You don't have to have ambitions of being a power monger to get a lot out of this book. This book is not scientifically based and although it is engaging and well narrated, the learning is largely negative and refers to battles that occurred hundreds of years ago. I especially found the 46th and 47th law to be most salient. This is not just a reading list. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
Also, this book always assumes the worst about everyone. He was engaging and clear with a very agreeable voice and cadence. This is a despots guide to power. I have recently bought an e-reader and started reading up on some of the great titles recommended here. I'm not saying you have to be perfect all the time.
Most importantly, this book lacks the nuance to distinguish pure power struggles from mutually beneficial value creation. If you feel the book has added value to your life, then why not support the author and buy a nice paperback to keep on your bookshelf. But the book is useful in pointing out how people acquire and maintain power, and there is a benefit to being aware of how power can work. Rather learn the laws of power to attain mastery over your own spirit, and to defend against those who would prey upon your honesty and integrity. Just pick 3 laws that really hit you hard. So I would not highly recommend this book because there is little emphasis, if any, in character. This is a rare occurrence.
And if you wanna attain power in order to change the world for the better, then you can't act like a saint all the time, right? Sacrifice your friends as scapegoats to save your own skin! A little philosophical, but if you enjoy philosophy you will like that piece of it. Also, improved material conditions are a big factor here, but it's not the only factor. You don't have to be a psychopath to like this. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. But I won't If you struggle to influence people in your life and get your own way.
I believe this is much more of a reference book. Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This book is amoral, hauntingly true and indispensable. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone who aspires to any level of success in any organization or profession. What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.
So far I have gathered a considerable collection and I thought why not share this wisdom with the rest of you. This is not lost on the author. Don't believe power games are all there is to life, unless you are one of those who fill the examples in this book: warlords, con artists and politicians. Humans inherently become amoral when they decide to become effective. It's not your fault if the people around you are judgmental twats or your master is an insecure selfish asshole. Or do we want a scientific community where no one speaks up against whatever unfairness or incorrectness they perceive, where everyone is afraid to step out of line? We apologize for the inconvenience.
It is all it's cracked up to be and more! From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Wonderfully organised and sequenced Any additional comments? An encyclopedia of power that one should keep handy and review every once in a while. If anyone wants to look those guys up, do it, they're practically geniuses. This might be useful in some situations if you're a medieval king at war, but what if you're running for president of your neighborhood association? Because that's exactly the kind of attitude that this book promotes again, at its least harmful. Besides all the rules themselves and the commands to use, manipulate, control, trick and destroy everyone that crosses your path, this book is primarily a collection of historical antidotes. Also, this probably happened a lot more than I noticed, because it's easier to notice the lack of argumentation or the bad argumentation when you don't already agree.
Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head. Should you crush your rivals completely? Still, for all its flaws, this book contains valuable insight into the world of power games, so I do not regret reading it. At the very least, it will keep you from making poor moves that will cause you to fall out of favor with others. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Found it and added it to the list! This is a fool's errand, and ends in your annihilation. I could just as well make up some reason for the opposite view; you should downplay your talent because it's a lot harder to become talented than hard working, so people will be jealous of your talent but not your hard work. And to some extent I can understand this - you do what you have to do, right? Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.