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In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a bible for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing.

With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Ric
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by HarperStudio (first published October 1st 2008)
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Hans
This book was a delightful surprise. It was just what I was looking for on a topic that I am very interested in, Fear. Often I have thought that all human emotions and feelings could be boiled down to two basic forces fear and love. This has always been an elusive and easily misunderstood topic for me. Fear is a shadow that is always present but rarely noticed. My interest in this subject stemmed from the idea that fear may be the opposite of love. This intrigued me because I thought the two cou ...more
Dora Okeyo
I always did ask myself why 50 Cent ventured into other areas than his music, because I found his music had message-it was not only about parties and the hot girls, and the fights-it was about being able to rise above any bad situation.
So, when I got a hold of the 50th Law-I realized that I have always been wrong in my view of musicians-and with someone as brilliant and observant as 50 Cent-then there exists other sides to him. He has the Vitamin water, G-Unit books and much more, but now I am h
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David
Nov 01, 2013 David rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gangstas who wanna be rappas and think they're Napoleon
This is the first book I have ever returned to Audible, and the first one I have put on my DNF shelf. I am a very patient and sometimes stubborn reader; I'll usually finish a book even if I don't like it, if for no other reason than to think about why I didn't like it (and write down my thoughts in a possibly scathing review).

1 star may not be entirely fair. I didn't hate this book. It wasn't offensive or stupid or badly written.

It was just boring. Soooooo boring and banal and trite.

I can sum up
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Micah Smurthwaite
Accepting your own mortality. What prevents us from doing what we really want to do is fear. Fear of failure, fear we won't be accepted, fear of death. When we accept the fact that one day we will die, we are empowered. Most of us don't touch death daily so when we experience a death in our lives it rattles us. Just say this out loud and notice how you feel, "I will die." If we think about it, confront it, and accept mortality we are liberated, energized, and empowered to live life.

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Nicholas
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Tosh
Robert Greene is a friend, but also someone I am a fan of as well. This is a book that he put together with 50 Cent, regarding the role one has to play to obtain a sense of success - which of course can be financial but as well as success on an everyday level.

Although this book is sort of a re-mix of Robert's "48 Laws of Power" it is a little bit more, because one of the focus points is the life and times of rapper 50 Cent. Who in turn is a fascinating figure, in that he knew by instinct how to
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Damon
I loved The 48 Laws Of Power and this book, essentially ten additional laws patterned after rapper/businessman 50 Cent, is more an addendum than a stand-alone product.

While Greene's other books have a heavy literary, if not academic weight, The 50th Law is comparatively breezy and light. That said, I had a really hard time putting the book down - I read the whole thing during two very late nights - and I enjoyed seeing the Machiavellian ideas grafted onto the rough Queens neighborhood 50 Cent gr
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Nick S
“This is life, new and strange; strange, because we fear it; new because we have kept our eyes turned from it…men are men and life is life, and we must deal with them as they are; and if we want to change them, we must deal with them in the form in which they exist.” Richard Wright,Native Son

“Reality is my drug. The more I have of it, the more power I get and the higher I feel.” 50 Cent

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These quotes are the perfect frame for t
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Jonny99
The 50th Law is as much about the hip-hop artist 50 Cent as the movie “Titanic” is about the “The Heart of the Ocean” diamond. If you are a picking up this hefty tome as a fan of “fitty” you are to be disappointed as he appears as author only with brief chapter intros written in a seemingly unauthentic style and as subject only in the well-trod stories of his relatively short life (in a nutshell; he sold crack, got shot for it, was signed to Eminem’s Shady records and later to a number of endors ...more
Juan Carlos Velasquez
Es cierto lo que se lee en muchas otras revisiones de GoodReads sobre este libro, la historia del cantante se repite muchas veces, quizá demasiadas. Sin quitar mérito a un ejemplo de superación tan notable, a su éxito y determinación ante vivencias tan difíciles durante su niñez y parte de su adolescencia, encuentro a menudo artificiosa la idea de hacer ver todos sus actos como parte de un plan maestro.
Por otra parte la historia de la vida de 50 Cent contada por Greene difiere en algunos aspecto
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Felipe Chiaramonte
How to be fearless in life according to Robert Greene, who uses 50 Cent as his major example, among the lives of other more prominent characters in history for illustration.

It's a contundent treatise. Sometimes redundant to the point of forgetting to look at other sides of a large spectrum or developing tones of self-help books, but it's a poignant and well enveloped book on the subject of fear.

I didn't have much information on 50 Cent, but it seems to me that the book frames him much more like
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Jean-Luc
If you haven't already read Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power, then definitely pick this book up. It's a self-help book disguised as an autobiography of 50 Cent.

If I had to pick 2 books that belong in every library in America, then it'd be Ramit Sethi's "I Will Teach You to be Rich" and The 50th Law.
Darya Berd
I wanted to love this book as much as I adore all of Robert Greene's other works (he's brilliant, analytical and has a superb eye for storytelling and getting to the very heart of human nature) - but 50 Cent kind of spoiled my delight. If Greene would have written this all by himself - it would have been yet another masterpiece.

It's difficult for me to find inspiration and true insight in 50 Cent's pearls of wisdom gained while dealing crack. I admire his perseverance and success, but I guess I'
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Brian
well, fiddy, you are not a great philosopher.

i made it about 20% through this book and i was dumbfounded that there was 80% more yet to read. this was very clearly NOT written by fifty cent. i recently read a rolling stone article about rick ross where the interviewer is at some fancy seafood restaurant in la and ross is just sitting across from him smoking blunt after blunt and eating shellfish talking about his life and how he goes about living it.

i assume the same thing took place for the wri
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Clifford 1-HunDredd  Brown
The 50th law is amazing...Robert Greene once again lays out the genius philosophy of everyday credentials...this subject in particular : fear. Based on 50 Cent's encounters and events that transformed his life we learn how to overcome fear and be successful in life. I learned alot about using fear and other downfalls as opportunity for victory and ambition...I'm definitely going to buy this book...I read it from front to back and loved every page...Unlike Greene's previous books 48 Laws Of Power ...more
Sandeep
This is a must read for anyone who wants to learn how to handle fear and be fearless in life. This book is a great introduction and simpler entry point to The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I was drawn to this book because I was interested to learn about 50 Cent, the man, instead of his rap persona and see how he was able to succeed in life without having a father and mother to raise him. Robert Greene eloquently tells 50 Cent's story by explaining to the reader how his power is absolute fea ...more
Benjamin Skipper
Another Robert Greene book down. He's currently my favorite non-fiction author of the moment.

This one I have mixed feelings on. The content is ultimately good, but I'm a little disappointed that he teamed up with rapper Fifty Cent for this. While the advice and analysis is still deep and useful, it feels like Greene is pandering to Fifty Cent's patently immoral and irrational lifestyle, giving him more credit than he deserves for his accomplishments. Cent's rise is far more likely to have been e
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Nicholas
This books entire philosophy is centred around the idea of fearlessness. This book (when applied) will ingrain you with the spirit of a bold fearless person and shift you into a new paradigm one where you learn to turn your negatives into prosperities and are not afraid to be yourself (and explains why you should be) which is ultimately attractive and something society conditions you against. It pushes you to be genuine and escape your comfort zones. Even if that is just walking up to a hot girl ...more
Mark Speed
It's not really by 50 Cent. It's by Robert Greene, who was allowed access to the great man for a period of time in order to be able to document his thoughts, route to success, etc.

Greene is a serial writer of such works (The 48 Laws of Power, 33 Strategies of War, etc.), so it was probably a bit of a breeze to listen to 50 Cents' life story, untangle the lessons and weave it into the fabric of a personal development book.

There are some interesting insights into life on the street and how to surv
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Desiree
Normally, I would not have read this book, but I picked it up for a friend who is a huge fan of 50 cent. Soooo, I decided to give it a try.

I found it to be the most repetitious book I have ever read in my entire life! The same story is repeated over and over and over again! If I thought it was worth my time, I would count the number of times the story of his shooting and being dropped by his record label is repeated. Also, we are told over and over again how his name used to be Curtis and is now
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Mike Tunney
This book resonated with me on a number of levels and does a great job of describing some very real problems that people struggle with in our modern world. The book’s essence can be boiled down to two things: becoming fearless and taking bold action.

For anyone feeling that they aren’t in control of their life or are unable to assert themselves, the 50th Law does a good job of presenting this reality: we have become afraid to be our true selves. Whether you are in a job you hate and can’t find th
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Ricardo Espinoza
I will say that the book seems to have been written for a masculine audience. Not many women are even mentioned in the various anecdotes. This book would be good for a man that wishes to be more dominant in his life.

I understand that a lot of ratings will be based on whether the material was applicable to the reader or not. For me, the book was very impactful as a budding college student. Others may find it nebulous or even Machiavellian. Regardless, the book is still a worthwhile read. Besides
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Jessie
Excellent way to re-set my mind and focus. I picked this book up 2 years ago but this is the first chance I've had to sit down and read it. I flew through it. I was reminded of why I love Robert Greene, his style is engaging with the way he ties in his lessons with historical characters. 50 Cent's story kept getting redundant in each chapter, since it opened with him, and you could tell there was a lot of detail being left out when it came to his relationship's in the music business, but it stil ...more
Sam Hysell
Incredible book with historical case studies of success and power from the streets to abraham lincoln
Wendy Chen
I barely knew who 50 Cent was before reading this, but I have a newfound respect for the rapper's stoic views & pragmatism. Besides "fearlessness", this book also preaches unyielding determination to become the best iteration of yourself.

This book is borderline painful to read because it shows human nature & society in an unapologetically honest light. I would occasionally laugh because it compared the unyielding nature of business executives with "expired" drug lords. I wanted to hear
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Louis Warner
Amazing for anyone whose having trouble with passing obstacles in their lives. Amazing for people whose lives are going really well. Amazing for people whose lives are not going well. And amazing for everybody in-between. this book will change your outlook on life. whether you have trouble asserting your presence or lacking confidence to push for that promotion. Whatever! this book will erase all fear not like magic, there are steps to follow to eliminate your fears. But it does a really good jo ...more
Cameron Andrews
The 50th Law written by Robert Greene is a book on strategy and fearlessness. Inspired by a man who took fearlessness and strategy to another level who is Curtis Jackson aka 50 cent the well known rapper. The book overviews parts of 50 cents life and also other people's lives and breaks down there strategy and mindset then how you can associate it into your life. “Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have a ...more
Sandeep Tuladhar
From the streets of hustlers to one of the biggest artists in the music industry we learn the journey 50 cent had to travel throughout his life and the lessons he had learnt throughout the time of his life.
An amazing surprise which we learn from 50 cents life and how he made the choice of living rich or die trying, it is an inspirational, motivational book, which expresses the adversity 50 had to face; a perfect book for entrepreneurs.

One of the main messages of this book is "The one thing that
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Zoe Turner
Robert Greene hit big with another work that is beside 48 Laws of Power in rank, The 50th Law. Hitting the essential concept that we face every day which is fear. Greene shaped fear/fearlessness in his aspiring ten chapters. With countless maxims from 50 Cent himself but also from other elites. The inspiring quotes didn't just help outline the morals throughout the chapter, but to understand in depth. Greene didn't fail to hook us in with this lure.

The instructions on each page of how to conque
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Heidi
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“Understand: people judge you by appearances, the image you project through your
actions, words, and style. If you do not take control of this process, then people will see
and define you the way they want to, often to your detriment. You might think that
being consistent with this image will make others respect and trust you, but in fact it is
the opposite—over time you seem predictable and weak. Consistency is an illusion
anyway—each passing day brings changes within you. You must not be afraid to
express these evolutions. The powerful learn early in life that they have the freedom to
mold their image, fitting the needs and moods of the moment. In this way, they keep
others off balance and maintain an air of mystery. You must follow this path and find
great pleasure in reinventing yourself, as if you were the author writing your own
drama”
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