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The 48 Laws of Power

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I have this as an ebook text me if you want it, 3476203448 my na

I have this as an ebook text me if you want it, 3476203448 my name is Chris.
The book takes each "law" in turn and gives historical examples of those who follow the law and fail to follow the law. You’ll quickly see that the laws of power aren’t re...
I have this as an ebook text me if you want it, 3476203448 my name is Chris.
The book takes each "law" in turn and gives historical examples of those who follow the law and fail to follow the law. You’ll quickly see that the laws of power aren’t really laws – they’re more like principles that will help you in the art of gaining and exercising power. I don’t mean to suggest that the laws are incorrect – they’re absolutely correct – they’re just not laws.

posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2012

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29 out of 33 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 July 25, 2009

    Not What I Anticipated

    I thought this book would be more of a "How-To" in terms of getting power. Instead, what it is seems to be more of a long-winded history lesson. The research is quite in-depth, and it reads quite easily, but the teachings on how to accumulate power simply don't apply to modern-day life. Whether or not a general in some army burned the horns of cattle at night to give the appearance of more men to scare his enemy does not help me figure out how to gain power. Yes, it's fun to try to apply the teachings in this book to your life, but the simple fact is that it just doesn't work. It's a great read, and it's entertaining, but it's not going to help Joe Everyday get a leg up on the competition at his 9-5 cubicle job.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Contradiction

    There is a lot of contradiction among the rules...

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Suggested reading

    Someone suggested I read this book because of the industry and environment where I work. There are just too many chiefs and not enough indians. To say the least, folks are too quick to say what you must do but they would never do it themselves. I believe in making a situation working for me. In other words what can I learn from the situation and what are my benefits? Although, this book was written centuries ago, history does repeat itself and people never change.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Useful yet Toxic

    I think its a great book for business and sales professionals. Especially for people who don't wear their emotions on their sleeve. I don't think this book is good for just anyone or at least that it would appeal to different types of people. Yes you learn a lot of but it kinda makes you feel cynical. May not be good for very jolly, happy spirited people who love life and have compassion for others. I don't know my friend and I read it and we both felt corrupt after. Weird.

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