The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

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By (author) Joost Elffers, By (author) Robert Greene

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  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 234mm x 33mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0140280197
  • ISBN 13: 9780140280197
  • Sales rank: 4,318

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Before "Mastery, "came "The 48 Laws of Power"--the "New York Times" bestseller that started it all Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, "The 48 Laws of Power "is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. In the book that "People "magazine proclaimed "beguiling" and "fascinating," Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), others teach the value of confidence ("Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness"), and many recommend absolute self-preservation ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, "The 48 Laws of Power "is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.

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Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including "The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War," "The Art of Seduction," and "Mastery." He lives in Los Angeles. Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, "Play with Your Food," and "How Are You Peeling?." He lives in New York City.

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By rashid qazizada 28 Mar 2014 5

Do not waste your time, you may not find this opportunity again, this is an amazing book, with the paperback and so on..

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Praise for "The 48 Laws of Power" "It's the rules for suits . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust." --"New York" magazine "Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top." --"People "magazine "An heir to Machiavelli's "Prince" . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect "vade mecum." " --"Publishers Weekly" "Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It's "The Rules "meets "In Pursuit of Wow! "with a degree in comparative literature." --"Allure"

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THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into 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 require prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), some stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally") but like it or not, all have applications in real-life situations. 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.