Book Report: 48 Laws of Power

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The Concise 48 Laws of Power
Law 1: Never outshine the master. The first of the 48 ingenious yet complexly simplified example of laws from Roberts Greene’s: The Concise 48 Laws of Power. This book features 48 laws to follow indefinitely in order to reach the absolute state of power in any environment. These laws bend at a person’s will to suit their needs. This book represents that these simplistic easily understood ideas used in everyday situations are the most effective and tactful in an individual’s strive for power.

The 48 laws of power is a book that transcends the past words into everyday life. This book contains 48 ‘laws’ as said, claiming to make a person as famous and as powerful as possible, attainable to the average individual if they are followed. These laws require adjustments to a person’s life, anything as simple as to seem unassuming among those above you, to doing outrageous things to stand out against a crowd. Above all this book teaches to be what you must in front of different people. Disguise your intentions, and learn to adapt to the people around you.

Of all these 48 laws, the most effective always seemed to be the most simple. Law 1: Never Outshine the Master, is by far the simplest and the most easily broken by those who don’t know the consequence. “Always make those above you feel superior. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power”. Written elaborately, it basically means to always make those in charge feel smarter than they are. Shower those with power with praise of brilliance and admiration, so they will never expect you underhandedness or your betrayal.

Law 1 in this book is the foundation of it. This is not a step by step manual to reach power, but merely a series of tips to help toward an ongoing goal. Law 1 is correctly labeled, because it is written for those who currently have a ‘master’, those who are not in a position of power, rather they are close enough to...
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