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5.0 out of 5 stars Power in history, 8 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: The 48 Laws Of Power (A Joost Elffers Production) (Paperback)
What is so attractive about this book is the historical examples of each law. The author has not written a self-help manual full of mumbo jumbo, jargon or modern woolly ideas; he has gone through history to demonstrate just how successful power strategies can be, and how people have been engaging in the pursuit of power for centuries. Both the Athenians and the Chinese were past masters at it thousands of years ago.
To balance the successful use of the laws, he also cites examples where the law was not observed, to disasterous results. The main message of the book is that to obtain power you need a plan. Power doesn't just fall into your lap. You need a strategy, a plan of action, patience and lots of nerve.
Oh, and often, a little luck goes a long way, too.
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