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The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene & Joost Elffers

The 48 Laws of Power

By Robert Greene & Joost Elffers

  • Release Date: 1998-09-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4
From 1,933 Ratings


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.


  • Very good

    By Edwin.b
    Very good you can tell Robert has done his research and his experience in life in this book 💯
  • Great Book

    By LINKTP17
    I helped me become more successful in life
  • Interesting read

    The book offers a perspective of power from those who take advantage or control you. It helps you identify these strategies when being played onto you. I highly recommend this book as a weapon of defense against those who may try to take advantage of you.
  • Must read!!

    By Berns995
    Amazing book gets lessons , will read again
  • Awesomeness

    By 83will
    Not bad
  • Great book

    By oddkenzo
    Teaches me a lot of psychology and roles people play in life. Great book👍🏽
  • Mindset ToolSet

    By jamezy14
    Great toolset for the mind, be ready to learn new perspectives and put them into practice, a must read for everybody.
  • (Listen) read the laws

    By samgawdess
    So far I’m comprehending the laws as pertains to everyday life, the backstory of each law seems to be straightforward until you really go through the full chapters. It’s almost as if human nature itself is defined by these laws, and in fact it is true. So far a great read, once I’ve completed the whole book I’ll try to remember to come back and update this review.
  • Eye opening.

    By borntonara
    If you work on a toxic environment. And can’t afford to quit. Do yourself a favor and read this god damned book.
  • Intriguing

    By Mobell2003
    Very valuable information and lessons to learn in this book. I will say though it does get repetitive at times. Some rules although all valuable in different senses seemed stretched or repetitive. I personally would recommend it to anyone who wants to be more strategic in life