48 Laws of Power

ISBN-10: 0140280197

ISBN-13: 9780140280197

Edition: 2000

Authors: Robert Greene, Joost Elffers, Robert Greene

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Cunning, instructive, and amoral, this controversial bestseller distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Robert Greene was born on May 14, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Berkeley before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a B.A. in classical studies. Before becoming an author, he worked a variety of jobs including construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer. In 1995, he worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school in Italy, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and wrote a draft, which eventually became his first book, The 48 Laws of Power. His other works include The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery.

Joost Elffers is the producer of Viking Studio's bestselling The Secret Language of Birthdays, The Secret Language of Relationships, and Play with Your Food. He lives in New York City.

Never Outshine the Master
Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies
Conceal Your Intentions
Always Say Less Than Necessary
So Much Depends on Reputation--Guard It with Your Life
Court Attention at All Cost
Get Others to Do the Work for You, but Always Take the Credit
Make Other People Come to You--Use Bait If Necessary
Win Through Your Actions, Never through Argument
Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim
When Asking for Help, Appeal to People's Self-Interest, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude
Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Crush Your Enemy Totally
Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself--Isolation Is Dangerous
Know Who You're Dealing With--Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
Do Not Commit to Anyone
Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker--Seem Dumber than Your Mark
Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
Concentrate Your Forces
Play the Perfect Courtier
Re-Create Yourself
Keep Your Hands Clean
Play on People's Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
Enter Action with Boldness
Plan all the Way to the End
Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal
Play to People's Fantasies
Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew
Be Royal in Your Own Fashion: Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One
Master the Art of Timing
Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them is the Best Revenge
Create Compelling Spectacles
Think as You Like But Behave Like Others
Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish
Despise the Free Lunch
Avoid Stepping Into a Great Man's Shoes
Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter
Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too Much at Once
Never Appear too Perfect
Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed For; in Victory, Learn When to Stop
Assume Formlessness
Selected Bibliography
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