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The 48 Laws of Power

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Richard Poe

23 Hours 11 Minutes

HighBridge Company

April 2007

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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control-from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

In the book that People magazine proclaimed 'beguiling' and 'fascinating,' Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P. T. Barnum.

Some laws teach the need for prudence ('Law 1: Never Outshine the Master'), others teach the value of confidence ('Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness'), and many recommend absolute self-preservation ('Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally'). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.

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    Great listen. Very entertaining and informative.

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    An excellent review of the laws of power that you can use in any situation in your life.

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    If you keep an open and objective mind, this book will immensely help you in your personal and professional life. Some might be fooled to interpret the books ideals as nothing more than manipulation. You must be keen enough to understand that human psychology is very complex in nature and this book just helps you navigate it.

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  • Lonell G.

    this book will teach you

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  • Evan L.

    This book is great and I definitely feel like i made the right choice getting the unabridged version. This book is basically a history book, philosophy book, folktale book and self help book all in one. I would highly recommend.

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  • Terrell C.

    Great informational book!

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing book I've read it 4 times

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  • Mamadou D

    Great read. This book increase your confidence and teach you how to defend yourself against political and manipulative people.

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  • Robert P

    Wonderful historical evidence and a gripping read. Systematic in its writing and endlessly insightful. A must read.

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