This book is seen as a modern take on Machiavellian principles. Robert Greene describes rules that will help maintain a position of power with people loyal to you, whether you are a celebrity, politician, businessman, or want to be the alpha of your friend group this book can applied to all. It uses historical examples from ancient times to the 20th century of when these laws were applied efficiently and when they weren't. This book receives a 4/5 rating from me since it makes learning about the psychology of leader interesting with examples happening to people that we can relate to. I recommend this book to anyone interested in holding a powerful position or wanting to be a leader in your group of friends. I personally love the historical examples in this book since they make it much more entertaining to read.@selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

A manual is a type of instruction that provides directions to a certain goal. Robert Greene brings a completely new take and perhaps shattering definition of a guide. As a New York Times bestseller, The 48 Laws of Power has its name associated with the philosophies of Machiavelli, Napoleon, and Bismarck. Countless amounts of works from thousands of years of historical events have come together to create an interestingly detailed collection of the laws that determine the control over life. This book is particularly famous for its ruthlessness and cunning ideology: it shows readers the necessity of manipulation in order to achieve true power, or the hidden deceit in the quest for control. It contains thorough discussion of every law and category, with a vast array of historical figures to study and recognize. The moral compass of readers is certainly tested, as the philosophies demand the crushing of enemies, taking control of others, and the time to use selective honesty. Although these ideas are questionable in daily lives, it makes for a fascinating read. It is what makes the book notorious. -@Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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