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The 48 Laws of Power

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Great interesting read!

I have not finished this book yet but so far it is very enjoyable! I love how the writer includes examples of the laws within history and by historic figues. Also the way the book is printed with little side stories and notes in the margins is awesome! I find it very fa...
I have not finished this book yet but so far it is very enjoyable! I love how the writer includes examples of the laws within history and by historic figues. Also the way the book is printed with little side stories and notes in the margins is awesome! I find it very fascinating and great for discussions.
Some laws do not seem practical or amirable but are important to the topic none the less. I am interested in trying to apply some of these laws to my life and perhaps increase the quality of my life. I have been picked on and put down most of my life but perhaps this book will help me turn that around! It is somewhat inspirational.

posted by Ray_G_Weedy on May 5, 2010

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26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Shame on those who applaud these ideas!

As a retired CEO and now university professor, I cannot disagree more strongly with the premise of this book and the tactics promoted within. The ideas expoused here are ruthless, amoral, manipulative nonsense -- a dose of pure utilitarianism for the stupid and greedy. ...
As a retired CEO and now university professor, I cannot disagree more strongly with the premise of this book and the tactics promoted within. The ideas expoused here are ruthless, amoral, manipulative nonsense -- a dose of pure utilitarianism for the stupid and greedy. Glaring examples of this twisted ethos were apparent in the management teams at Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson, Adelphia, and a host of other disfunctional corporations. The unsustainable paths these organizations chose, and the disasterous outcomes that resulted, exemplify the distorted ideas expoused in this sadly popular writing. Once again, Greene reminds us that no social question is so complex that a simple-minded solution can't be offered. For those interested in reading works on this subject with true substance, I can recommend the following: (1) 'Power, Influence and Persuasion' by Harvard Business School Press & Society for Human Resource Management, (2) 'Power and Influence' by John P. Kotter (at Harvard), (3) 'Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations' by Jeffrey Pfeffer (at Stanford), and (4) 'Power in Organizations' by Jeffrey Pfeffer (at Stanford). Reading credible and well documented books like these from genuine thought leaders will hopefully innoculate aspiring managers against the 'intellectual kitty litter' offered by Greene.

posted by Anonymous on March 23, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    Shame on those who applaud these ideas!

    As a retired CEO and now university professor, I cannot disagree more strongly with the premise of this book and the tactics promoted within. The ideas expoused here are ruthless, amoral, manipulative nonsense -- a dose of pure utilitarianism for the stupid and greedy. Glaring examples of this twisted ethos were apparent in the management teams at Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson, Adelphia, and a host of other disfunctional corporations. The unsustainable paths these organizations chose, and the disasterous outcomes that resulted, exemplify the distorted ideas expoused in this sadly popular writing. Once again, Greene reminds us that no social question is so complex that a simple-minded solution can't be offered. For those interested in reading works on this subject with true substance, I can recommend the following: (1) 'Power, Influence and Persuasion' by Harvard Business School Press & Society for Human Resource Management, (2) 'Power and Influence' by John P. Kotter (at Harvard), (3) 'Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations' by Jeffrey Pfeffer (at Stanford), and (4) 'Power in Organizations' by Jeffrey Pfeffer (at Stanford). Reading credible and well documented books like these from genuine thought leaders will hopefully innoculate aspiring managers against the 'intellectual kitty litter' offered by Greene.

    26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    not true POWER...

    this is manipulation, control, and self-serving force... follow and lose your own soul... its value may be in showing some of the tactics the soulless may use to control and manipulate... so in this it gives wisdom and protection to the naive, but I would not follow it... thus becoming another dog in a dog eat dog world...

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    Great book if you have no moral values....

    I stopped reading after reviewing the 48 laws at the beginning of the book. I found it to be an unethical guideline to attain 'power'. It is not 'biblical' as one reviewer put it but just the opposite! I found no need to delve further..this was one book I could judge by its cover!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    This is an awful book. My abusive boyfriend was reading this as

    This is an awful book. My abusive boyfriend was reading this as a way to gain control of me and those around him. He is in prison now, for the second time. Guess that says it all. Pure evil, as far as I am concerned. Anyone with a good and kind soul would find it difficult to practice much of what is written in this ammoral book. If I could, I'd give it zero stars! (Who would want to live the life of an ammoral person anyway???

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    Was this stuff serious? Sounds like stuff you'd hear JR Ewing say as a guest host of the Apprentice. If it was meant to be taken seriously, holy cow . . . usually you can see the people who try this stuff coming a mile away. Worked with them dozens of times. They sometimes actually tell you they're pulling tactics on someone because they can't stand people not knowing how clever they are. Oh well, hope a tarnished reputation was worth all the games they play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    A criminal handbook of deceptive practices - I hated it!

    Clearly inspired by the devil himself. I'm an agnostic but when I read this horrific criminal 'hand book' I understood why people go to temple! For example, one chapter teaches you how to fool people into doing your work for you and another chapter teaches you how to take the credit for it! Another chapter teaches you how to get everyone up in arms so that they're confused and wind up fighting for what you want - but basically fighting! You learn how to use them all and get what you want! The author tries to dignify the book by using snipets of one well known philosopher after the other. One of my tenants read this book and got all the roommates pissed off at one another. He tried everything on the roommates up to chapter 11. Luckily, I got a hold of the book and literally read it week by week so I would know what the hell was coming next. Want to alienate all your friends and family? Leave this book on your coffee table when you invite guests over! Want to get fired at work? Make sure your boss sees it on your desk! This book is guaranteed to get you thrown out of you house, alienate you from civilized society and if you read it twice you can probably learn it well enough to wind up in prison!

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