The 48 Laws of Power

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2000 - Self-Help - 480 pages
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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this New York Times bestseller 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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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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5 Stars. Make sure you apply the principles instead of just reading it!! Read full review

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Contents

About the Authors
NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS LEARN HOW
ALWAYS SAY LESS THAN NECESSARY
COURT ATTENTION AT ALL COST
GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU BUT ALWAYS TAKE
WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENT
LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON
WHEN ASKING FOR HELP APPEAL TO PEOPLES SELF
GET OTHERS TO PLAY WITH THE CARDS YOU DEAL
PLAY TO PEOPLES FANTASIES
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
THINKAS YOU LIKE BUT BEHAVE LIKE OTHERS

POSE ASA FRIEND WORKAS A
CULTIVATE AN
KNOW WHO YOURE DEALING WITHDO NOT OFFEND
PLAY ASUCKER TO CATCH ASUCKERSEEM DUMBER THAN
TRANSFORM WEAKNESS INTO POWER
CONCENTRATE YOUR FORCES
PLAY THE PERFECT COURTIER
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
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 AT ONCE
NEVER APPEAR TOO PERFECT
DO NOT GO PAST THE MARK YOU AIMED FOR IN VICTORY LEARN WHEN TO STOP
ASSUME FORMLESSNESS
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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.


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