48 Laws of Power Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 6 minutes|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||01 May 2015|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 76 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Political Science (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Ethics & Morality Philosophy
2 in Political History
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 September 2021
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However, this book has helped me in ways that I did not expect. I am more aware of what other people are doing, I am actually more concerned with the welfare of others, and I realised that it is important to at least have power over your own life so I am now a much more in control person who is more disciplined. I am also more excited about life somewhat, knowing that you can have fun improving yourself and your position in life and in the world.
I am not sure that I will follow each and every rule of the book, but it's an interesting read and some of the laws are fairly neutral such as being careful about what you say to people, not always showing all of your cards and never appearing or being smarter than those above you, especially in a professional work situation. Laws such as these are good for self-preservation, if nothing else.
But if you take everything in this book as gospel, then you may lose your humanity (as other reviewers have said) and/or you may realise that the heights of power are not what you wanted after all. Ultimately, take this book with a barrel of salt and maybe go for the more morally neutral laws, lest you be completely corrupted by the dark side of the world.
Here the 48 Laws are thoroughly discussed, with lots of interesting stories making the book a real page turner.
Of course, it is not difficult to find criticisms of each Law; I found and disagreed with some myself. But I think Greene, on the whole, recognises this and even puts in a ‘Reversal’ section for each of the 48 Laws to show that this can be the case. Besides, you don’t have to take each Law seriously. I certainly didn’t. I thought they were just fun to read, though they did make me think about how self-interested the human race actually is.
Even so, I haven’t read a book as good as this since reading Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh & the Te of Piglet some years ago, and I shall certainly be looking out for more works by Robert Greene in the future.
I hope you find my review helpful.