The Concise 48 Laws Of Power teaches readers how to be manipulative and successful in today’s highly competitive world.
Summary Of The Book
The Concise 48 Laws Of Power explains how to employ Machiavellian tactics to succeed in life. The author knew all about manipulation, the hardcore games and tactics used to gain power and fame, as he worked in Hollywood.
The author says that he wrote this book to show the forces at work, the tactics used to gain power and success. He says most people are unaware of the hardcore manipulations that are prevalent in all aspects of life. Even if they're aware of it, they tend to ignore it.
The author says that the only way a person can defend themselves is to be aware of these basic laws of manipulation. It is up to the reader whether they apply these tactics to further their own ends, or whether they will just read the book to become more aware so that they can resist being exploited by other people.
It lists 48 laws, which are tactics that are used by people driven by sheer ambition, to achieve power, wealth or whatever other end they have in mind. The author also points out, that these are not new ideas, but have been around in use for millennia. He bases his ideas on the tactics used and advocated by historical personalities from Machiavelli to Henry Kissinger. It shows readers the highly powerful strategies used by many to further their own interest, even at the expense of others.
In The Concise 48 Laws Of Power, each law gets its own chapter. Each chapter is self contained and independent. Some of the laws mentioned in the book are Concentrate Your Forces, Despise the Free Lunch, Never Appear Too Perfect, Conceal Your Intentions, and Crush Your Enemy Totally.
The author points out that people need to acknowledge the existence of these factors, and need to realize that most people use manipulative tactics all the time. He further says that humanity cannot really see itself in terms of black and white, when there are shades of grey. The darker areas should be illuminated so that the average person knows how to protect themselves against being used, even if they do not themselves intend to use these tactics for personal gain.
The Concise 48 Laws Of Power is an interestingly written book that highlights the darker shades of grey in humanity, using many interesting anecdotes from world history and from contemporary events.
About Robert Greene
Robert Greene is an American author and speaker.
Other book by this author are The Art of Seduction, The 50th Law, The 33 Strategies of War, and Mastery.
Robert Greene, born in 1959, has a degree in classical studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He writes on the subjects of power, strategy and seduction. His books are international bestsellers, but have also invited controversy for their explicit advice on using manipulative tactics for success. The Concise 48 Laws Of Power has been received with a lot of negative criticism, to which Greene points out that he is just highlighting reality.
Law 1: Never outshine the master
Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies
Law 3: Conceal your intentions
Law 4: Always say less than necessary
Law 5: So much depends on reputation guard it with your life
Law 6: Court attention at all costs
Law 7: Get Others to do the work for you, but always take the credit
Law 8: Make other people come to you use bait if necessary
Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument
Law 10: Infection: Avoid the unhappy and unlucky
Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you
Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim
Law 13: When asking for help, appeal to people’s self –interest, never to their mercy or gratitude
Law 14: Pose as a friend, work as a spy
Law 15: Crush your enemy totally
Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honor
Law 17: Keep others in suspense
Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – Isolation is dangerous
Law 19: Know who you’re dealing with – do not offend the wrong person
Law 20: Do not commit to anyone
Law 21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker – seem dumber than your mark
Law 22: Use the surrender tactic
Law 23: Concentrate your forces
Law 24: Play the perfect courtier
Law 25: Re-create yourself
Law 26: Keep Your hands clean
Law 27: Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following
Law 28: Enter action with boldness
Law 29: Plan all the way to the end
Law 30: Make your accomplishments seem effortless
Law 31: Control the options
Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies
Law 33: Discover each man’s thumbscrew
Law 34: Be royal in your own fashion – act like a king to be treated like one
Law 35: Master the art of timing
Law 36: Disdain things you cannot have – Ignoring them is the best revenge
Law 37: Create compelling spectacles
Law 38: Think as you like but behave like others
Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish
Law 40: Deapise the free lunch
Law 41: Avid stepping into a great man’s shoes
Law 42: Strike the shepherd and sheep will scatter
Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others
Law 45: Preach the need for change, But never reform too much at once
Law 46: Never appear too prefect
Law 47: Do not go past the mark you aimed for; In victory, learn when to stop
Law 48: Assume formlessness
This book can make you cunning.
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one best books in life
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