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The 48 Laws of Power

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This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Penguin (Business) (first published 1988)
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Blake
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i learned to be eviiiilll with this book....haha actually this book made me realize how shady people can be. Plus how smart you and ambitious you should be about succeeding in life. You got to stand out in this world. If you roll with the bunches you'll become lost. You always have to have a good reputation or if you have a certain reputation you better use it to your advantage (damn im evil hahaha). This book will expose and teach you alot about the real world. One of my first books i really re ...more
Shang Shang
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to morality and ethics, people are used to thinking in terms of black and white. Conversely, "The 48 Laws of Power" deals primarily with the gray areas. At the risk of sounding melodramatic and trite, I say that most of the Laws covered in this book can be used for great evil or for great good. It depends on the reader. There is really nothing wrong with most of the Laws.

Each Law comes with true stories from history about those who successfully observed it and those who foolishly o
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Josh Steimle
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I think this is a horrible book. Written well enough, sure, whatever, but just so very, very wrong, unless you have no morals. At least with Machiavelli you could make the excuse that he wasn't so much advocating what he said, but merely describing reality. This guy is advocating evil. As I read it I couldn't help wondering how many politicians actually think this way.

If I ever met someone who actually liked this book and wanted to live their life according to it, I would never hire that person,
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Ahmad Khater
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الحياة تغيرت كتير بعد لما قرأت كتاب ديل كارنيجي" كيف تكسب الاصدقاء و تؤثر فى الناس" ..اه ..
و بداء أعمال الناس المحترمة كمحترم و الناس الغير محترمة ـ كمحترم طبعا !
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و لما الواحد دخل الحياة العملية و شاف الدنيا اكتر و اكتر و اتفتحت عينة على حاجات تانية ( زى الحقد و الغيرة و الحسد و حب الشر للغير ..) و غيرها من الصفات القبيحة .. أكتشفت للاسف انك مش لازم تكون شخص سيء ، بس لازم تعرف الناس دى بتفكر أزاى و ازاى تتعامل معاهم...و متنساش انك و انت بتحارب الوحش أنك تتحول لوحش .

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من القواعد الجميلة هناك و ا
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Katie
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
If the author is evil for writing this...am I evil for enjoying it?
أميــــرة
يُعتبر الكتاب نسخة محدّثة وأكثر عمومية لكتاب الأمير لمؤلفه ميكافيللي؛ فبينما ركّز الأخير على القواعد الواجب اتّباعها لتحقيق الانتصارات السياسية وفرض السطوة، اتكأ روبرت جرين على حوادث تاريخية، سياسية وغير سياسية، لاستنباط قواعد تساعد في فهم طبيعة النفس البشرية بشكل عام، وكيفية تسخيرها للحصول على السطوة بالأخص في العمل.

وجدتُ الكتاب مفيدًا وواقعيًا لأقصى درجة، لكنه ليس لذوي النظرة الوردية للحياة، فغالبًا لن يصدقوا حرفًا مما جاء فيه، وسيتّهمون كاتبه باللئم والخبث. كما لا أنصح أن يقرأه خريجًا جديدًا
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Quincy Miller
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book belongs in the category of sad-but-true. For those who have a moral objection to the amoral approach of the authors presentation, I understand your feelings, but I think you miss the point. No matter how we feel about the dubious power plays that have occurred throughout history and that occur in our contemporary private and public lives, the fact is that they exist. Here are 48 approaches to power that you will either attempt to use or you will experience them being used against you a ...more
No
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, wpww
“Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.”
— Tacitus, C. (A.D. 55-120)

"...a woman who is interested in a man wants to see that other women are interested in him, too. Not only does that give him instant value, it makes it all the more satisfying to snatch him from their clutches." -Robert Greene

"Everything in seduction however, depends on suggestion. You cannot announce your intentions or reveal them directly in words."

"By saying
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Melody
Aug 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
I hated every word of this manual for the soulless. It's a perfect example of exactly what's wrong with Big Pharma, big business, Wall Street, and in short capitalism as it's currently practiced. This book, which is kinda-sorta a synthesis of many previous Me First directives (Machiavelli leaps to mind), is a handbook on how to fuck over everyone you come in contact with, in order for you to get "ahead" and "succeed". It'd be awesome for sociopaths and wanna-be-CEOs. It plunged me into despair. ...more
Babs
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever notice how sometimes the right book comes along at the right time? I bought this book way back in '01, almost as a joke--it was so politically incorrect, but mostly for the stellar historical references-- remember, he who forgets the past is destined to repeat it. Little did I realize this tome was to become one of the most dog-eared and spine-cracked books in my collection. Initially, I was trying to make sense of the havoc that schemers and liars were wreaking upon me. I used to b ...more
Yosep
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
For all the readers and reviewers who don't "get" or like this book, here's what you are not getting: It is fact. This book is not teaching anyone to be amoral. It is teaching you how people really are in the real world. It separates the behaviors and tactics of people in history who have succeeded and failed into the 48 "Laws". It is an explanation of power in the only way it can be expressed.
If you don't want to be a deceitful heartless prick who does whatever he can to whomever all for perso
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Dave Garnand
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I completely misunderstood what I was about to read when I got this book. I foolishly thought it was going to be a strongly researched and thoughtful historical investigation into the nature of power with 48 astute observations similar to Good to Great or other thoughtful research.

This books is probably written for and is appealing to the shallow and overconfident who seek to take more from the world than they give by using the perpetually infantile "well, they're doing it!."

If you are committe
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Mahrous
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
في مسلسل عربي، كان فيه واحد غنى بيدي موظف رشوة فالموظف بيقول له: بتديني رشوة؟ فالغنى بيقول له لأ دي مش رشوة دي عربون محبة .. فالموظف قال اذا كان كده ماشي وأخدها

الكتاب ده الصح انك تسميه رشوة .. لكن مؤلفه مسميه عربون محبة
يعني الكتاب اسمه قواعد القوة .. والمفروض يبقى قواعد الدناءة

هذه النسبية في المسميات .. هي من أشد ما كان ينتقده عبد الوهاب المسيري في الغرب


أعتقد أنه لا توجد قاعدة بهذا الكتاب إلا وكانت هناك آية قرانية أو حديث شريف يأمرنا بعكسها أو على الأقل باجتنابها

اذا أردت أن تصبح شخصا شريرا وقويا
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 Krankenschwester Rahma.
قبل بدأ بالكتابة هذا ليس راي محايد و ليس موضوعي.
انا منحازة جدا للوفاء و الأخلاص و الثقة و الصراحة و لكل القيم الفضلى .
أي نعم انا عنيدة 😄😄 و رغم النصيحة اصررت على القراءة.
لانني مثلي مثل اغلب أشخاص او النساء لا اعرف بضبط.
حين يتملك بنا الافتتان بكاتب او الكتاب او اي الشئ.نرغب في تعرف عليه اكثر.
ذلك م صار معي تعرفت على هذا الكاتب طبعا ليس في صالون او مكتبة😄😄 بل مع كتابه "فن الاغواء "نتيجة مراحعة مستفزة من احد اصدقاء الاعزاء "عبيد"
* لا اعرف لم هذا الكاتب بذات حظي مع كتبه الاستفزاز السلبي او إيجابي .🤔
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S Kasm
Mar 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
There are some engaging principles here that make you consider the principle of power from different vantage points -- This book is for those who already have a strong moral center as you find that the author meanders and introduces you to novel approaches to accquiring power --- often times at the expense of values. In many ways, this book is Machiavellian in scope and re-modifies many of the same principles in The Prince for our more modern age. If you're looking for a short-cut to get to the ...more
Ahmed Hassan
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
قرأت قبل كدا كتاب الأمير (أو جزء كبير منه) لكن من اللحظة اللي قرأت فيها مقدمة الكتاب دا عرفت إنه مختلف تماماً..
أعتقد لو ميكافيللي قرأ الكتاب دا ممكن يقدسه! 48 قانون للقوة بأستخدام أساليب ما بين كذب وغش وخداع ودهاء يتطلب تفكير وتدبير..
أعتقدت إن الشر سهل، الكتاب أقنعني إنه فن!
الحقيقة كتاب مهم، ويخليك تفكر في الأمور بمنظور مختلف تماماً..

كمثال أعتقد إن الكتاب بشكل أو بآخر برغم إنه بيدعو للتعامل مع البشر بشكل لا أخلاقي تحكمه فقط المنفعه -برغم رأي الكاتب اللي ذكره في المقدمة- إلا إنه في نفس الوقت بيدع
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Amir Tesla
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book of wisdom, a compilation of tactics, hordes of to-avoid mistakes, rich set of brilliant tested ideas for thriving.

Although many of the rules might seem devilish, they'd better be considered as lessons to be aware of in perilous social life.

This book is unspeakably well written. Everyone can definitely benefit having it read for its lessons are ones that have been tested and utilized throughout the history by bold figures.

I really enjoyed this book and learned an intense amount of knowl
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Tosh
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is really an unique book that serves both as a manual as well as a reading of the history of power and how it was used through the ages. I imagine most read this book to get insight into business transactions or self-help - but what is fascinating are the examples that are used to show certain aspects of obtaining or getting power. That and Robert's other two books "The Art of Seduction" and the War one are important studies on the nature of those subject matters.

Really unique and interesti
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Greg Seguin
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
The book is little more than a collection of conflicting laws that are supported only by anecdotal evidence. Good for entertainment and historical vignettes but no real substance or takeaways here.
عمران ابن مصر
كيف تسيطر
هذا الكتاب تجمّع لتجارب بشريّة على مدى 3000 آلاف عام، يلخصها روبرت غرين ويأخذ منها الزبدة في 48 قانوناً للقوة، إن طبقت هذه القوانين، فاستعد لتكون من أصحاب السطوة اللامتناهية.

“لا تتفوق على رئيسك … لا تثق كثيراً باصدقائك … لا تعلن عن نواياك … تحدث دوماً بكلمات قليلة … اسحق خصمك تماماً … لا تتعلق بالأشخاص”.

والكثير من القوانين الأخرى المشروحة ضمن قصص تاريخيّة حقيقيّة ستوضح لك المعنى والهدف من كل قانون. لا تفوت فرصة الوصول للسطوة والقوة الموجودة في هذا الكتاب. اترك كل شيء واقرأ سيعجبكم كثير
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Marcus Chatman
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by stating that I was EXTREMELY skeptical about this book, though I had heard so much about it prior to reading it (I don't know, maybe it was the mood I was in). My first thoughts while reading the preface were "Oh god...please don't let this be another book written from the point of view of an arrogant, self centered, self absorbed, narrow minded individual who only sees the world from his end of the spectrum, and believes that without his personal philosophy the rest of us mere m ...more
Justin
Mar 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Aspiring Ruthless Power Mongers/Everyone Else
This is Machiavelli updated for the everyman (and woman). Robert Greene is educated as all get out and he puts it out there for everyone to see. Really, the only way you can make arguments for the positions he takes is by citing historical example, (i.e. the laws of power are immutable and unchanging and here's all my examples throughout history to explicate that). Machiavelli really only relied on his own times (Renaissance Italy which of course was populated with characters like Cesare Borge w ...more
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الحياة مليئة بالاخطار واذا كنت مغفلا ستلتف حولك الذئاب والانعزال ليس حلا لانه يحرمك من الحصول على المعلومات التي تفيدك في حياتك يجب ان تختلط بهم وتمشي وسطهم وتصنع لك اتباعا تجدهم في الاوقات الصعبة. يجب ان تتعلم كيف تغير شكلك من اسد الى نمر الى خنزير الى ضأن الى ثعلب الى شجرة الى ثعلب يرتدي ثوب الضأن...يجب ان تتصرف وتتكلم على غير ما تحب فليس من الحكمة ان تكون صريحا لان الحقيقة كريهة مؤلمة والحياة مليئة بالكآبة ولا احد يحب البؤساء لكن الجميع يحبون من يدخل البهجة على حياتهم من يخاطب عواطفهم وليس عق ...more
Jareed
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog: i'mbookedindefinitely

In the confines of my sociological classes, where my known companions were Locke, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Mills, saying that I loved this book would perhaps even amount to an affront to the value I have assigned to it back then.

When I entered law school and got oriented in the ways of the law, the cunning, ruthless, and decisive ways of the legal world, I appreciated this book.

It was practical and in these present days it simply made sens
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محمود النوري

أتسائل حقا هل يكمن لأحد تحقيق القواعد كلها!؟
هل الحصول على القوة يتطلب شيئا ؟

هناك أشخاص قرأت عنهم لا يقال عنهم إلا ثعالب بحق :-)

استعرض الكاتب علينا 48 قاعدة تستطيع من خلالهم ان تسيطر على الوضع من حولك،،
معظم هذه القواعد فيها خداع ولا تتسم بالشرف وربما يكون واقع ان تعيش هكذا وسط الذهاب ولكن الدين الاسلامي يتعارض مع هذه القواعد الخادعه فأنا غير ملزم لإتباعها :-)
الكتاب مشبع بقصص من 3 آلاف سنة بين الملوك والحاشية من الصين الى اوروبا وصولاً لأمريكا.
قصص لا تخلو من المكر والخديعة والدهاء تعلم منها الك
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Safat
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've seen many people disliking this book because it's evil. What they do not understand that this book is meant to be evil. And in its execution, it was spectacular. This book is a classic.

I think the world is a horrible place because good people don't understand evil scheme, or can't plot evil scheme when its necessary to fight the evil. As evil minds are generally ruthless in executing their schemes, they win most of the time. To fight it, you must play dirty when necessary.

That being said,
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Michael Austin
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Robert Greene has done an excellent job of distilling how power works at the macro level, among great generals, statesmen, larger-than-life seducers, and even top CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. But most of us do not experience power in the way that is presumed by these examples. Most of us experience a much more fluid, shifting, and consensus-based form of power among people whom we must work with over and over again over many years and cannot afford to treat as disposable. This book is of limi ...more
Daniel
Jul 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Imagine if you will, that one awkward asperger-syndrome kid in the college dorm who sits in the game room reading the art of war all the time and generally being an out of touch borderline creep. You know the guy I mean. The dude who has about eight separate motivations for going to lunch with you, and thinks that picking up the tab will put you forever into a wookie life debt for him.

This book was written for people like him. It's like a how-to manual for wannabe sociopaths, and is two parts hi
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carrie beth
Jun 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to carrie beth by: Barter
I couldn't stomach this book so to be fair I only finished about a quarter of it so I can't speak for the whole thing. A friend recommended it to me. It seemed to justify selfishness on these somewhat flawed ethics-based arguments. I think it's a recommended reading for business majors. Some folks love it. A good book to check out on power that takes a somewhat different approach is Thich Naht Hanh's "The Art of Power".
Abderrezak Ali
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من بين الكتب القليلة الجريئة لحد الوقاحة في سرد حكايات أصحاب السطوة ، لا يخضع لشيء إسمه الأخلاق ، و أظن أن هذه القواعد أقسى من قانون الغابة .. أنصح بقراءته كما أنصح بعدم قراءته
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Best-selling author and public speaker, Robert Greene was born in Los Angeles. He attended U.C. California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire; and in Hollywood as a story developer and
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Always Say Less Than Necessary

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”
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