Written by Robert Greene
Written by: Robert Greene
Narrated by: Don Leslie
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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 great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence (”Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”) and the virtue of stealth (”Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions”); 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 listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. “Not a how to guide ..”
After the first few laws I wasn’t sure what I got myself into .. My first thought was “What kind of person would enjoy listening to this garbage”. Then I came back to read the reviews and I found several other people who thought the same thing.
Either way I found myself listening a little bit more. The more I listened the more I found myself enjoying this audiobook.
Why do I say this? Because I don’t see this as a “how to guide”. I see this as two things 1. A history lesson .. If you dont learn from the past you are bound to repeat it.
2. YES some of these laws are sick and manipulative, but welcome to the real world. There are people that think like this.
The 48 Laws of power is a step by step how to guide, you have to listen between the lines and realize that the world is not all puppy dogs and rainbows. This book shows you how the world is and you can learn from the lessons presented.
“Engaging in a Machiavellian Way”
Would you listen to The 48 Laws of Power again? Why?
No. I would just peruse the 48 laws. They are listed and easy to review.
What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
There is a lot to get through if you read this book conventionally. Listening gives you a fighting chance to get through them all.
If you could give The 48 Laws of Power a new subtitle, what would it be?
Sparknotes for Machiavelli
“We All Have A Lot More Power Than We Realize!”
When I first read this book a couple years ago, it was so apropos for were I was in my life as I was going through a career change myself. The book helped me to realize that harboring deep inside of me, was a lot of untapped potential and power that I’ve yet to utilize. Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to implement as many of the 48 Laws of Power into my daily life as I possibly can. If nothing else, this book is a great “get off first base and start rounding the bases” book for anyone who feels that their life could use a little bit of a kickstart.
I thought that the author, Robert Greene, kept the book on track, simple, easy to follow and matter of factual. Anyone who’s willing to implement even 5 or 10 (you’ll quickly find that The Laws naturally flow into each other and build upon each other) of these Laws of Power into their lives, won’t be able to help themselves from making better decisions, and taking more control over their lives. Yet, at the same time, living a very fulfilling existence as we all ought to do.
I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool for your “toolbox kit of life”!
Any additional comments?
The 48 Laws of Power makes quite a lot of sense as told and understood by the author. Greene references 12th – 18th century figures to illustrate his points and he does it well.