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Written by Robert Greene and designed by Joost Elffers, The 48 Laws of Power is a well researched, instructive, narrative and entertaining account of the 3000 years of the history of power. The central concept of the book is power and the way it has designed the world that we live in today. It offers an extremely precise image resonating what exists in corporate squabbling and in powerful corridors around the globe.
The book employs a synthesis of comprehensive research into the beliefs of such grand thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and Chanakya, along with the legacies of statesmen and leaders throughout the centuries. This book is a commanding study of power and the imperative contribution to modern management. Presented in black and red, in bold and classy text, the laws are illustrated via the strategies, triumphs and failures of figures such as - the prudent Queen Elizabeth I, the statesman Henry Kissinger, the showman P.T. Barnum, along with several other who have wielded or been victimized by power.
There are a total of 48 laws explained in the book including - Never Outshine the Master, Conceal your Intentions, Always Say Less than Necessary, Court Attention at all Cost and Master the Art of Timing, among others. The 48 Laws of Power, is an ideal guide for anyone wanting to seize power, observe power, or wanting to defend themselves from power. Published on 13 June 2002, this is the second revised edition and is available in paperback.