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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
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Nov 28, 10

Looks cool and sounds cool, but is hard to distill into practical advice. Some of the principles contradict one another, and the anecdotes occasionally get jammed into awkward interpretations that don't quite fit. It's clear that Greene used only a few main sources, as some people are mentioned over and over again. By the end I was heartily sick of Yellow Kid Weil.

I loved the little vignette about the piles of bodies Empress Wu climbed over in order to become one of the greatest rulers of China of all time, at a time when women weren't even technically allowed to rule. Badass.

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