The 48 Laws of Power

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2000 - Self-Help - 480 pages
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

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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Contents

About the Authors Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgments PREFACE
NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTER
NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES
CONCEAL YOUR INTENTIONS
ALWAYS SAY LESS THAN NECESSARY
SO MUCH DEPENDS ON REPUTATIONGUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE
COURT ATTENTION AT ALL COST
GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU BUT ALWAYS TAKE THE CREDIT
RECREATE YOURSELF
KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN
PLAY ON PEOPLES NEED TO BELIEVE TO CREATE A CULTLIKE FOLLOWING
ENTERACTION WITH BOLDNESS
PLAN ALL THE WAY TO THE
MAKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SEEM EFFORTLESS
GET OTHERS TO PLAY WITH THE CARDS YOU DEAL
PLAY TO PEOPLES FANTASIES

MAKE OTHER PEOPLE COME TO YOUUSE BAIT IF NECESSARY
WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENT
AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND UNLUCKY
LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON
USE SELECTIVE HONESTY AND GENEROSITY TO DISARM YOUR VICTIM
WHEN ASKING FOR HELP APPEAL TO PEOPLES SELFINTEREST NEVER TO THEIR
POSE ASA FRIEND WORKAS A
CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLY
USE ABSENCE TO INCREASE RESPECT AND HONOR
CULTIVATE AN AIR OF UNPREDICTABILITY
DO NOT BUILD FORTRESSES TO PROTECT YOURSELFISOLATION
KNOW WHO YOURE DEALING WITHDO NOT OFFEND THE WRONG PERSON
DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYONE
PLAY ASUCKER TO CATCH ASUCKERSEEM DUMBER THAN YOUR MARK
TRANSFORM WEAKNESS INTO POWER
CONCENTRATE YOUR FORCES
PLAY THE PERFECT COURTIER
DISCOVER EACH MANS THUMBSCREW
ACT LIKE A KING TO BE TREATED LIKE
MASTER THE ART OF TIMING
IGNORING THEM IS THE BEST REVENGE
CREATE COMPELLING SPECTACLES
THINK AS YOU LIKE BUT BEHAVE LIKE OTHERS
STIR UP WATERS TO CATCH FISH
DESPISE THE FREE LUNCH
AVOID STEPPING INTO A GREAT MANS SHOES
STRIKE THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP WILL SCATTER
WORK ON THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OTHERS
DISARM AND INFURIATE WITH THE MIRROR EFFECT
PREACH THE NEED FOR CHANGE BUT NEVER REFORM TOO MUCH
DO NOT GO PAST THE MARK YOU AIMED FOR IN VICTORY LEARN
ASSUME FORMLESSNESS
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About the author (2000)

Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of PowerThe 33 Strategies of WarThe Art of SeductionMastery, and The Laws of Human Nature, is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. 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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