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48 Laws of Power / Edition 1

48 Laws of Power / Edition 1

by Joost Elffers, Robert Greene


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For those who want power, watch power, or want to arm themselves against power, The 48 Laws of Power is "The Rules for suits" (New York Magazine).

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ISBN-13: 9780670881468
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

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.
Robert Greene, author of the bestseller The 48 Laws of Power, has a degree in classical literature.

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48 Laws of Power 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the author does a fantastic job of illustrating each of the 48 laws through real-life examples from history of those who have ttansgressed the law and those who have observed the law, and the respective consequences of both. in addition, the summaries of the keys to power and possible reversals for each law make this book a great reference. a must have for those who would like others to do what they want...without knowing it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, for the people who say that this book is evil, it is your choice on how you use your knowledge in your quest for life. No amount of words can move a person to do something they don't want to do. I am prior active duty service and I did great things with this book because I choose the chapters that mattered in helping others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amoral, hauntingly true and indispensable. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone who aspires to any level of success in any organization or profession. It should not gather dust but should be read regularly, according to a plan ¿ one law a day, for example, absorbed slowly and contemplated deeply. Author Robert Greene draws on a rich variety of sources including books so threatening that they were banned by the ancient Chinese. He cites the memoirs of Machiavelli, various con men and many others who swept aside what ought to be in order to focus on what is. It might seem that anyone who follows all of these laws in their rich, narrative detail will turn out to be a very unpleasant person. That's probably not true. We suspect, in contrast, that the person who masters the laws of power will be extremely pleasant, with winning ways and a knack for likeability, yet awe-inspiring and in control ¿ though not always obviously so. Doesn't that sound tempting?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative. Most of these principles can be used in everyday life but one must know how far to take these principles for the shake oneself and others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Make no mistake, this book will change your outlook and train of thought. I found it difficult, after absorbing (and you won't want to just read it)it, not to view the world in a different light. Try it, you will not be dissapointed. But be careful, power is addictive, be prudent and use your new found power wisely. DOn't recommend it to friends, you won't want them knowing about it once you begin to reap its rewards. The 49th law should be, don't let anyone know you have read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fluid and brutally concise in the methods to obtain power in organizations, government and relationships. A good 'Defense' course. Evil? Not if you are to be wiser than serpents but more gentle than lambs - and use this knowledge in a defensive mode.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the realm of books on leadership and psychology, this book was a good one. It can be described as a self help book for those who feel a lack of control in their lives. This book is very readable, whether for the scholar and historian or the corporate shark (both of whom I would like to think of myself as).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I see in my everyday life where these laws apply. I've seen guile and cunning from people to get what they want in the corporate world. I've seen my own Father use some of these laws in his real estate business. What is really amazing is that I got the Godfather collection DVD last weekend and you could see these laws taking effect in this story. My hairs on my neck stood up when I recognized some of these laws being talked about in this story. Check it out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a great book. Fills with valuable quotations, example from the past worth mentioning (history always repeats itself), and it's written very specific and near truth. A must read book of the millennium! But beware, once you start reading, you'll hardly wanna stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who complain about the books ethics are weak and will never succeed in the doggy dog world of business. They will never be on top of the world. The book was wonderful. I really enjoyed the way that it used history to detail and explain each law. There should be a class taught in every college based on this staegy. I take that back, It wouldn't make the reader as powerful if everyone knew what was going on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heed the warning from the authors this book can trap one into the game we all play...and hope to win,now and down the road....power. This book gives the blue print to all the good and evil doings that man has ever done in the name of power.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book,but some of these laws are not practical in real world situations.Some laws say one thing and another says not to do it. but it is a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for happiness and inner strength in this life, following this book's suggestions is a sure way NOT to have them. Yes this book brings outer strength, at the price of constant self-doubt and inner struggle with the good inside.