The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene, is a book I hesitate to add to the Required Reading list. But, I’ve succumbed to the idea that you must, at the very least, know what your enemy is studying (as copies of this book are being found in cell blocks with alarming frequency).
The 48 Laws of Power and the content therein, in the wrong hands, could cause a fair deal of pain and suffering for others. In the right hands, this book is a primer on how to understand, identify, and effectively deal with manipulation and deceit.
The book takes the reader on a journey through history, illustrating the hard lessons learned by those that have come before us. These laws have stood the test of time and are often linked to unchanging elements of human nature – greed, pride, a quest for power, love, raw ambition, and so on.
If you read this book, do so with the intent of understanding your enemy and avoiding those that would use these laws to hurt you.