- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861974043
- ISBN-13: 978-1861974044
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Concise 48 Laws of Power Paperback – 2002
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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I loved the original book, which typical had three or four long anecdotes, stories or historical references to illustrate each law.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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
I admit a very small number of these "The concise 48 laws of power" by Robert Greene may be positive advice for life's battles such as master the art of timing, despise the free lunch, never appear too perfect, win through your actions, never through argument, avoid the unhappy and unlucky, keep your hands clean, and assume formlessness. However, the vast majority of these laws are designed for those people who are unethical and have no qualms about screwing over anyone to gain power. These are not good honest people, but more like depraved thugs. Many of these so-called laws are what organized crime mobsters live by in their depraved lifestyle. Some of the 48 laws in this manual includes the following:
Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies, Conceal your intentions. Court attention at all costs. Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit, learn to keep people dependent on you (The far left politicians and Union leaders follow this law to the letter). Pose as a friend , work as a spy.Read more ›
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This book reinforced my skills as a supervisor and taught me new tricks to reach my goals. This was a easy read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the condensed version but has all the information the "real book" has. This is the perfect pocket size or quick reference guide. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Brenda George
Everyone should read and revisit this tiny book on regular basis. Filled with wisdom. I recommend reading one lesson and living with it for a bit before getting to the next one.Published 1 month ago by MarcN