Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention--grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), but like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded--or been victimized by--power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
By Jeffrey Peter A. Hauck
In his "The 48 Laws of Power," Author Robert Greene presents 48 laws or chapters that encapsulate the human psyche. Greene masterly backs his psychological contentions with historical use or "observance" of the law, and then counters the lesson with a breach or "transgression" of the law. The reader will understand how the lesson works and how it fails.
Although no book, tape, or lecture provides a panacea for every human interaction problem, this text goes the distance to make the reader understand our human psychological realm as to why we do what we do. From our loftiest aspirations to our most base reactions such as jealousy, Greene has created a masterful text.
I have used this book many times and have found that Greene speaks about the ugly truths of our human condition. For example from the Introduction: "In the world today, however, it is dangerous to seem too power hungry, to be overt with your power moves. We have to seem fair and decent. So we need to be subtle--congenial yet cunning, democratic yet devious." To a student, never in the real world these sentences may seem boastful or a sham. To the adult with the job, he or she will understand completely. It is true. So, gentle reader, protect yourself and livelihood with the aid of this book. In fact, this book is so valuable to understanding the shortcomings, foibles and flaws in the human psychological machination that I would rate it eight stars if I could.
I could offer more examples, but why? If you've gotten this far you may need the advice this book has to offer. The Best! I rate this text as >Five (5) Stars +++.
By Michael Vanier
I wish everyone would read and re-read this book. This book is for everyone who has watched people with no real talent or ability get far more rewards than they deserved, while those with more ability got taken advantage of. What's the secret? Understanding the laws of power as set forth in this book. Even though the book is amoral and seems to encourage amorality in the reader, the author is (knowingly or not) doing a great public service in presenting such a clearly explained guide to the workings of power. Make no mistake: if you don't understand these laws, someone who does will take advantage of you. If you do understand them, you can at least protect yourself. If everyone understood these laws, nobody would be able to use them - and the world would be a much better place.