496 pages, 9.2 × 6.5 × 1.3 in
September 1, 2000
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140280197
ISBN - 13: 9780140280197
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Table of ContentsAbout the AuthorsTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationAcknowledgmentsPREFACE LAW 1 - NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTERLAW 2 - NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS, LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIESLAW 3 - CONCEAL YOUR INTENTIONSLAW 4 - ALWAYS SAY LESS THAN NECESSARYLAW 5 - SO MUCH DEPENDS ON REPUTATION—GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFELAW 6 - COURT ATTENTION AT ALL COSTLAW 7 - GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU, BUT ALWAYS TAKE THE CREDITLAW 8 - MAKE OTHER PEOPLE COME TO YOU—USE BAIT IF NECESSARYLAW 9 - WIN THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS, NEVER THROUGH ARGUMENTLAW 10 - INFECTION: AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND UNLUCKYLAW 11 - LEARN TO KEEP PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON YOULAW 12 - USE SELECTIVE HONESTY AND GENEROSITY TO DISARM YOUR VICTIMLAW 13 - WHEN ASKING FOR HELP, APPEAL TO PEOPLE’S SELF-INTEREST, NEVER TO THEIR ...LAW 14 - POSE AS A FRIEND, WORK AS A SPYLAW 15 - CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLYLAW 16 - USE ABSENCE TO INCREASE RESPECT AND HONORLAW 17 - KEEP OTHERS IN SUSPENDED TERROR: CULTIVATE AN AIR OF UNPREDICTABILITYLAW 18 - DO NOT BUILD FORTRESSES TO PROTECT YOURSELF—ISOLATION IS DANGEROUSLAW 19 - KNOW WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH—DO NOT OFFEND THE WRONG PERSONLAW 20 - DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYONELAW 21 - PLAY A SUCKER TO CATCH A SUCKER—SEEM DUMBER THAN YOUR MARKLAW 22 - USE THE SURRENDER TACTIC: TRANSFORM WEAKNESS INTO POWERLAW 23 - CONCENTRATE YOUR FORCESLAW 24 - PLAY THE PERFECT COURTIERLAW 25 - RE-CREATE YOURSELFLAW 26 - KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEANLAW 27 - PLAY ON PEOPLE’S NEED TO BELIEVE TO CREATE A CULTLIKE FOLLOWINGLAW 28 - E
Table of Contents
PrefaceLaw 1: Never outshine the masterAlways make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite—inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemiesBe wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrranical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.Law 3: Conceal your intentionsKeep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelop them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.Law 4: Always say less than necessaryWhen 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.Law 5: So much depends on r
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Before Mastery, came The 48 Laws of Power—the New York Times bestseller that started it all
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. 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.
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THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .
A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), some stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally") but like it or not, all have applications in real-life situations. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded -- or been victimized by -- power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
About the Author
Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.
Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling?. He lives in New York City.
From Our Editors
This fascinating book examines the history of power and the tactics used by those who have held it. Written by authors Robert Greene and Joost Elffers, The 48 Laws of Power reveals the philosophy of power in such prominent and powerful thinkers as Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Queen Elizabeth I, P.T. Barnum and Henry Kissinger, just to name a few. Each of the laws discussed are succinct and profound, and many of them are practical, thus giving them present day importance. The laws are varied, from secretive, “Conceal Your Intentions” to ruthless, “Crush Your Enemy Totally,” yet they all have some element of truth. This bold tome unashamedly details the truth regarding power and its philosophy.
Praise for The 48 Laws of Power:
“It’s the rules for suits . . . Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust.”
—New York magazine
“Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top.”
“An heir to Machiavelli’s Prince . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade mecum.”
“Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It’s The Rules meets In Pursuit of Wow! with a degree in comparative literature.”