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“Machiavelli has a new rival. And Sun Tzu had better watch his back. Greene . . . has put together a
checklist of ambitious behavior. Just reading the table of contents is enough to stir a little corner-office lust.”—New
“Beguiling . . . literate . . . fascinating. A wry primer for people who desperately want to be on top.”—People
“An heir to Machiavelli’s Prince . . . gentler souls will find this book frightening, those whose moral compass is
oriented solely to power will have a perfect vade mecum.” —Publishers Weekly
“Satisfyingly dense and . . . literary, with fantastic examples of genius power-game players. It’s The Rules meets In
Pursuit of Wow! with a degree in comparative literature.”—Allure
From the Back Cover
THE BESTSELLING BOOK FOR THOSE WHO WANT POWER, WATCH POWER, OR WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES AGAINST POWER . . .
A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power
into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, 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 require prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), some stealth
("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally") but like it
or not, all have applications in real-life situations. 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 reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
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