The perfect gift book for those hungry for power (and who doesn't want to?) At an excellent price. The Concise Edition of an international bestseller. At work, in relationships, on the street, or on the 6 o'clock news, the 48 laws apply everywhere.
For anyone interested in conquest, self-defense, wealth, power, or just an educated viewer, The 48 Laws of Power is one of the most useful and entertaining books of all time. This book "teaches you how to cheat, pretend, fight, and advance your cause in the modern world." (Independent on Sunday) The Distilled Wisdom of the Masters - illustrated by the tactics, triumphs and failures from Elizabeth I to Henry Kissinger, how to get to the top and stay there. Ironic, ironic and clever, this is an indispensable and fun guide to power.
The laws are famous now:
Law 1: Never overshadow the master
Law 2: Never Trust Friends Too Much; learn how to use enemies
Law 3: Hide Your Intentions
Law 4: Always Say Less Than Necessary
Robert Greene is the New York Times bestselling author The 48 Laws of Power PDF, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War and The Fiftieth Law. His highly anticipated fifth book, Mastery, examines the lives of great historical figures such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, Paul Graham and Henry Ford and distills the universal traits and ingredients that made them masters. In addition to having a strong following in business and a deep following in Washington, DC, Greene's books are acclaimed by everyone from war historians to the industry's greatest musicians (including Jay-Z and 50 Cent). Greene attended U.C. Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he majored in classical studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
I used to work in the post office, I enjoyed licking envelopes, driving to the post office, but since I read 48 laws of power I became the CEO of my company. With just a GED and a '80s Honda ... I quickly got to the top, thanks 48 laws of power.
I love this book. So many grown-ups continue to focus on how to get on in life / in business. Some of the laws may seem brutal or mean, but when applied in the right situations, these laws can change your life. It really depends on how you want to apply them in your life. This was a very easy and great read for someone just starting out like me or someone who doesn't want to waste time reading the full version. I highly recommend it.
Exactly one of the best books I've read. All 48 laws apply to my daily life. I prefer it in portions so that you can reach, practice and master each law. Remember that there are 48 Laws of Power PDF by Robert Greene and if you apply them correctly you will successfully reach your goal.
This book is great, the laws are very easy to use and very useful. The real life uses are amazing and apply to all areas of life. Stories help explain the laws and are also a must and very important to understand what is being said. My book had some problems because it was missing the stories about the laws that were very important to me and I opted for the Kindle version and got the laws and not the stories to enforce them. So I'll read the stories one more time because they improve law enforcement.
Our complex and fast-paced world requires constant adaptation and a broad repertoire of skills is required. On the one hand, Greene's book is an integration of many key topics for self-improvement: for example, values, willpower, self-knowledge, creativity and soft skills. Mr. Greene draws on evolutionary theory, philosophy, classics and romantic literature to present highly motivating accounts of seduction.
This book is intended for those who already have a strong moral character or who might be mistaken for a guide to evil. Libraries mainly in the gray areas of morality and most of the laws covered can be used for better or for worse. Recommended reading for economics students. I don't agree with all the theories, but I learned some history from this. I would say that this was written as a manual of power and how to use it in the high archy; when you have to be ruthless and cunning.
The book is great. If you want to understand entrepreneurial behavior, this is the book. It goes hand in hand with the art of war. Delivery could have been better, but circumstances can sometimes be unavoidable. In short, a book to understand the nature of this world, starting with business.
I love the small size of this edition. I think a new reader would get more from reading the full edition, but for those who have already read this regular edition, this is a great copy to read as an update.
My complaint with all these "hard editions" of Robert Greene's books (as I have two) is that the ink is incomplete on some words throughout the book. For example, the word "this" is missing the lower half of the letter "t" on one of the pages. This occurs on most pages in the book - and it's not limited to just the letter "t". While I haven't read a passage where the meaning has been obscured by incomplete ink, it's obvious and distracting whenever you come across mistakes like this. I didn't think this was a problem in modern printing presses.
After reading the first five (5) sections of this book, I was amazed that I could instantly identify three power moves I had made and didn't know what they meant. I was devoured and basically "floated" the book mentally. It has been nice to see what I can use to gain power ... but at the same time, this book has helped me see and understand the actions of others I have met in Corporate America and other chain of command organizations. Although my personal constitution has always been to listen before speaking ...
"When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity... you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others"
"When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish."
"If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid."
"Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent"
"Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life's artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist."
"Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity."
"Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life."
"Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think."
"...But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will tun wild and cause you grief."
"There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous."
"Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies."
"Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter"
"Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay."
"For the future, the motto is, "No days unalert."
"Despise The Free Lunch"
"person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect."