The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene & Joost Elffers

The 48 Laws of Power Summary

Written By Robert Greene & Joost Elffers

Readers Score: 4/5
Rated by 898 Readers

The 48 Laws of Power Book Summary


Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control – from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.

In the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” 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 (“Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”), others teach the value of confidence (“Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation (“Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally”). 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.

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The 48 Laws of Power is a Self-Improvement book, written By Robert Greene & Joost Elffers. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 898 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Content good, format bad.

    By The Divine Sage
    There are plenty of reviews explaining how great this book is. My beef is that the conversion to ePub format has not done this work justice. It appears as if the print copy of the book was scanned using poor OCR technology. There are entire paragraphs that are almost complete gibberish because lowercase l's are substituted with 1's or backslashes and other similar typos. This seems especially prevalent during sections that are italicized. The original book would not have been allowed to be released this way so if you're going to charge people for the digital copy some proofreading needs to done. And those of us who have already purchased the iBooks copy should be entitled to a fixed version once it is released, otherwise why would we continue to support you?
  • A good book with 1 drawback

    By jas_99
    This book is good and interesting as described by the others. I have nothing to add to their comments. I have 1 complaint though. The grammar is terrible, the electronic book is rife with typos and formatting problems. It is inexplicable as to how this could be but but it makes certain passages very frustrating to read. I presume the the hardcopy book is not this way but it is noticeable and pervades the entire text.
  • Ebook full of errors, unreadable

    By Rogue_Priest
    This book itself is easily a 5-star read. Unfortunately, the iBooks digital version is a mess. What starts as a few confusing typost quickly gives way to bizarre formatting errors. At one point, sentences from two separate parts of a chapter are mixed up on after another, requiring decoding to read. In another place, half a chapter is simply missing and the next chapter begins as if it were over. (Perhaps the over half of that chapter is floating around somewhere else in the book; I’m not far enough along to know it yet.) Even in areas without these egregious mixups, there are frequent typos that make me think the ebook was scanned from a paper copy. Reviews indicate others have noticed these same errors; save your money and get a hard copy instead.


  • Awful.

    By angelwrestler
    The last thing we need in this world is a manual on being dishonest and selfish. I suggest trying to be a human being instead.
  • Excellent

    By PicklesLocal
    I think you’ll only like or agree with this book if you think a certain way. If you think that certain way, you’ll know it.
  • A book that makes you think

    By AnthonyG88
    There is a lot of valuable information in this book that makes you pause and think a lot. Using multiple examples throughout history keeps it interesting and better illustrates points made.
  • Get yourself a hard copy

    By 4342206
    Get yourself a hard copy. They are trying to water down the information with typos. 👁
  • Highly Recommend

    By Sean0215
    This book is a lot of things. It’s an analysis on power, and an analysis on what Greene believes to be our human nature. It’s rooted very firmly in historical and sociological analysis. Highly recommend
  • Please gift

    By hdkanzv
    Can someone please Gift me this book I’m need of self growth!
  • Five stars ⭐️

    By Saint Gunning
    Exposed weaknesses and strengths, all of which will be noted and improved. Awesome.
  • Fantastic compilation of information, stories, and fables.

    By Kanyon_Man
    You have got to love Mr. Greene’s hard work that shows in his usage of all types of relevant information and the method he uses to deliver it to the reader.
  • Price😳

    By Prana2012
    Why is this digital book the same Price as the paperback?