The 48 laws of power.

The 48 laws of power is a best selling book of America. The 48 laws of power book come in the genre of Self-Help, Social Philosophy, Politics, Business, History and Theory. It was published in the year 1998. This book was written by the famous writers Robert Greene and Joost Elffers.

The book was inspired by the writings of two known writers “Baltasar Gracian” and “Niccolo Machiavelliit”. It was released as an audio book by “High Bridge Audio”, in the year 2007. The hard copy of the book is in the bind of 452 pages. This book is based on the laws of the past three thousands years of Asian, African, American and European histories.

The book gives forty-eight laws with detail implementation description. It is a combined research on various well-known personalities and kings of past including “Louis XIV”, “Talleyrand”, “Otto von Bismarck”, “Catherine the Great”, “Brutus”, “Metternich”, “Mao Zedong” and “Haile Selassie”.

The first four laws of this book are “Never outshine the master”, “Never put too much trust in friends and learn how to use enemies”, “Conceal your intentions” and “Always say less than necessary”.

Joost Elffers is a famous American publisher. He starts his carrier as a writer in the year 1970. He has written many books including “The Secret Language of Relationships”, “Play with Your Food”, “Oragami”, “Cat's Cradle”, “The 48 Laws of Power” and “The Concise 48 Laws of Power”. The Concise 48 Laws of Power is the second and the newest edition of the forty-eight laws.

Robert Greene was born in a Jewish family, on 14 of May in the year 1959. He was born in the Los Angeles City of California State of America. He completed his education from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He did major in the classical studies.

Robert Greene has given many art pieces like “The 33 Strategies of War”, “The Art of Seduction” and “The 50th Law with 50 Cent”. His writings are adoring inputs for the development of human character and success.

The laws of this book are as follows:

Law 1 Never Outshine the Master
Law 2 Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Law 3 Conceal your Intentions
Law 4 Always Say Less than Necessary
Law 5 So Much Depends on Reputation. Guard it with your Life
Law 6 Court Attention at all Cost
Law 7 Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Law 8 Make other People come to you, use Bait if Necessary
Law 9 Win through your Actions, Never through Argument
Law 10 Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
Law 11 Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
Law 12 Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
Law 13 When Asking for Help, Appeal to People's Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude
Law 14 Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Law 15 Crush your Enemy Totally
Law 16 Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Law 17 Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Law 18 Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself. Isolation is Dangerous
Law 19 Know Who You're Dealing with. Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
Law 20 Do Not Commit to Anyone
Law 21 Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker. Seem Dumber than your Mark
Law 22 Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
Law 23 Concentrate Your Forces
Law 24 Play the Perfect Courtier
Law 25 Re-Create Yourself
Law 26 Keep Your Hands Clean
Law 27 Play on People's Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
Law 28 Enter Action with Boldness
Law 29 Plan All the Way to the End
Law 30 Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Law 31 Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
Law 32 Play to People's Fantasies
Law 33 Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew
Law 34 Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
Law 35 Master the Art of Timing
Law 36 Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge
Law 37 Create Compelling Spectacles
Law 38 Think as you like but Behave like others
Law 39 Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
Law 40 Despise the Free Lunch
Law 41 Avoid Stepping into a Great Man's Shoes
Law 42 Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
Law 43 Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Law 44 Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
Law 45 Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once
Law 46 Never appear Perfect
Law 47 Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop
Law 48 Assume Formlessness

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