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  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
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By: Robert Greene
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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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  • Tom
  • 23-04-2018

Just try 3 Laws

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One of the best books, if you're one who strives for a better life

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Wonderfully organised and sequenced

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Just pick 3 laws that really hit you hard. Try them in your everyday interactions.

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PERFECT ... for anyone, everyone, for all reasons

This book should be considered as staple reading for everyone who sees value in knowing the personalities they will inevitably come to deal with - its incredibly written, historical examples are accurate, entertaining and easily digestable in their own right.

I've purchased hardcopies for myself that we're loaned but never to returned lol, copies as gifts and copies on most digital book channels.

I can't gush enough how this book prepared me in business and in social situations ... if only I discovered this book sooner.

All I can say is just read it, learn it, love it, live it... (and you'll thank the author 'Robert Greene' later).



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Amazing

Great performance, great content, great author. Amazing sums it up well. Robert Greene is a very good writer and thinker

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Great readings, but extremely outdated

The author just freely interpret historical event into his heart content; some of the laws contradicts the other, Talleyran become his example, in some of his 'law' as he's the perfect example of that law why he was a success; a few "laws" later, Talleyran doing the same thing at the same period of historical time become his model example why he was a failure.
He does have an interesting interpretation of historical events - however, historical events is also a biased documentations of past events; and the writer's interpretation made it even more biased tailored to suits his "laws".
Luckily the reader have a very lovely voice and intonation, which make listening to this book very interesting.
I would consider this a fiction rather than non-fiction; because even that he's using historical facts & events, the interpretation and usage of them as example was up to his heart content rather than as-is.

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Temporary power

Interesting opinion, books based on manipulation and deceit. I don’t believe these laws will bring lasting power.

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How to be successive

I have learnt so much in this book. This book has taught me how to be a better version of myself and helped me understand the reasons behind many actions we make today. It does not hold back on some of the brutal truths. A crucial book that teaches the essence of what makes a person powerful and influential. Honestly, you will make better choices after reading this book.

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The best book for how to live your best life

I have now purchased the hard copy and am enjoying the lessons even more, if that is possible. Unbelievably well-researched and written superbly.

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  • mr
  • 03-04-2018

a very interesting book

This book has some great insights into how politics affect your every day life and how a bit of thought about how you operate can have significant impact on your outcomes

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Of limited use

Often contradictory, repetitive, weak logic and generally irrelevant. This book was a waste of time and effort. The only interesting aspect was the historic examples of immoral manipulation.

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Good book to put you to sleep

Talks about each power for only a couple of minutes, then continues on with history lesson’s that put me to sleep within minutes.

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