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The 48 Laws of Power

By Joost Elffers,Robert Greene

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| Paperback | 9780140280197

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Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention--grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the l Continue

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to 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 teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), but like it or not, all have applications in real life. 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.

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    關於權術,還是中國人寫得好。

    花了好幾年才勉強讀完的一本書。本書內容其實一流,但英文略嫌艱深和苦悶。尤其許多歴史例子本身也不是西方系的,用英文來說明,理解倍感吃力。我也只是跳頁來看。跟很多書籍一樣,上半部比下半部吸引。去到後面不少地方有重複,這書好像有精華版,可能會簡潔一點。

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    clarice said on Jul 12, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Weird.

    Everyone has their own perspective on things...if you like reading opinionative books, read this.

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    Kendra Dickerson said on May 23, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Faccio fatica a leggerlo per il cinismo espresso da alcune delle leggi esposte. Però è molto interessante, scritto bene, impaginato bene, ottima veste editoriale, inoltre con numerosi riferimenti storici e letterari.

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    Yogasadhaka said on Feb 4, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    Another great Greene book, first in the series of three. Interesting, if nothing else.

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    ifconfig said on Mar 30, 2007 | Add your feedback

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