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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2005
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I loved the original book, which typical had three or four long anecdotes, stories or historical references to illustrate each law.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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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2004
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2008
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.)

For many of us who wouldn't think about doing half of what's in this book, it's kind of stomach-turning. Yes, we know we may lose opportunities to people who play by the rules (or lack of them) in this book. It's okay. We'll sleep better at night.

If you're laughing as you read this, thinking, "That poor, deluded, excessively idealistic woman...," you will love every morsel of advice in this book. In fact, buy two copies, because you'll wear out the pages of the first copy.

Me...? I'm keeping this book as a writing reference. When I need a sleazy character, or someone who will reform in the course of my story, this is an ideal guide to understand his characters and the things he might do, on his way to redemption.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
In a nutshell, this book is like Machiavelli, without the boring context. This is a short-cut for historians. I was a history major and I am learning more about history, to include amusing anectdotes, than I did in college. In other words, this book makes history relevant, which is difficult. Maybe someday the author could make a boring subject like math relevent too. Every page oozes with wisdom, in my opininion. I have a very fast paced job and I learned a lot of these lessons the hard way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
After reading the first five (5) sections in this book, I was amazed at that fact that I could immediately identify three power moves that I had been doing and not realized what it meant. I was engulfed and essentially "sponged" the book up mentally. It was good to see what I can use to gain power...but at the same time, this book has helped me see and understand the actions of others I've come across in Corporate America and other organizations that encompass a Chain of Command. Although my personal constitution has always been to listen first before speaking...but now...I listen for certain "Power" clues in their speeh, actions, etc. Now i know who to watch closer and how to "counter" their power moves. This is a definite read for anybody who needs to understand a harsh work, organizational environment. The Enemy is still out there...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2009
I have read a lot of strategy and power books and this by far is one of the better. If you have done some research on the topic this is a great source of compiled theories with tons of historical facts to back the law theorys. If this is your first taste of power/strategy books its a good primer but with the topic being so massive don't expect it to be the be all do all. Great book worth every cent.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2004
Like it or not, people get more and more pragmatic in their everyday moral behaviour, so chances are high that you will be confronted with one or more of the 48 Laws of Power sooner or later. Don't let yourself be fooled by Christian rhetorics. Hypocrisy is now the standard -- if it wasn't already through the times. If you want to be wise and just, reading the 48 Laws of Power will help you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2014
The book is awesome. If you want to understand the demeanor of the corporate mind, this would be the book. It goes hand and hand with the art of war. Delivery could have been better but circumstances can be inevitable sometimes. Overall, a book to understand the nature of this world starting with corporate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a superb and POWERFUL TOOL OR WEAPON. Perhaps
the SECOND BIBLE in each and every HOME & SCHOOL LIBRARY.
This handbook should be required reading for any business person
Or anyone who buys or sells anything including him or herself - Ben of HibiscusExpress on Amazon.com
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