48 Laws of Power Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 6 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 May 2015|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books|
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124 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Ethics & Morality Philosophy
1 in Political History & Theory
1 in Ethics & Morality (Books)
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If you are dealing with very manipulative or difficult people as I am, the book is useful in strategy in how to side step the worst of their behaviour or schemes which target you. It is particularly useful if you operate in some kind of modern “court” or community where your enemy also operates such as a workplace, church or other shared community. Importantly the book allowed me to stop feeling guilty about taking common sense self protective measures.
Also there is useful advice for people meeting others for the first time. Humans really are “foreign countries” as the author puts it and that’s why you should take your time to study them carefully before rushing into a committed relationship which is hard to get out of later on.
While some of the laws appear archaic and not so relevant to modern times, the laws do provide general guidance and interesting ideas with which to play with when navigating the social landscape, as well as protection from those who may attempt to use power for antisocial purposes. In addition, this book may be read as an entertaining account of the use of power by various people throughout history.
The physical copy of the book was very nice.
In saying this, I’ve noticed a HUGE change when applying certain laws into my own life and the way power is all in the mind and can be achieved through simple persistence.
I consult this book when trying to understand personalities at work and business as a whole.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is interested in progressing their career.
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However, this book has helped me in ways that I did not expect. I am more aware of what other people are doing, I am actually more concerned with the welfare of others, and I realised that it is important to at least have power over your own life so I am now a much more in control person who is more disciplined. I am also more excited about life somewhat, knowing that you can have fun improving yourself and your position in life and in the world.
I am not sure that I will follow each and every rule of the book, but it's an interesting read and some of the laws are fairly neutral such as being careful about what you say to people, not always showing all of your cards and never appearing or being smarter than those above you, especially in a professional work situation. Laws such as these are good for self-preservation, if nothing else.
But if you take everything in this book as gospel, then you may lose your humanity (as other reviewers have said) and/or you may realise that the heights of power are not what you wanted after all. Ultimately, take this book with a barrel of salt and maybe go for the more morally neutral laws, lest you be completely corrupted by the dark side of the world.
These rules are the revenge fantasy of a wounded child archetype. They are highly dysfunctional in any healthy community, relationship, friendships of family. If you practice them, you will end up losing the most valuable of friendships and other relationships that would have helped you out the most in life, and keep you in that hell.
If you want to be able to recognize psychopathic indicators in others, read up some books on modern psychology that addresses that directly. It is not very hard to recognize such people.
I heard this is the most popular book ordered in US prisons. That should tell you something.
Here the 48 Laws are thoroughly discussed, with lots of interesting stories making the book a real page turner.
Of course, it is not difficult to find criticisms of each Law; I found and disagreed with some myself. But I think Greene, on the whole, recognises this and even puts in a ‘Reversal’ section for each of the 48 Laws to show that this can be the case. Besides, you don’t have to take each Law seriously. I certainly didn’t. I thought they were just fun to read, though they did make me think about how self-interested the human race actually is.
Even so, I haven’t read a book as good as this since reading Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet some years ago, and I shall certainly be looking out for more works by Robert Greene in the future.
I hope you find my review helpful.