The 48 Laws of Power

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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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The "laws" as described are good but at some point most of them contradict each other. Each story was selected to fit the "law" as he saw fit yet a few pages later there are instances where an exact ... Read full review

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How does it feel to have read the number one book in the US Prison system? Okay. Amusement pervades this book. He says something like "Power is a game, and to not play is to weaken your power in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Robert Greene was born in Los Angeles, California. He has a post graduate degree in classical studies. He has worked as a magazine editor, translator and a featured writer in newspapers and magazines. He is the author of "The 33 Strategies of War," "The Art of the Seduction" and "Law 50 (with 50 Cent)," books that have reached enormous sales figures and have been translated to various languages.

Joost Elffers has created many successful packages and f

Joost Elffers has created many successful packages and franchises, among them "Play with Your Food, Fast Food, " andranchises, among them "Play with Your Food, Fast Food, " and "The Secret Language of Relationships." Born and educated i "The Secret Language of Relationships." Born and educated in the Netherlands, he lives in New York City. n the Netherlands, he lives in New York City.

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