The 48 Laws Of Power

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Profile Books, Sep 3, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 463 pages
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'Machiavelli has a new rival, and Sun-tzu had better watch his back' - New York Times

Robert Greene's laws are now famous:
Law 1: Never outshine the master.
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
Law 3: Conceal your intentions.
Law 4: Always say less than necessary.

At work, in relationships, on the street or on the 6 o'clock News: the 48 Laws apply everywhere. For anyone with an interest in conquest, self-defence, wealth, power or simply being an educated spectator, The 48 Laws of Power is one of the most useful and entertaining books ever; it 'teaches you how to cheat, dissemble, feign, fight and advance your cause in the modern world.' (Independent on Sunday). Robert Greene will teach you the distilled wisdom of the masters - illustrated through the tactics, triumphs and failures from Elizabeth I to Henry Kissinger on how to get to the top and stay there. Wry, ironic and clever, this is an indispensable and witty guide to power.

The perfect gift book for the power-hungry (and who doesn't want power?); this is the Concise Edition of an international bestseller.

From the internationally bestselling author of Mastery, The Art Of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies Of War.

 

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

To be honest, I began reading this book with resentment. Most of what the author was advocating seemed diabolical and immoral. I continued reading with the goal of learning what power tricks to avoid ... Read full review

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One might say this book needed to be written. Taken at face value, it is cruel and amoral. Taken as an interpretation of history, politics, and personal conflicts, it is extraordinarily incisive and ... Read full review

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Contents

LAW 1 NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTER
1
LAW 2 NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES
8
LAW 3 CONCEAL YOUR INTENTIONS
16
LAW 4 ALWAYS SAY LESS THAN NECESSARY
31
LAW 5 SO MUCH DEPENDS ON REPUTATIONGUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE
37
LAW 6 COURT ATTENTION AT ALL COST
44
LAW 7 GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU BUT ALWAYS TAKE THE CREDIT
56
LAW 8 MAKE OTHER PEOPLE COME TO YOUUSE BAIT IF NECESSARY
62
LAW 27 PLAY ON PEOPLES NEED TO BELIEVE TO CREATE A CULTLIKE FOLLOWING
215
LAW 28 ENTER ACTION WITH BOLDNESS
227
LAW 29 PLAN ALL THE WAY TO THE END
236
LAW 30 MAKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SEEM EFFORTLESS
245
GET OTHERS TO PLAY WITH THE CARDS YOU DEAL
254
LAW 32 PLAY TO PEOPLES FANTASIES
263
LAW 33 DISCOVER EACH MANS THUMBSCREW
271
ACT LIKE A KING TO BE TREATED LIKE ONE
282

LAW 9 WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENT
69
AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND UNLUCKY
76
LAW 11 LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOU
82
LAW 12 USE SELECTIVE HONESTY AND GENEROSITY TO DISARM YOUR VICTIM
89
LAW 13 WHEN ASKING FOR HELP APPEAL TO PEOPLES SELFINTEREST NEVER TO THEIR MERCY OR GRATITUDE
95
LAW 14 POSE AS A FRIEND WORK AS A SPY
101
LAW 15 CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLY
107
LAW 16 USE ABSENCE TO INCREASE RESPECT AND HONOR
115
CULTIVATE AN AIR OF UNPREDICTABILITY
123
LAW 18 DO NOT BUILD FORTRESSES TO PROTECT YOURSELFISOLATION IS DANGEROUS
130
LAW 19 KNOW WHO YOURE DEALING WITHDO NOT OFFEND THE WRONG PERSON
137
LAW 20 DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYONE
145
LAW 21 PLAY A SUCKER TO CATCH A SUCKERSEEM DUMBER THAN YOUR MARK
156
TRANSFORM WEAKNESS INTO POWER
163
LAW 23 CONCENTRATE YOUR FORCES
171
LAW 24 PLAY THE PERFECT COURTIER
178
LAW 25 RECREATE YOURSELF
191
LAW 26 KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN
200
LAW 35 MASTER THE ART OF TIMING
291
IGNORING THEM IS THE BEST REVENGE
300
LAW 37 CREATE COMPELLING SPECTACLES
309
LAW 38 THINK AS YOU LIKE BUT BEHAVE LIKE OTHERS
317
LAW 39 STIR UP WATERS TO CATCH FISH
325
LAW 40 DESPISE THE FREE LUNCH
333
LAW 41 AVOID STEPPING INTO A GREAT MANS SHOES
347
LAW 42 STRIKE THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP WILL SCATTER
358
LAW 43 WORK ON THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OTHERS
367
LAW 44 DISARM AND INFURIATE WITH THE MIRROR EFFECT
376
LAW 45 PREACH THE NEED FOR CHANGE BUT NEVER REFORM TOO MUCH AT ONCE
392
LAW 46 NEVER APPEAR TOO PERFECT
400
LAW 47 DO NOT GO PAST THE MARK YOU AIMED FOR IN VICTORY LEARN WHEN TO STOP
410
LAW 48 ASSUME FORMLESSNESS
419
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
431
INDEX
433
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Robert Greene is the internationally bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, and The 50th Law, all published by Profile Books. He has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.

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