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.
Semi-useful character study of sociopaths
Honestly this book ended up being more funny than anything else.
There are definitely a few useful rules of thumb in here, and it’s a good idea to learn how to harness your inner dark side for use as a situational tool. However most of the material here is of VERY limited practical usefulness.
The “rules” often contradict each other and occasionally are shockingly naive. The author draws some useful insights from powerful historical figures, but intermixes it with downright harebrained ideas based on cheats and con-artists.
My favorite parts are where the author carefully cautions “power” seekers against plain and simple honest hardworking people who are bad “marks” or “suckers” because they don’t fall for elaborate cons. They work hard, put in their time, treat people well and succeed. He makes them out to be too stupid to get it, or “lacking imagination.” I literally laughed out loud when I heard that.
A beautiful illustration of the stupidity of evil people who think they are crafty and smart while trying to make a quick buck. In the end it’s about a bunch of scheming idiots hurting each other instead of just working for success.
- Interesting stories from history
- Some useful lessons on how to look out for number one better
- LOTS of misleading garbage advice
- Occasional laughs at the stupidity of cheaters who try and take shortcuts to success
- PICK AND CHOOSE THE USEFUL MATERIAL HERE
Honestly you’re probably better off reading “How to win friends and influence people” instead if you want more success in life.
Irate (hair pulling)
This is a great edition and I love everything about it but I feel like I got jipped since some chapters glitch when the narrator is talking.