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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 infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

©2010 Robert Greene (P)2010 Robert Greene

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"Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall".

If you're looking to become the next Prime Minister, or just survive at work in your office, then this book is for you.

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A strange book

A strange book that contracticts itself throughout, sometimes in the same chapter. A dark way to look at life and a good book for sociopaths. The historical stories are very interesting, but the take homes were flimsy sometimes. I enjoyed the story telling, but the premise was not for me.

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Not sure what all of the hype was about

This book started off great and I really enjoyed it but towards the end got a bit repetitive, I have say I struggled to finish the book, was bo
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Not so much a story..but STORIES and guide

It is LONG..I tell you Robert Green nails this.... crazy good though.Five stars here.

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Amazing power walk through history

This look at how power has been achieved throughout history is full of interesting anecdotes. I have been seriously impressed by the research that must have gone into this writing, a fascinating listen. Great stories of the rich powerful historical figures and how they came to power, often stories of less than morale behaviour, like being manipulative, deceitful, and untruthful, not inspiring for me, however it's still a captivating read. thank you Robert Green, I look forward to reading more of your work.

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History and wisdom put together

I was reluctant in the begining because I thought it is for some the power drunk world leaders. But it turned out to backed with so much wise words based on many historic events ever documented.
I enjoyed listening to the book. The bar is faultless.

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A superb analysis of the powerful and the laws they apply

A superb analysis of the powerful and the laws they apply.

I wish I had of read this book years ago, as the lessons within would have served me finely as a younger man.

A detailed, thorough and incredibly insightful analysis of how to gain, wield and use power.

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Good read

Good read couldn’t put the book down. now i need to find another book to read.

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  • J.F.C
  • 05-04-20

Never gets old

I've read the consise version of this book over 3 times. This my first time listening to the audio version. Everytime I've read it & now listen to it is like the first time. Power is neither good or bad it's all how u use it. The laws can either be used for good or for bad. I strive to have complete sovereignty in life period. A reccomend this book to any person who wants to rise in life period.

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  • alireza
  • 09-12-19

narrated by Richard green gives a finishing touch

Perfect narration. So happy that chose this version of the book
His voice finds it's way into your head. Trust me!

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  • Steadfast
  • 08-01-21

A mandatory read for those who would be free...

Like The Art of War and The Bible, this book is a mandatory read for any true adult. it is invaluable both for those seeking power and for those who would resist enslavement.

It is morally neutral like a wild animal and just as dangerous. Yet, its' understanding is mandatory as without it one can never tame the same wild animal into a beast of burdon from which comes success, prosperity and the very food on your table.

A Biblical scholar will say "This book is The World, Nature itself, The flesh." Yet in flesh we walk, under laws of nature we must obey at our peril, and in this world and under its consequences we live. This world is brutal, as is this book, which reflects it.

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With this book's Natural Laws, balanced with Biblical Morality there can be no stopping you. With this book you will see the "games being played" by others and steer clear of them. Even in the church.

Read it not only as a manual for knowing when and how far to press an attack, but more so as a loyal spy to warn you of an immanent threat long before it can take hold of you. Especially when you yourself are the author of that threat.

Oh, an by the way, I am a Christian and a "Shodan" at weichi...

Bravo...

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  • tri h.
  • 18-09-20

a book for snakes

if you want to be a snake in the grass this is the book for you

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  • ahusmc
  • 04-11-20

Some sound wisdom and strategy buried in the rest.

Some sound wisdom and strategy buried in lots of dishonorable tactics and ploys. Employ sound judgment and critical thinking when reading this book. If not, you risk ending up like the multitude of the powerful in history who fell so hard from grace and ended up known only for their greed and folly.

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  • Alan
  • 30-04-20

Great details

This is a very detailed view on things.
You are bound to find lots of different techniques to help you

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  • Moozhskoy
  • 25-07-21

Silly

I can understand why people want to take this seriously. Most of us spend most of our lives feeling powerless. If only we could discover the secret to being powerful. This book comes along and claims to have the secret, the 48 "laws" of claiming power for yourself. What follows is a lot of stories and interpretations explaining how each story illustrates the law being discussed. The interpretations are often tortured, twisting and forcing the stories to demonstrate laws they often have nothing to do with. It's a repetitive book, for example Bertolt Brecht's testimony before HUAC is recounted several times each time illustrating a different law. The whole thing is rather silly really, somewhat entertaining but not to be taken seriously. Perhaps it's a satire that few have recognized as such. The narration is pompous and overly serious, but the narrator's pronunciation of Madame de Pompadour (and it happens many times) is funny enough to gain an extra star. But, all in all, there is not much here to justify 23 hours of listening.

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  • Jennifer
  • 28-06-20

Worth Your Time

The best thing I can say is this book is completely worth every minute it takes to read and/or listen. It is eye-opening and really makes you think. Best thing is you can reference it at anytime because many of the chapters apply in everyday life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-20

Classic. Great stories

Great Historical stories demonstrating each principle. Tips and tricks to empower your self with sociological wisdom. Has good lessons and principles applicable throughout life.

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  • A.A.
  • 05-04-21

if you don't want to suck at life...

Listen to this book & read it to your children.. for God's sake read it to our children.

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