The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene

A moral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distils three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight well-explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in it's content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesising  the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence ("Law 1: Never outshine the master"), some stealth ("Law 3: Conceal your intentions"), and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush your enemy totally"), but like it or not, all have applications in real-life situations. Illustrated through the tactice of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissenger, P T Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded - or been victimised by - power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.