• The 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 04-25-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 4.3 (4,071 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. 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 teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). But like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded, or been victimized by, power, these laws will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
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By Ricardo on 03-19-13

Not a how to guide ..

After the first few laws I wasn't sure what I got myself into .. My first thought was "What kind of person would enjoy listening to this garbage". Then I came back to read the reviews and I found several other people who thought the same thing.

Either way I found myself listening a little bit more. The more I listened the more I found myself enjoying this audiobook.

Why do I say this? Because I don't see this as a "how to guide". I see this as two things 1. A history lesson .. If you dont learn from the past you are bound to repeat it.
2. YES some of these laws are sick and manipulative, but welcome to the real world. There are people that think like this.

Final thought:
The 48 Laws of power is a step by step how to guide, you have to listen between the lines and realize that the world is not all puppy dogs and rainbows. This book shows you how the world is and you can learn from the lessons presented.

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By James on 03-24-13

We All Have A Lot More Power Than We Realize!

When I first read this book a couple years ago, it was so apropos for were I was in my life as I was going through a career change myself. The book helped me to realize that harboring deep inside of me, was a lot of untapped potential and power that I've yet to utilize. Ever since then, I've made it a point to implement as many of the 48 Laws of Power into my daily life as I possibly can. If nothing else, this book is a great "get off first base and start rounding the bases" book for anyone who feels that their life could use a little bit of a kickstart.

I thought that the author, Robert Greene, kept the book on track, simple, easy to follow and matter of factual. Anyone who's willing to implement even 5 or 10 (you'll quickly find that The Laws naturally flow into each other and build upon each other) of these Laws of Power into their lives, won't be able to help themselves from making better decisions, and taking more control over their lives. Yet, at the same time, living a very fulfilling existence as we all ought to do.

I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool for your "toolbox kit of life"!

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By GenKan 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<br/><br/>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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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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By Amazon Customer on 08-21-16

Very deceptive in nature

a guide to decieve and manipulate ruthlessly solely for personal gain. if thats your thing.

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By Andrew M on 07-06-15

A great book which I'm sure I will return to again

Great book. Eye opening. I'd like to see more modern history examples though. Well written. Excellent concept.

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