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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.
About the Author
Robert Greene, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of
War, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature, is an internationally renowned expert on power
strategies. He lives in Los Angeles.
Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are
You Peeling?. He lives in New York City.