The 48 Laws of Power

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5 out of 5 stars
By GenKaan on 05-21-14

Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant

If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

A guide how to see signs of people using, abusing, playing games and controlling you. Or if used it can make you a very powerful and manipulative person who most would view as evil.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Christopher Columbus, some one who took the power by just aiming for the stars and got away with the moon. If proof was ever needed that with confidence and knowing what to ask for and how, will make you appear much more powerful then you actually are.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century

Any additional comments?

If you want to become a powerful monster, its a step by step guide

If you want to learn how to deal with the monsters, its a step by step guide as well. Bottom line is that people will use the techniques used in this book against you, subconsciously or knowingly and regardless it helps knowing and seeing the signs that some one is playing you.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By harry burry on 07-23-15

Incredible insight into the world of Ego/Greed!

If you want cut throat, selfish and egotistical brain massaging, this the book for you.

This book takes as its premise that all people act purely to out of self interest and encourages the use of power play behaviours to take advantage of the weak, infirm and/or genuinely nice. According to this thinking altruism is a lie or at best an illusion.

This book is truly poisonous in the wrong hands.

I have read Robert Greene's 'Masters' and enjoyed his ability to entwine self-help sage advice with real life stories. Always aware that often this sort of advice is pre-desired by the reader rather than being some innate truth.
The book covers have always been a big draw as the graphic is so strong and simple but completely on message. This is why my curiosity was drawn to Power. I was truly shocked by the content. On the other hand the book is well written and enthrallingly narrated.

If you do buy this book, please remember with great power comes great 'responsibility' ; possibly a good title for Greene's follow up novel?

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By D. Levy on 05-18-15

A good listen

A good listen. Some of the stories are a bit hard to follow. Also the chapters don't have titles, what's that about? Overall a good book. Each law could probably be books in themselves. Of course at the end you're reminded of the paradox that you should forget what rules you've learned and adapt to the situation at hand.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Harem on 01-09-15

Evil Genius!

One of the best books i have read in the past decade -- more educational than a pair of uneducated parents. Robert Greene, you are one evil genius. Having read it twice I can simply say this is a guidebook to politicians as Bible / Quran are to Christians / Muslims. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gyuyong Hwang on 05-03-18

couldn't stop listening

This book was so interesting that i couldn't stop listening or thinking about it. I have never been so eager to listen to a book

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-20-18

An overview of 48 "laws" and historical examples

What did you like most about The 48 Laws of Power?

This book has a simple structure that is easy to follow with simple "laws" that delve into historical events and demonstrates 48 individual "laws of power".

Who was your favorite character and why?

This book makes reference to many famous figures throughout including John D Rockerfeller, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I and many many more.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Law 41 was a good one with a good example.

The Law is "Avoid stepping into a great mans shows". This "law" gave a good account of Alexander The Great and the fact that he wanted to be a different ruler from his father. His appetite to not step into his fathers shoes meant that he was able to create a greater legacy than his father could have ever dreamed of creating and guaranteed that he wrote his name into the history books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

A good listen. The "laws of power" and historical references provide a snapshot of a point of view where influence and power was gained by obeying each of the 48 laws. In parts the links between the laws and the historical references are tenuous and the laws themselves have to be taken with a pinch of salt at times, but it's a good book to broaden the knowledge of power and influence.

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