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Praise for The Laws of Human Nature:

“The writing is engaging and the ideas are fascinating… we could all use the insights Greene provides....  a hopeful book that advocates freedom and creativity.” -- Quartz

"The lessons have profound implications. There's a chapter on reading body language that is absolutely profound; each "law" has stunningly vivid descriptions of an historical figure.” -- Inc.

“The Laws of Human Nature provides some first-rate comprehensive and in-depth information about how to deal with our fellow human beings effectively. Greene’s intense curiosity about the inner workings of humanity is contagious, as he invites us to join him as fellow sleuths on his investigation of why people, including ourselves, do what we do. He rightly (and frequently) reminds us that in order to understand others, we must first and foremost understand what makes ourselves tick.” -- New York Journal of Books

"In this detailed and expansive guide, Greene (
Mastery) seeks to … transform the reader into a 'calmer and more strategic observer,' immune to 'emotional drama.' Those are lofty promises, but even skeptics will become believers after diving into Greene’s well-organized text. Overcoming the “law of irrationality,” for instance, leads to the ability to “open your mind to what is really happening, as opposed to what you are feeling.” Greene’s thoughtful examination of self and society will, for the committed reader, deliver a refreshing and revitalizing perspective." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Robert Greene:

"Greene's specialty is analyzing the lives and philosophies of historical figures like Sun Tzu and Napoleon, and extracting from them tips on how to manipulate people and situations--a cutthroat worldview that has earned him a devoted following among a like-minded readership of rappers, drug dealers and corporate executives."
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"Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust."
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"Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top."

"An heir to Machiavelli's Prince . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade mecum."
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"Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It's The Rules meets In Pursuit of Wow! with a degree in comparative literature."

About the Author

Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery, is an internationally renowned expert on power strategies. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 624 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 014311137X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143111375
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.03 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.54 x 1.29 x 9.15 inches
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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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Robert Greene’s “The Laws of Human Nature” may be the best book I have read in a long time and if I had my way would be a textbook in every high school in America. I feel that way because it lays out a comprehensive guide for the way we think and behave. He mixes philosophy with ancient wisdom and recent events to help us understand the 18 laws that guide us.

Each section begins my explaining the ‘law’, then shares a story from that supports the theory. He summarizes what we have learned and shares strategies on how we can build our skills or improve our behavior in each area.

Here are Greene’s laws with my one sentence summaries:

The Law of Irrationality – How our emotions lead us to bad decisions and create negativity in our lives.

The Law of Narcissism – Why people are narcissists and how they can be dangerous.

The Law of Role-playing – The impact of hiding our true personalities.

The Law of Compulsive Behavior – People fall into the trap of repeating bad behaviors.

The Law of Covetousness – Why we want what we don’t have.

The Law of Shortsightedness – Why we overreact to short term situations and ignore the long-term.

The Law of Defensiveness – We resist when people are trying to change our minds, yet we look for opportunities to change others.

The Law of Self-sabotage – If you change your attitude who can avoid problems that you will face.

The Law of Repression – Be cautious of your dark side. We all have one.

The Law of Envy – Because people are naturally envious, you need to work to draw attention away from yourself and develop your own self-worthy but the way you view yourself.

The Law of Grandiosity – A little success goes to our head. It is wise to be realistic when looking at your own accomplishments.

The Law of Gender Rigidity – We are born with male and female genes, but as we grow older, we repress parts of our traits. This is to our own detriment.

The Law of Aimlessness – When you have a sense of purpose, you will be more successful.

The Law of Conformity – We act differently when we are in groups. We are more likely to take risks when we feel the support of those around us.

The Law of Fickleness – Authority results from creating the appearance of power and when others see you as a leader.

The Law of Aggression – Recognize the signs of our repressed frustrations and anger and learn to tame them.

The Law of Generational Myopia – As you grow up you identify with others from your generation, but when you get older these attitudes prevent you from being open to the ideas of others not in your group.

The Law of Death Denial – We spend a lot of our lives avoiding the subject of our own death. But as we accept it, we enjoy more aspects of our life.

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