As a history buff, I just love reading the work of people like Robert Greene.
The themes of his brilliant books are timeless, the depth of his historical analysis is intriguing, and many of his insights are compelling. And best of all, these books aren’t just theoretical flights of fancy–you can glean a lot of practical wisdom that can make a real difference in your life.
Out of each of his books that I’ve read so far (all but The Art of Seduction, which will be next), I’ve enjoyed The 48 Laws of Power most. In this book, Greene explores the fascinating history of power and how it has been successfully gained, used, and defended.
True to his style, Greene doesn’t give a damn about the morality of the issues at hand and simply reports what he finds, leaving you to decide how you use the principles uncovered. As the old cliche goes, the information in this book can be used for good or evil alike.
While many of the principles sound quite ruthless and distasteful (“Crush Your Enemy Totally,” “Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy”), and the book has a noticeable slant toward using these strategies offensively, understanding how they work can help you avoid becoming a victim of those that use them to gain advantage over others (and there are many more of these people out there than you might think).