The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene & Joost Elffers 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.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene & Joost Elffers Book Reviews

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- Would really like to read this again .Talking about a hustler& a go gets it!!!2 star


- Unable to open1 star

Purchased and now pages won’t turn and I’m only able to see the cover

- Narcissistic but a great book5 star

If you don’t give a hoot about anything but your success, this is your book . Robert Greene is your homeboy

- Life changing5 star

This book is touching bases on every aspect of my 33 yrs of living! It’s giving me the answers and point of view I’ve been craving! I’m a mother of six and this book had definitely a game changer

- Powerful5 star

Very powerful book. Grasp the knowledge and apply it to your everyday life and begin to see a change. Take a time to reflect on your past and present events and you can be able to plan for the most successful future.

- Great book.5 star

I loved it.

- Amazing5 star

Read this to learn more about the world around you and how to interact with your fellow humans. Even if you do not always use the laws of power it is important to know them because someone will use them on you.

- Awful.1 star

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.

- Excellent5 star

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 think5 star

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 copy5 star

Get yourself a hard copy. They are trying to water down the information with typos. 👁

- Highly Recommend4 star

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 gift1 star

Can someone please Gift me this book I’m need of self growth!

- Fantastic compilation of information, stories, and fables.5 star

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😳1 star

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

- Life Changing4 star

Just one of those books that once you read it,your outlook on the topic of “power” is never the same.

- All time favorite book5 star

This book has officially become my all-time favorite book. The tactics inside can be implemented in all contexts of life such as social, career, personal etc...

- ????5 star

..... Like law 4 . I don't like to talk much .... But I feel as a sensei I must share this information with you all ..... This book will transform you mentally & spiritually , while causing you to evolve into a complete different being . . Your power will increase ten fold ..... There is allot of other abilities this book grants an individual, but I'm forbidden to speak on ...


A truly great read not for everyone but one of my favorites.

- This book is okay, I guess...3 star

While several of the laws can be used today I suppose, I found many of the laws to metaphorically be outdated. Then at the end of every chapter, which was probably 5-10 more pages than it should be, the author spent two paragraphs to 'debunk' the respective law itself - thus making all chapters contradictory at best. Probably won't be re-reading the entire book, but may come back to a couple of the chapters that seemed relevant.

- Ebook full of errors, unreadable1 star

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.

- this is what’s wrong with society1 star

anyone who buys this book is completely lost

- Amazing5 star

One of the best books ever written.

- 48 laws5 star

Great read for the game of life

- 💯5 star

If used with good intentions this is an amazing book

- Great book!5 star

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve themselves!

- Da best book eva5 star

This book is a must read for everybody in da world. Rich or poor this book will empower you.

- Amazing5 star


- Smh.....5 star

Waaaaaayyyyy too many typos!!!!! I have the print copy, I suggest reading that as this is misleading, too many words are mis-spelled and when you go to define them, NOTHING!!! That does not do the readers justice at all.

- Thank You5 star

Cant put into words how helpful this book was. Excellent read.

- Awesome book!5 star

This book is a little boring but really really good. It has you thinking and reflecting on your position in life at work relationships and how you have handled things in the past. Love it (crazy thing is my brother told me to read this and he's in pension and his gang makes everyone of their "soldiers" read this book" lol. Anyways read this book

- Book doesn't work1 star

Book hasn't loaded for me in 8months. Fully updated iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4, doesn't work anymore on neither. No tech support.

- No good1 star

No good

- Must read!! Classic5 star

Great book most things you already know but it's brilliantly set up. This is a book that can be referenced at any point in life and that I have labelled a classic

- Crashes my Ipad2 star

I love this book and I also have the hard copy however it does not work on my Ipad 2. As soon as I turn the pages it closes.... It used to work on my Ipad 1. I have deled and dowloaded the book several times and still the same thing...

- Great book!3 star

Great find except for tons of typographical errors. Someone should seriously proofread these digital copies and for that price, at least give us the benefit of getting the fixed version.

- The 48 Laws of Power4 star

Very POWERFUL reading with great suggestions regarding how to adroitly move about life and work, especially working the politics of CORPORATE AMERICA. MANY TYPOS IN DIGITAL TRANSLATION. MORE typos than I would expect from an upstanding national publisher.

- Brilliant. Must read. Worth your money.5 star

This is a must read for any man and woman who wants to succeed, or just survive in this complicated world. It is amazing how the author had comprehended the entire human strategy history and gathered these laws. Of course it takes tremendous effort and thinking to actually apply these rules in real world.

- A good book with 1 drawback3 star

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.

- Content good, format bad.1 star

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?

- Powerful weapon for the brain5 star

I also have the hard copy, but caring this with you on your IPhone 4.. Is like desert to the brain.. Knowledge power only if you put to use!!

- I have the print copy. A must read.5 star

This book is definitely a must read. You will learn a lot. Had to get it on my iPad, iPod and iPhone. Reading the first couple laws in this book, you will identify situations and other aspects that you have been subjected to either subliminally or blatantly. Definitely one of the deepest works I have ever read. Changes your whole perspective and the way you dissect things.

- Powerful5 star

This book will change your life! You'll see people and relationships; romantic, business, or otherwise, in an entirely new way.

- A Modern Classic in Business Strategy5 star

By far the single most important business strategy compilation ever published. Move over Sun Tzu, Robert Green has changed the game. Pascal Pakter

- Great5 star

Very good work!!!

- Awesom5 star

Got to read!!!!

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Gata in Montreal - Listening to one of the Laws just helpe-me so much!5 star

I am so happy to have acess to this book. It teaches me how to stand up for myself and come up as a winner. I have allways wanted to understand human nature see beyond apparences from a psychosocial view regarding power, this book does just that it is a must read. Like every Robert Greene book, it has give me solutions and answers to many questions I had. I think better since I began reading his books, life is hopeful I fear nothing! Does anyone of you know if I get the 48 Laws of Power here from Itunes. Will it be in MP3 so I can listen to it anywhere?

kr38tv - A must read5 star

Pay no mind to those who argue that Greens’s book is a how-to for sharks and ruthless people. The core idea behind 48 Laws of Power is that people are motivated for personal gain. Everyone. Some are better practitioners, but even fewer are those who recognize it in the actions of others. This book stands up well to repeated reading. Indispensible when you’re first joining the workforce, you’ll find new insight reding this in your 40s and 50s in understanding how people work and why they do what they do.

Kuki f baby MTL - Woww5 star

Nice book.

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About Robert Greene & Joost Elffers Wiki

Robert Greene (born May 14, 1959) is an American author known for his 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 (with rapper 50 Cent), Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature. Early life The younger son of Jewish parents, Greene grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Berkeley before finishing his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in classical studies. Before becoming an author, Greene estimates that he worked 80 jobs, including as a construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer. In ...

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