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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
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Oct 13, 11

Read from July 29 to October 13, 2011

I think people can have different motivations for picking this book up. For me, it has never been my personality to seek power or to dominate others, but what kept me drawn back to this work were all the (reasonably accurate) descriptions of how people think, behave and interact with each other.

This book is (to me) simply a book on social dynamics and some of the forces that motivate people to act (and achieve) in extreme ways. On a day-to-day level, I can't help but think that following these ideas too closely will erode deep joy and satisfaction (and sense of moral goodness), but in a complex, competitive environment - these ideas seem fundamental to success.

This book is intensely long (it's a tome), but it's hard not to get sucked in because there are so many different stories and anecdotes. Again, a book I would definitely encourage others to read.
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