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The 48 laws of power

Author: Robert Greene; Joost Elffers
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this bestselling work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Greene, Robert.
48 laws of power.
New York : Viking, 1998
(OCoLC)846199094
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Greene; Joost Elffers
ISBN: 0670881465 9780670881468
OCLC Number: 39733201
Notes: "A Joost Elffers production."
Description: xxiii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 cost --
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 suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability --
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: transform weakness into power --
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: get others to play with the cards you deal --
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 that 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: despise the free lunch --
Law 41: avoid stepping into a great man's shoes --
Law 42: strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter --
Law 43: work on the hearts and minds of others --
Law 44: disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect --
Law 45: preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once --
Law 46: never appear too perfect --
Law 47: do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop --
Law 48: assume formlessness.
Other Titles: Forty-eight laws of power
Power
Responsibility: Robert Greene.
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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this bestselling work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

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