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This book is amoral, hauntingly true and indispensable. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone who aspires to any level of success in any organization or profession. It should not gather dust but should be read regularly, according to a plan - one law a day, for example, absorbed slowly and contemplated deeply. Author Robert Greene draws on a rich variety of sources including books so threatening that they were banned by the ancient Chinese. He cites the memoirs of Machiavelli, various con men and many others who swept aside what ought to be in order to focus on what is. It might seem that anyone who follows all of these laws in their rich, narrative detail will turn out to be a very unpleasant person. That’s probably not true. getAbstract suspects, in contrast, that the person who masters the laws of power will be extremely pleasant, with winning ways and a knack for likeability, yet awe-inspiring and in control - though not always obviously so. Doesn’t that sound tempting?

About the Author

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines.


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    RAUL AURIS 3 weeks ago
    Wow such a masterpiece
    I have enjoyed readind and listening Mr Greene's Opus Domum.

    Very useful and raw like modern life in Peru.
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    Frederic Martin 2 years ago
    I'm so sad this book gets a 10 recommendation. Applying these laws would not make me a more enlightened person (in fact I would not be able to look myself in the mirror) and the world a more friendly place to live.
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    Mona Mandour 7 years ago
    The summary is good, but why are the laws paraphrased? For example law #1 is Never outshine the master is in the abstract Never eclipse your superiors. It would have been more impactful if the law itself was maintained.
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      Erica Rauzin 7 years ago
      We always acquire summarizing rights from the publishers whose books we cover. To honor their copyrights, we paraphrase the books and quote them in only a limited way and in the Key Quotes. We do our best to capture the literary tone of the books' authors, but their words belong to them. We respect their writing and their copyrights as we work to give you the meaning and flavor of the books. Thanks very much for your comment. Erica Rauzin, managing editor, getAbstract
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      Mona Mandour 7 years ago
      Thank you for explaining. I was under the impression that the authors themselves are the ones who writes the abstract and hence can use their own words as per the actual book. Overall, I am a getabstract addict especially that I can read them on iBooks on my iPad. Thanks again for an excellent service.
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      Erica Rauzin 7 years ago
      You're entirely welcome, Mona. We appreciate your feedback very much. It is really nice to have our work appreciated by book lovers.

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