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Summary

Please Note: This is a key takeaway and analysis of the book and not the original book.

Start Publishing Notes' Summary, Analysis, and Review of Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power includes:

  • Summary of the book
  • A Review
  • Analysis & Key Takeaways
  • A detailed "About the Author" section

The 48 Laws of Power, written by Robert Greene and published in 1998, claims to offer listeners the secrets to amassing power within the confines of contemporary society's rules, regulations, and norms. In the book's preface, Greene argues that, at least on the surface, the quest for power has been demonized, the end result of a culture that frowns upon those who seem too eager to get too far ahead in life. From Greene's perspective however, very little has changed in the time between the royal courts of old and the high-intensity board rooms of today; according to Greene, the people who amass the most power are those who can crush their enemies while appearing outwardly benevolent. The essence of Greene's perspective on power dynamics can be aptly summarized by President Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

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