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Comment: Penguin Business paperback 2000 - 13th impression. Faded spine is not creased. Rubbing to cover edges and corners.Small nick to fore edge of rear cover.Pages xxiii + 452 with preface, selected bibliography, index. Some annotation and highlighting to text. Handwritten name in the front of the book. Binding is sound.
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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc (26 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140280197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140280197
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

"Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective", writes Robert Greene. Command of one's emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book "have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one's power ... while others decrease it and even ruin us."

The laws cull their principles from many great schemers--and scheming instructors-- throughout history, from Sun-Tzu to Talleyrand; from Casanovato con man Yellow Kid Weil. They are straightforward in their amoral simplicity: "Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit" or "Discover each man's thumbscrew." Each chapter provides examples of the consequences of observance or transgression of the law, along with "keys to power", potential reversals" (where the converse of the law might also be useful) and a single paragraph cleverly laid out to suggest an image (such as the aforementioned thumbscrew); the margins are filled with illustrative quotations. Practitioners of one-upmanship have been given a new, comprehensive training manual, as up-to-date as it is timeless. -- Jake Bond. --This review refers to the hardback edition of this title. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating . . . a wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top". -- People

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"

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"

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"

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""

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"

-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

"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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