Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand 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 infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
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Everything you’ve heard about this book is true. Robert Greene’s mega-bestseller is a thorough how-to guide for success by any means necessary—and some of its pointers are intense. Like Law 15, which is all about crushing your enemies. Or Law 7, which advises you to take credit for other people’s work. All that ruthlessness definitely sets Greene’s tough-love playbook apart from more kumbaya self-help guides, but he balances his cutthroat rules with loads of practical tips, such as being suspicious of free lunches (Law 40), knowing when to slow down (Law 47), and the importance of making bold decisions (Law 28). Even Don Leslie’s narration feels like a law in and of itself: Always trust someone who sounds calm and confident. A classical studies major turned screenwriter who's held more than 80 different jobs, Greene illustrates the efficacy of his laws by showing how historical badasses from Michelangelo to Al Capone used these principles to their advantage. Designed to get you pumped up, The 48 Laws of Power is a perfect workout listen.