The 48 Laws of Power: Summary Review

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What is The 48 Laws of Power About?

Drawn from 3,000 years of the history of power, The 48 Laws of Power is a guide to help readers achieve for themselves what many powerful leaders learned the hard way. The 48 laws are illustrated through the tactics, triumphs and failures of great figures from the past who have wielded – or been victimised by power. (Full Summary…)

Who is the Author of The 48 Laws of Power?

Robert Greene is an American author of books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written six international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature.

Favorite Quote: “Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay… What you do not react to cannot drag you down in a futile engagement.” ― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power Quotes

Book Details

  • Print length: 452 pages
  • Audiobook: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Genere: Nonfiction, Psychology, Business, Self Help, Philosophy, Politics, Social Sciences

Book Chapters

Chapter One – Law 1 – Never Outshine the Master
Chapter Two – Law 2 – Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies
Chapter Three – Law 3 – Conceal YOur Intentions
Chapter Four – Law 4 – Always Say Less Than Necessary
Chapter Five – Law 5 – So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard It with Your Life
Chapter Six – Law 6 – Court Attention at All Cost
Chapter Seven – Law 7 – Get Others to Do the Work for You, But Always Take the Credit
Chapter Eight – Law 8 – Make Other People Come To You – Use Bait if Necessary
Chapter Nine – Law 9 – Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument
Chapter Ten – Law 10 – Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
Chapter Eleven – Law 11 – Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
Chapter Twelve – Law 12 – Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim
Chapter Thirteen – Law 13 – When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to Their
Chapter Fourteen – Law 14 – Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Chapter Fifteen – Law 15 – Crush Your Enemy Totally
Chapter Sixteen – Law 16 – Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Chapter Seventeen – Law 17 – Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Chapter Eighteen – Law 18 – Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous
Chapter Nineteen – Law 19 – Know Who You’re Dealing With – DO Not Offend the Wrong Person
Chapter Twenty – Law 20 – DO Not Commit to Anyone
Chapter Twenty-One – Law 21 – Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber Thank Your Mark
Chapter Twenty-Two – Law 22 – Use the Surrender Tactic – Transform Weaknesses Into Power
Chapter Twenty-Three – Law 23 – Concentrate Your Forces
Chapter Twenty-Four – Law 24 – Play the Perfect Courtier
Chapter Twenty-Five – Law 25 – Re-Create Yourself
Chapter Twenty-Six – Law 26 – Keep Your Hands Clean
Chapter Twenty-Seven – Law 27 – Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
Chapter Twenty-Eight – Law 28 – Enter Action with Boldness
Chapter Twenty-Nine – Law 29 – Plan All the Way to the End
Chapter Thirty – Law 30 – Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Chapter Thirty-One – Law 31 – Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal
Chapter Thirty-Two – Law 32 – Play to People’s Fantasies
Chapter Thirty-Three – Law 33 – Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew
Chapter Thirty-Four – Law 34 – Be Royal In Your Own Fashion: Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One
Chapter Thirty-Five – Law 35 – Master the Art of Timing
Chapter Thirty-Six – Law 36 – Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them is the Best Revenge
Chapter Thirty-Seven – Law 37 – Create Compelling Spectacles
Chapter Thirty-Eight – Law 38 – Think as You Like But Behave Like Others
Chapter Thirty-Nine – Law 39 – Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish
Chapter Forty  – Law 40 – Despise the Free Lunch
Chapter Forty-One – Law 41 – Avoid Stepping Into a Great Man’s Shoes
Chapter Forty-Two – Law 42 – Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
Chapter Forty-Three – Law 43 – Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Chapter Forty-Four – Law 44 – Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
Chapter Forty-Five – Law 45 – Preach the Need for Change, But Never Reform Too Much at Once
Chapter Forty-Six – Law 46 – Never Appear Too Perfect
Chapter Forty-Seven – Law 47 – Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed for: In Victory, Learn When to Stop
Chapter Forty-Eight – Law 48 – Assume Formlessness

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Tal Gur is an impact-driven entrepreneur, author, and investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey and most recent book, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has led him to found Elevate Society.