In the book that People magazine proclaimed ìbeguilingî and ìfascinating,î Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.
Some laws teach the need for prudence (ìLaw 1: Never Outshine the Masterî), others teach the value of confidence (ìLaw 28: Enter Action with Boldnessî), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (ìLaw 15: Crush Your Enemy Totallyî). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game.