The Concise 48 Laws of Power
    The Concise 48 Laws of Power (English, Paperback, ROBERT GREENE)

    The Concise 48 Laws of Power  (English, Paperback, ROBERT GREENE)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Profile Books
    • ISBN: 9788176493369, 8176493368
    • Edition: 01, 2010
    • Pages: 208
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    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.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2010
    • Table of Contents
      • Preface
        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

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    This book can make you cunning.

    If you will really apply all the 48 laws written in this book then you will definitely be able to make a special place in any group or society. The examples given in this book are good and carry a sensibility in them. This is a concise version but carries all the basic information.

    A.D. Asheesh

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    7 May, 2012

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    Human Mind

    It tells the facts or truths about human mind. So it explains the stratagies of human or social environment, where we have to be ruthless in order to survive.

    Pulkit Garg

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    19 Jun, 2014

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    Classy product

    Amazing. Must read.

    Flipkart Customer

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    16 May, 2017

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    Hats off to Flipkart :)

    This is a very Nice Book which everyone must read. This is a small version of the BIG Book.
    I recommend this book to all.

    Amit Goel

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    1 Feb, 2016

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    Nice Book!!

    Make you cunning !!
    Read this book, but follow your heart !!
    Nicely written by Graham Greene !!
    It tells the facts and truths about human mind !!

    Rajat Jain

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    12 Apr, 2015

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    not worthy for positive people.

    Rather than cultivating wisdom book is somehow focusing on egocentric nature of writer. Indeed the book have both positive and negative aspects.
    Positive - here writer comprehend many good points on "how to get a place in society".
    Negative - substantially most of the laws are reciprocating around to deceive and humiliate others to get place above them.
    If you really want to yield some good qualities ,then go for some other philosophy books else wasting time on it.

    vivek kumar singh

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    30 Jan, 2015

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    Must read

    Excellent Book, Gives you a practical approach of how to deal with people! Work on it an power would be definitely with you!

    Milind Sonawane

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    12 Sep, 2014

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    Wonderful book

    Its a wonderful book... If u are working in industry ,you must read this...48 laws are useful & its explanations are impressive...go for it if u are working in a private firm


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    29 Dec, 2013

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    The writer is too cynic

    I purchased it to learn the trick to breathe however this will teach you the extent of cheating and telling a lie. My conscience doesn't allowed me to read further after 100 pages and therefore, it is for those who really want to ear success by defaming and tricking their own people.

    Ishant Jain

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    22 Oct, 2013

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    one best books in life

    Great book , great book to reach the heights of life. I came to know many unknown thins from this book. Good work by Graham Greene. Hyderabad, India

    Lalith Sai Krishna

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    1 Jan, 2013

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