The 48 Laws of Power Audiobook + Digital Book Included!
Product Review (submitted on November 23, 2018):
Unlike many others who dislike the book I don't find the content immoral. It does spell out human nature accurately. However many of the stories are related and interpreted in a retrospective and highly arbitrary way. Did the manipulators and the executors of these tricks and strategies intentionally behave the way they did? Some sure did vast majority probably did not.
Their actions turned out well because of good fortune and retrospective reinterpretation. To deliberate apply these tricks would promise only disaster. Also it is ridiculous for anyone to assimilate these 48 laws- how much conscious effort must you possess? I believe mindfulness of your surroundings and a cultivated sensitivity (ability to read the air) are all you need to achieve success, effortlessly, without you even being aware of it, and often in a much more moral way without hurting as many people. For these reasons this is perhaps one of the most worthless books I have ever read because the idea of learning "social tricks"; promises functionality but is misleading in practice.
We Chinese have a saying, there are countless tricks/techniques to conquer the world, the highest one being a sincere and kind heart. It's too damn easy to be calculating and mean, it's next to impossible to remain sincere and kind. I guess that's where the real magic is.