppy. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe Revelator - Goodreads

I've heard Robert Greene's book 48 Laws of Power referred to as the modern man's Machiavellian guide. I've also heard it called the psychopath's bible, and a handbook for success. In truth, 48 Laws is ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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.

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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