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48 Laws of Power

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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.

©2000 Robert Greene and Joost Elffers (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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It's The Rules for suits.... Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun-tzu better watch his back." ( New York Magazine)

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  • Abidjan
  • 18/06/2016

Riche en enseignements

À relire plus d'une fois pour capter, et assimiler les leçons. J'aime bien la méthode utilisée pour la transmission du savoir. Reco

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Long and repetitive, quite dated

First of all the book is far too long. With a bit stricter selection and less repetitions it could easily fit in half of the time, with the same message. With every next chapter the conclusions become more and more blurred and inconsistent with the 'laws'. I'd risk that they would perfectly make up 10 laws instead of shady 48 of them...

The tone of the book suggests clearly that it pretends to be a guidebook, yet almost all of the historical examples date to the events of 5 century BC to early XX, with next to none references to the modern times. It is true that most of the mentioned mechanism never change, but the application of the books laws per se are quite unrealistic in the times where conflicts are not anymore solved with swords and if you are not born a king of XVII century France. It also completely skips the moral part of moves like intentionally killing all your siblings or using your best friends as scapegoats... if one would care.

As long as I really enjoyed the short historical anecdotes which are really plenty in this book I still don't really see who is the target of it. It is a too simplistic and unstructured to be a resource for any social studies, yet too too old-fashioned and lacking any modern life references to be a popular lifestyle guidebook. It is also neither light nor relaxing to listen, as it constantly tries to be instructional and greatly covers wars and killings. I guess it would make a perfect study for a young prince in XVII century Europe, or if you're a control freak, but not sure how to make it real.

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How to be a sociopath

The author has dedicated time and effort to mislead people. True power comes from within you, from authentic being, from living life according to your values.

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Un incontournable !

Ce livre est absolument a lire pour toute personne qui souhaite mieux comprendre les relations de pouvoir ! Excellent livre.

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great book! weak story!

great book, valuable insight to the game of power however chapters don't feel logically connected with a powerful story which makes it harder to remember the context precisely.

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De l'or en loi

écoutez la version abrégée, la version longue contient plus d'anecdotes et d'exemples historiques. intéressant pour l'analyse historique mais lourd pour étudier les mécanismes de pouvoir

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  • Gaggleframpf
  • 25/02/2016

You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

This is an absolutely amazing book. It will help you to tell your true friends apart from people who just want to use you. It will tell when to give more to your employer, or when to tone down your enthusiasm. It will warn you about going too far in your quest for power.

If you really are a power-hungry maniac, this book will do just as much to help you reach your goals as it will if you are an average joe with no ambitions. I'm an idealist myself - I like to see the good in everyone and I don't like to think of myself as someone who wants "power" over other people.

But that is not an excuse to avoid encountering the incredibly valuable information in this book. At the very least, it will keep you from making poor moves that will cause you to fall out of favor with others. At the most, you will be able to spot when someone else is playing "the game" and use their techniques against them.

I don't like to play the game myself; I don't think power is a game. But I sure as hell like to watch the people who DO live like it's a game spin their wheels as they try and fail to pin me down and make themselves look totally incompetent in the process.

If you're an honest person and if you think rewards and status should be earned by merit and not by raw power or deception, then your reputation and character will go before you and these laws of power will walk behind you.

Don't use this book to grow in power for power's sake. This is a fool's errand, and ends in your annihilation. Rather learn the laws of power to attain mastery over your own spirit, and to defend against those who would prey upon your honesty and integrity.

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  • Juan
  • 14/02/2016

Good Road Listen

being a trusting person by nature... and working amongst a bunch of sharks. Listening to this has helped me gain perspectives I've never considered.

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  • V. Taras
  • 12/09/2018

Interesting stories blur into a useless flood

As I wrote in my review,

The book is a compilation of very interesting stories.
However, after several chapters, all those stories blur into an easily-forgettable flood of dates, names, and facts.

All you will be able to recall a day later that someone killed or betrayed someone, or lied, or spread rumors, or did something else Machiavellian.

What's presented as "Laws" is is a collection of random, often mutually exclusive observations. Some people lied to get to the top, some were articulate and said a lot and tried to be in the public eye. Others got to the top by being secretive and never seen in public. Some were generous and that helped them succeed, others were greedy and ruthless.

The book is definitely worth reading if you just want to hear a bunch of entertaining historic anecdotes. However, unless you're a student of history and know enough history to recognize the names from these stories and put them in context, if you're like most, you'll forget 95% of these stories the moment you move on to the next chapter.

Treat this book as a great collection of interesting historic stories, but do NOT expect that you will receive a practical advice on how to influence others and achieve your goals.

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  • G. Gregg Petty
  • 22/02/2016

They saved the best part for last

I am sure a lot of people will find this book to be cynical in philosophy, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially found the 46th and 47th law to be most salient. The reading was done well, and it was a good listen. Probably something that would have to be listened to a few times in order to gather the nuances of what the author is trying to convey, but there is lots of wisdom found in this book. Well done.

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  • Marlon
  • 07/07/2016

Interesting

As a Christian I find myself struggling with these laws and approaches to power. Maybe I am naive when it comes to power, or too idealistic. This book seems to outline all the dirty tricks played by politicians to stay in power. The author seems to recommend some of the behavior we naturally disapprove of as an acceptable means to power.

So why did I listen to the whole thing? I thought about returning the book after listening to the first chapter. But I realized that even though I may dislike these "laws of power" they are at play in the world I live in. And even thought I do not believe I will ever live by the majority of these laws, being aware of them has helped open my eyes to what is going on around me.

So I would not highly recommend this book because there is little emphasis, if any, in character. But the book is useful in pointing out how people acquire and maintain power, and there is a benefit to being aware of how power can work.

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  • DC
  • 18/03/2016

Learn from lessons from the past. Great narration!

This book tells a story of lessons that can be learned from examples of things that have happened in history. All of the lessons revolve around a theme of what you should and shouldn't do to put yourself in the best position for power. A little philosophical, but if you enjoy philosophy you will like that piece of it. You don't have to have ambitions of being a power monger to get a lot out of this book. It may make you re-think how you approach things on a day to day basis. It's a little long, but it found it to be engaging and enjoyable the whole way thru.

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  • Peter
  • 26/06/2017

Psychopathy Manual

This book would be more aptly titled: How to be a Psychopath: Strategies of Manipulation and Deceit.

It is an entertaining and useful, yet highly disturbing book. Now that I know the true scope of the drive for power, I see the world through suspicious eyes. If you are someone who seeks power at the expense of all else, this historical guide book will likely thrill you. If you are a normal light hearted good natured sort, you may find this book appalling, as it reads like it was written by the devil himself. Yet you should probably listen to it anyway. If nothing else, it will alert you to the strategies of the wolves around you.

Besides all the rules themselves and the commands to use, manipulate, control, trick and destroy everyone that crosses your path, this book is primarily a collection of historical antidotes. Listening to it will increase your knowledge base of the history of some of the world's most influential power players. It will also help you be alert to such tactics in use in the present.

The narration of this book was perfect. It could not have been done better. The narrator captured the sadistic domineering feel this book requires to a tee. He was engaging and clear with a very agreeable voice and cadence.

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  • Nelsons
  • 27/04/2016

Lessons To Learn

Whether you intend to use the lessons outlined in this book or not, it would behoove you to know them.

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  • Dan Collins
  • 14/09/2016

Was Hoping for a Simpler Approach

Once you get beyond 10 laws of anything, what do you expect? This book is much more of an exhaustive treating of how power works than a "how to be powerful" self-help book. And the lesson the listener quickly learns is that power is highly situational. The laws of power are not mutually exclusive. They overlap in a complex landscape in which the author shares many stories about how things can go wrong. Any one law is later refuted by another law and it is never simple to know which one is the better way.

This is not lost on the author. I believe this is much more of a reference book. An encyclopedia of power that one should keep handy and review every once in a while. Listening to it, front-to-back is not the best way to approach and appreciate this book.

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  • DBruno1987
  • 28/04/2016

Not all laws are created equal

The information in here is useful and enlightening, not necessarily because you want to use it yourself, but because many others act selfish and Machiavellian all the time. It's good to spot someone using these tactics, and unless you're a sociopath, you can stop yourself from going over board. These could be dangerous if you seriously lack empathy (not sure if that's the type of person this author is).

The format is my biggest complaint. I found myself skipping to the next chapter whenever the historical anecdotes got boring. Some of the stories were better than others, some of the laws were better than others, and some of the stories applied to the laws them selves better than others.

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  • Felix Rizo-Patron
  • Wien
  • 05/07/2016

careful: a amoral book here

The book has quite a gloomy, even depressing perspective on social dynamics and behaviour. Some "laws" are common sense, some inspire you to think, some are nasty. The reader is excellent. Perfect for this book.

Here the first 10 "laws of power" so you get an idea of what the book is about:

Law 1: Never outshine the master
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn to use enemies
Law 3: Conceal your intentions
Law 4: Always say less than necessary
Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life
Law 6: Court attention at all cost
Law 7: Let others to do the work for you, but always take credit
Law 8: Make other people come to you – use bait if necessary
Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument
Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and the unlucky...

All laws are illustrated by historical events, "interpretation of the laws", things you have to be carefull when applying the "laws".







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  • Dejan
  • 28/11/2019

I learned more from this one book than in School

No one will teach you power dynamics. Simply because no teached them. Also, people will always want something from you. They can disguise it yes, but the truth is different.

There is a reason, why this book is banned in some prisons in the US. Because it gives people Power!

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  • simon LE
  • 12/10/2019

großartiges Buch

dieses Buch erklärt anschaulich die 48 Gesetze der Macht anhand vieler Beispiele, es gibt einige repetitive Elemente, die aber das Gesagte nur verstärken. Der Sprecher hat eine sehr angenehme Stimme und der Inhalt ist wirklich spannend. kann ich nur empfehlen.

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  • Alejandro Lárraga Schleske
  • 08/10/2019

Useful, interesting and fun to listen to!

Useful, interesting and fun to listen to! What can I add, better just check it yourself!

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  • Nick
  • 22/09/2019

Great Structure with a lot of Variety

It's great to have stories and reversals of the laws to see it from different perspectives

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  • Ahmet
  • 21/06/2019

so much gems

I learned a lot from this book, great stories and insights. good performance and easy listening...

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  • Sven
  • 07/10/2018

Taucht ein in die Geschichte der Macht!

Ein gewaltiges Werk, was viel Research von Herrn Green voraussetzt. Jedes Machzgesetz ist sehr fundiert herausgearbeitet und anschaulich anhand von Beispielen erklärt. Sehr gelungen, imposant und empfehlenswert!

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  • 34rufdjckl
  • 31/03/2018

no way!

please follow these rules when you want to become a psychopath and lose all your friends

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  • julio
  • 26/03/2017

waste of time

exemples from historical periods we know almost nothing. anedoctes from kings and princes from the XVII century. The author thinks that power is that something Machiavelli wrote about. 48 laws with boring stories and bla bla bla. book returned. the book is well read though.

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  • freewill
  • 21/09/2018

Not my kind of the book.

Too many long historical passages, which are irrelevant to the modern world, I grew too tired listening to.

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