The 48 Laws of Power

  • by Robert Greene
  • Narrated by Don Leslie
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") and the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"); 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 listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

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Learn to deal with, not become a tyrant

If you could sum up The 48 Laws of Power in three words, what would they be?

A guide how to see signs of people using, abusing, playing games and controlling you. Or if used it can make you a very powerful and manipulative person who most would view as evil.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Christopher Columbus, some one who took the power by just aiming for the stars and got away with the moon. If proof was ever needed that with confidence and knowing what to ask for and how, will make you appear much more powerful then you actually are.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would become a sketch movie that would jump from century to century


Any additional comments?

If you want to become a powerful monster, its a step by step guide

If you want to learn how to deal with the monsters, its a step by step guide as well. Bottom line is that people will use the techniques used in this book against you, subconsciously or knowingly and regardless it helps knowing and seeing the signs that some one is playing you.

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- GenKan

Incredible insight into the world of Ego/Greed!

If you want cut throat, selfish and egotistical brain massaging, this the book for you.

This book takes as its premise that all people act purely to out of self interest and encourages the use of power play behaviours to take advantage of the weak, infirm and/or genuinely nice. According to this thinking altruism is a lie or at best an illusion.

This book is truly poisonous in the wrong hands.

I have read Robert Greene's 'Masters' and enjoyed his ability to entwine self-help sage advice with real life stories. Always aware that often this sort of advice is pre-desired by the reader rather than being some innate truth.
The book covers have always been a big draw as the graphic is so strong and simple but completely on message. This is why my curiosity was drawn to Power. I was truly shocked by the content. On the other hand the book is well written and enthrallingly narrated.

If you do buy this book, please remember with great power comes great 'responsibility' ; possibly a good title for Greene's follow up novel?
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- harry burry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books