|The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (2000, Paperback)|
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|The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene (2007, CD, Abridged) : Robert Greene (2007)|
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|Cunning, instructive, and amoral, this controversial bestseller distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. Law 1: Never Outshine the Master. Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions. Law 7: Get Others to Do the Work for You, but Always Take the Credit. Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally. Law 33: Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew. These are the laws of power in their unvarnished essence-the philosophies of Machiavelli (The Prince), Sun-tzu (The Art of War), Carl von Clausewitz, Talleyrand, the great seducer Casanova, con man Yellow Kid Weil, and other legendary thinkers and schemers. They teach prudence, stealth, mastery of one's emotions, the art of deception, and the total absence of mercy. Like it or not, all have practical applications in real life. Each law is illustrated with examples of observance or transgression drawn from history and featuring such famous figures as Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, Mao, Alfred Hitchcock, P.T. Barnum, Haile Selassie, Catherine the Great, and Socrates. Convincing, practical, sometimes shocking, this book will fascinate anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.|
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|Read by||Don Leslie|
|'It's The Rules for suits. . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun-tzu better watch his back.' 'New York Magazine|
'ÅIt'â¢s The Rules for suits. . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun-tzu better watch his back.' ' New York Magazine
It's The Rules for suits. . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun-tzu better watch his back. - New York Magazine
SIt "s The Rules for suits. . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun-tzu better watch his back. â New York Magazine
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THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"),
Originally I had purchased this book to do some research as to why certain criminal organizations have adopted the material as their guidlines. Mainly I speak of prison gangs and in this particular instance, the Aryan Brotherhood. However, after further research it is discovered that the Black Guirella Family have introduced a class and testing process for their members on the subject matter.
At first glance you would agree with these particular organizations as to why they would actually utilize the book. More the 75% of the laws in themselves would be considered amoral to any person that has good work ethics and are of high moral character. With such passages as Law 7 "Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit",Law 12 "Use selective honesty and generosity", and Law 21 "Play a sucker to catch a sucker" it would be hard to beleive that the author had any other intention but of "cutthroat" style business.
That is until you actually read the material. Taking into account all the historical accounts and examples that make up the rights and wrongs of each Law, you get a sense that in reality you could use these laws to your advantage in the form of defense. Watching those around you and how they work you find it easier to apply a particular law to them and how they work, making it much easier for you to counter their plans.
I would recommend anyone in the world of business and criminal justice to read this book for that particular reason. It helps you to better identify those that are of the criminal mind, creating an outlook of what path they might be heading in. Moreover, a good defense is a great offense. So pulling the laws that would work for your moral character to counterattack their intentions will reap benefits for those that apply them.
I recommend the book to those with excellent character and who wish to get the edge up on those who wish to dimean them in any way. This book will give you the tactical advantage of knowing and understanding those out to harm you.
So many lessons to learn from this book. I have applied it to my profession and have increased much of my personal goals. It has given me guidance on how to succeed quickly and wisely without damaging my reputation or stature. It has given me guidance on a slow methodical approach to achieve vindication against those who are in my way. I have used it against my adversaries and it has gained me the upper hand on most occasions. I have used tactics towards my competitor and I have gained higher ground. In layman's terms: It's a very powerful book that can get you in trouble if not used with caution. It was recommended to me by one of my mentors and it has helped me through out my career. Once I read the contents and the preface - I was hooked to learn more. I even purchased the book for my wife to help her strive forward in life. It has awesome excerpts (in red italics) throughout the book from Aesop, Napoleon, Capone, Machiavelli, Musashi, Gracian, Poe, Herodotus - just to name a few. I didn't abide to all 48 laws - I pick and chose wisely and followed my gut instincts. 48 Laws is a good read and I still reference it once a month. If you don't like it - I'll offer you a free lunch ------A.S.E.,LLC
When I stumbled upon the 48 Laws of Power I knew I had to have this book. Everywhere I go, everywhere I've been, I have seen people above me using the Laws that are stated in this book--and the success that they have achieved through their unknowingly using these proven laws.
What makes this book excellent for me are the countless stories from generations and centuries ago, where the laws of power have been observed as well as ignored. For the skeptics, this isn't something you will use 100% everyday. For those that consider absolute power, absolutely corrupt, remember the basis of my 2 favorite laws--'A reputation is a horrible thing to lose, guard it with your life,' and 'Don't build yourself into a tower, it's awfully lonely at the top.' This book explains how to use power for good, and to further yourself/your goals/your ambitions/your company, highly recommended.
excellent book modeled on Machiavelli's the prince. Has excellent commentary and real examples of the 48 laws of power in use throughout history. If you want to be promoted, lead people or use power in any of its forms this book will tell you how.