About the book: Drawn from 3,000 years of the history of power, this is the definitive guide to help readers achieve for themselves what Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, Louis XIV and Machiavelli learnt the hard way. The 48 laws are illustrated through the tactics, triumphs and failures of great figures from the past who have wielded or been victimised by power.

About the author: Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction, has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior.  Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

– Never outshine the master. – Don't overtrust your friends. Learn how to use your enemies. – Mask your intentions. – Always say less than necessary. – Protect your reputation at all costs, since your reputation shapes others’ expectations. – Be conspicuous & stand out. Bad publicity is still publicity.

– Get others to do the work and take the credit. Save your time/energy while building your base. – Make people come to you, so you hold all the cards. – Win through actions, not argument. Prove your point without offending people. – Don’t get infected by misery. – Make yourself indispensable, so it’s harder to cut you off. – Disarm people with strategic honesty & generosity–use these as tools to win people over.