Book Review: The 48 Laws Of Power

I’ve had this book in my possession for a few years now. I had started it plenty of times, but never once read through it. I’ve finally completed this book from start to finish, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This book was given to me as a gift. I always found the topic interesting and the stories were a great way to emphasize each law of power, but I just didn’t have the interest to read as much back then as I do now.

Most of the examples portrayed in the book have to do with ancient times and wars, but I was able to apply each law to key moments of my life as well. This serves as a good learning tool for those who strive to be powerful in any situation. This could be at the office, with your friends, in business…anywhere you want to succeed.

For me, it’s a great book as I already understood that people of all kinds will attempt to stop me or slow me down in my path of success. It doesn’t matter how nice I am, this world is cut throat. Someone will gladly step over me if it helps them reach the top. However, I assume everyone doesn’t view the world the same as I?

The book is approximately 435 pages and is easy to read. It also refers to real-life situations in the lives of characters such as Napoleon and Picasso. The book also provides a lot of useful quotes.

I want to point out my 3 favourite laws out of the 48 outlined in the book. I found those the most interesting and applicable in my life and goals.

Law 10: Infection- Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky. You can die from someone else’s misery.  

That could never be a truer statement. There is nothing more demoralizing than being forced to drown in someone else’s misery.

Law 16: Use absence to increase respect and honour. Too much circulation makes the price go down.

I agree with that statement 100%. I’ve known this since I was a child. This is a big reason why I chose to “hibernate” in the winter. Disappearing for a few months gives a chance for me people to miss me.

Law 24: Play the perfect courtier. The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity.

I liked that chapter as it sounded a lot like me!

I wouldn’t expect everyone to appreciate this book. I would say it is more for those with a leader’s mentality. Those who like to strategies and for those who always dig a little deeper as they are not always trusting what they see on the surface.

One of my colleagues at work once caught me reading this book and asked what it was. I let her get a glimpse of the back cover and she immediately rejected it. Somehow, I already knew that she would. She doesn’t have that leadership mentality.

She’s very trusting of people around her and I have no issue with that. I knew right away that this book would not be for her, or anyone with a similar attitude as hers.

I like the author’s style of writing and have placed an order for his other book, The Art of Seduction. I would assume that it is written in a similar way as it precedes the 48 Laws of Power.

 I will have a review once I’ve read it.

“You’re poor planning should not be my personal emergency.”

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