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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178125091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781250914
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Praise for The 48 Laws of Power:

'At last, the book to help you scheme your way into the upper echelons of power. Essential rules for the new Machiavellis

(Daily Express)

The year's surprise bestseller will doubtless appeal to all armchair megalomaniacs (Daily Mail)

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

Machiavelli has a new rival, and Sun-tzu had better watch his back (New York Times)

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'Live by your own rules' - Robert Greene, the 'modern Machiavelli' debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a radical new way to greatness.

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I came across this book purely by chance, and having loved his book about power, The 48 Laws of Power (Which I have also reviewed, so I won't go into it here) I bought the paperback. To my knowledge, there's an abridged (posh word for shortened) edition, but this is the whole enchilada at well over three hundred pages! It took a while to read, and the print is really small, so it's best you get the kindle version if your eyes aren't what they were! So, Monsieur Greene, on this outing, teaches some really valuable lessons on exploring the full potential of the human psyche using past and present masters of their crafts as examples, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Goethe, Faraday and Einstein. It's totally changed my perspective on life, as Greene suggests that we find our Life's Task, and not close off our minds to learning new skills and embracing change, whatever our age, instead of getting comfortable, because it's safe and reassuring. He mentions the importance of mentors, and that, in some cases, we have to mentor ourselves if no such mentors are available to us. And the important stages of learning an apprenticeship, from observation, to breaking free and striking out on your own. I found it really informative and useful, and I came away with two memorable pieces of information, one being that, when you feel you have nothing left to learn in a job or apprenticeship, it's time to leave, and a great quote by Einstein, who viewed the intuitive mind as a 'sacred gift' and the rational mind as 'a faithful servant.' He said that 'we have created a society where we honour the faithful servant and forget the gift'.Read more ›
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Brilliant book. Couldn't put it down. Learned an awful lot about life from it. Recommend it should be on the school curriculum!
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Great insight into the steps and course of action to take on one's way to ultimate mastery. Interesting structure to the book.
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Robert Greene has always had the knack for cutting through the proverbial cheese. His writing is thought provoking in a way that I find typically unrivalled, and he is able to put into words those things that you have a general feeling about, but couldn't ever 'firm up'. I bought this book because I absolutely loved his 48 Laws work - which I thought was a masterpiece. Sinister at times, but true none-the-less. The stories in Mastery were extremely well researched, and linked well to what he was teaching. The steps through Mastery are laid bare in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed what he had to say. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I thought it got slightly repetitive towards the end, a little bit of a 'filler'. But that does not take away from the fantastic work right through the book. Another well written piece, which gave me the conviction that we can all achieve Mastery in our fields of expertise - if only we follow the process as so many who have gone before us have.
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All good, arrived as promised, book in good quality
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I enjoyed reading the stories and analyses which led Greene to his conclusions, although the conclusions themselves were pretty much the same as the ones which I have made myself in my every day life. I don't feel especially enlightened having read the book, but I'm pleased to have learnt more about the lives of various "masters" in history, and information about a number of different related subjects (psychological, social, anthropological, etc.) It was cleverly written, and inspiring too.
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Well written but tough going in places. Greene tends to lapse into hyperbole too often. And too many stories that seem to pad out the useful stuff. This book could be half the length.
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Hi Guys,

I listen to this in audiobook format after recommendation from a friend.

** Good points **
Personally I found it very useful because I often have creative ideas/instincts/behaviours. I previously thought I was a bit 'off the wall' and sometimes different from others in some ways, this book talks about processes of creativity deeply. Some of which are simple and I do automatically, E.g. when you go for a walk you often get your great ideas, answers to a problem. Others were more deep, e.g. following your intuition/instinct is very often the path you should be following and he gave nice examples to illustrate.

** Bad points **
A minor annoyance, was the author often used the same examples up repeatedly throughout the book again and reintroduced the person.
eg Sally was a metal work artist, nobody believed she could make heavy metal statues because she was a girl.. Author will explain a point, then a few chapters later reintroduce Sally and half repeat exactly the same thing in different words, but then add another new idea.
I get what he was trying to do, but found it slightly annoying and got confused initially thinking 'hadn't he already talked about this person?'

Also, some of his ideas I didn't totally agree with, e.g. talking about how Google beat Yahoo and dominated search engines, and explained why, because e.g. they were doing x,y and z differently. But I felt that this 'backtracking is easy to do in hindsight. Actually , sometimes a few different twists of fate and it could have been Yahoo or someone else on top, sometimes the thing that made one company more successful over another was not the things the author emphasised but could easily have been a completely different set of circumstance.
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