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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: PROFILE BOOKS; 2Rev Ed edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861974043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861974044
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law. His highly anticipated fifth book, Mastery, examines the lives of great historical figures such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, Paul Graham and Henry Ford and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters. In addition to having a strong following within the business world and a deep following in Washington, DC, Greene's books are hailed by everyone from war historians to the biggest musicians in the industry (including Jay-Z and 50 Cent).

Greene attended U.C. Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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A recommended reading for business majors.
Kamal Jabbar CEO Palace Music Group, LLC
If you want to be wise and just, reading the 48 Laws of Power will help you.
Alexander Fürstenberg
There is enough substance for those with brains to read.
Allen Baird

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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful By David Witt on January 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is a slimmed down version of the original book, which I also own. It is paperback, 4.5 in X 6.5 in, and 195 pages, versus the original, which was 9 in x 6.5 in and 452 pages.

What it leaves out: All of the historical anecdotes and extensive examples of each law.

What it leaves in: The law, the Judgement (a short description), the Keys to Power (the author's direct description of the law and its consequences), the Image (a symbolic representation of the law), and the Authority (a supporting quotation). This book also has some of the stories that were printed in the margins in the original book.

I loved the original book, which typical had three or four long anecdotes, stories or historical references to illustrate each law. This book is useful as a easy-to-carry reference to the laws now that I have read the original. If, however, you really want to learn these laws, I recommend the original.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Excellent book which is a must for everyone who are spectacular failures in all walks of life. In this book you will certainly find the answers for your failure to attain your potential .It is more than likely that you are violating one or more of these laws and / or you are not following the 48 excellent laws of Power.
The ancient wisdom is distilled in a clear and racy format which keeps your attention through out. Only regret that I did not find this book earlier. Brazenly honest book with none of the idealistic crap. A book to be lived by! for survival and beyond.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George Coppedge on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a guidebook for the ruthless careerist type. Is that you? If so, read the book. If not, beware of how they operate - read the book to avoid being a tool. It definitely DOES contain outstanding advice for dealing with people, regardless of who you are.

There is one law for each chapter. Each 3-5 page chapter states a law of power, explains it, then gives a few examples. It also tries (and fails in my opinion) to create a visual image for each law. Most of the examples are taken from Renaissance or ancient Chinese times, which most readers will have difficulty relating to. If there is a new edition, it could be vastly improved by using modern-day character examples from business or government.

The book is easily readable. The short chapters make it ideal to read when time is limited, e.g. commuting, waiting, etc. While almost all the chapters are surely relevant, it would be a bit difficult to keep all 48 in mind when confronting each situation. So, it's a bit overwhelming. Also, I think to really integrate these laws into everyday behaviors, a reader would have to practice or attend a workshop. Visually, the book is extremely dull - only 1 photo of the author. Any new edition would need serious visual re-design - fonts, colors, real images, etc.

This book is invaluable for aspiring executives. (It's probably required reading at intensely competitive schools like wharton, Harvard, etc. If not, it should be.) Having deduced many of these laws through firsthand work experience before reading this book, I absolutely agree with almost all of the laws the book states. The main caveat is that readers shouldn't expect to be able to apply every one of the 48 laws appropriately to all situations - at least not without a lot of practice!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Baird on November 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has been out for so long now that there seems little point in adding to the multitude of reviews. However, I want to for two reasons. (1) Judging from the review content of those who have given it a low number of stars, it sticks me that they don't know what they're talking about. (2) I gained great nourishment from 48 LoP and would like to encourage others to share in the feast.

The associations with gangsters and manipulative techniques put people off it. The first is the fault of the book's publishers who saw this as a selling point, albeit a misleading one. Gangsters are 'sexy' and sex sells. The second is to underestimate the book's guiding spirit, Nicholo Machiavelli, who was not some immoral fiend but a diplomat and political philosopher of the highest order.

Better reasons to regard the book negatively are the clichés and contradictions it seems to contain. Laws such as "play a sucker to catch a sucker" (21) and "despise the free lunch" (40) seem like truisms or the folk wisdom of some annoying, smart-arse uncle. I counsel patience here; read the content first.

As for the contradictions, how can you "make your accomplishments seem effortless" (30) while at the same time never appearing too perfect (48)? Or how could you "use selective honesty" (12) while keeping your hands clean (26) and guarding your reputation with your life (5)? But remember, Greene is not presenting us with some system here, some self-contained method that breaks if you foil any single part. It is rather a tool kit. A wrench does not 'contradict' a hammer. They perform different functions at different times for different people. So it is here.

The main point I want to stress is the quality of Greene's sources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aisling D'Art on August 8, 2013
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If you're a "do what you love and the money will follow" enthusiast, this book will turn your stomach.

If you're ready to do anything at all, even compromising your values (if you have any) to get ahead, this book is what you're looking for. Waste no time clicking the button to buy this. It's easily one of the very best books for getting ahead in business.

Yes, the print is tiny. That's okay if you want to keep this in a jacket pocket, backpack, attache, or hidden in your desk or locker. In fact, the size of this book makes it ideal for anyone who'll want to refer to it regularly throughout the day... without co-workers noticing. (The red cover wasn't an ideal choice, but you can always cover it with an old-school book cover.)

Sure, if you have scruples, the advice in this book is appalling. Things like not letting your boss know how bright and clever you really are... so you're not perceived as a threat to his (or her) job, until it's too late for your boss to do anything about it.

That is the tip of the iceberg. In fact, the author opens with that kind of advice, building up to more devious tactics.

If you're looking for the very best, tried-and-true Machiavellian ways to lie, cheat, and (maybe) steal your way to the top -- and you didn't learn enough from Othello's Iago -- this is the book you want. It's loaded with tips, background information, and pithy quotations so you'll feel like these are venerable business practices.

(I could counter that by saying -- in true hippie style -- two things: 1) Karma!, and 2) What goes around, comes around, so watch your back if you rise to the top following the advice in this book.
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