The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power Summary

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 48 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. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.

Book Reviews


Love5 star



Worse book I’ve read1 star

Very disappointed. I don’t agree with the premise and many examples he uses are of the worst types of characters in history and it usually never ends well for them. Should be called “The guide to be friendless, alone and miserable”. Wish I could get my money back.15


fantastic5 star



120%5 star

Great Book with even better knowledge to evolve in your life:MUST READ.MUST APPLY. Thank you.55

Acadia Acadia

Mesmerizing. Couldn’t put it down.5 star

The quirks, twists and surprises kept me reading this book. Factual, yet cunning and insightful. If you want to manipulate manipulative people or entice people to do what you want, I’d say read this book. I thoroughly enjoy each excerpt of historical situations used to reveal different messages and a new lesson upon turning each page.55


Must Read5 star

It’s amazing. I just love the background of the stories and understanding the concepts of their behavior for each scenerio.55


Jedi mind trick1 star

A Sith Lord’s handbook on use of the dark side of the force. No, the dark side is not stronger than the light. Master Yoda once said “Quicker, easier, more seductive, but not stronger.” You’ll damage your body/soul without a doubt if you live by these laws. Remember the high ground and the inevitable fate of Vader.15

Fran Santillana

Strong Points5 star

Very good book. A bit too Machiavellian but anyone can learn a thing or two by the wisdom of this book.55

apparently I need a fake name

Great5 star



The 48 laws of power5 star

The best book I have ever read.55

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