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The 48 Laws Of Power (The Robert Greene Collection) Paperback – 20 Nov 2000
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'Invaluable manual on the use and abuse of power... indispensable and often-cited influence on many of America's most successful rappers' -- Sunday Times Magazine
About the Author
Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction (both from Profile), has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.
Find him on Twitter @RobertGreene
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However, this book has helped me in ways that I did not expect. I am more aware of what other people are doing, I am actually more concerned with the welfare of others, and I realised that it is important to at least have power over your own life so I am now a much more in control person who is more disciplined. I am also more excited about life somewhat, knowing that you can have fun improving yourself and your position in life and in the world.
I am not sure that I will follow each and every rule of the book, but it's an interesting read and some of the laws are fairly neutral such as being careful about what you say to people, not always showing all of your cards and never appearing or being smarter than those above you, especially in a professional work situation. Laws such as these are good for self-preservation, if nothing else.
But if you take everything in this book as gospel, then you may lose your humanity (as other reviewers have said) and/or you may realise that the heights of power are not what you wanted after all. Ultimately, take this book with a barrel of salt and maybe go for the more morally neutral laws, lest you be completely corrupted by the dark side of the world.
To those people who gave this book 1 star because you think of the methods of this book as immoral - your sense of right and wrong is admirable, but if you actually want people who apply these methods to stop then it would be much better for as many people as possible to know them. But of course, what I say isn't going to sway you. In fact my arguments are just going to make you more resistant. I know that because of this wonderful book.
I cannot overstate how useful this book is, but I had one minor niggle with it - the fables and anecdotes in every chapter were helpful, but I was slightly irritated at how they broke up the larger story that the chapter was telling. Because of this, I skipped some of them, wanting to get straight on with the chapter. However, this might just be personal and it should in no way dissuade you from buying this book.
Some people say it's a evil book. I say it can be used for good and evil. It depends on how you use it.