The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene (Author)

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.

The 48 Laws of Power: A Machiavellian Guide to Success

In a world where power is the ultimate currency, Robert Greene's "The 48 Laws of Power" stands as a timeless guide to achieving and maintaining dominance. Drawing inspiration from history's greatest power players, Greene distills their strategies into a potent collection of rules that can be applied to any pursuit, from business to politics to personal relationships.

The book is divided into four parts, each exploring a different aspect of power: gaining it, using it, protecting it, and maintaining it. Greene reveals the secrets of manipulating others, understanding their weaknesses, and turning their desires against them. He teaches the art of deception, seduction, and intimidation, and shows how to use fear and respect to control those around you.

While some may find Greene's philosophy ruthless or amoral, there is no denying its effectiveness. The 48 Laws of Power has become a cult classic, studied by politicians, CEOs, and celebrities alike. Its insights into human nature and the dynamics of power are invaluable for anyone who seeks to succeed in a competitive world.

Here are a few key takeaways from "The 48 Laws of Power":

  • Never outshine the master. Always make your superiors feel like they are the ones in control.
  • Conceal your intentions. Keep your enemies guessing about your plans.
  • Stir up waters to catch fish. Create chaos to take advantage of opportunities.
  • Crush your enemy totally. Never give your enemies a chance to recover.
  • Use absence to increase respect and honor. Don't be too available to your followers.

"The 48 Laws of Power" is a powerful and thought-provoking book that will challenge your assumptions about power and influence. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true nature of power and how to use it effectively.


Penguin Books
01 September 2000