The book is advertised as “Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power in to forty-eight well explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence…”.
There were a few laws in particular that jumped out from my computer screen:
- Law 3: Conceal your intentions.
- Law 5: So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
- Law 6: Court attention at all costs.
- Law 8: Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
- Law 9: Win through your actions, never through argument.
- Law 11: Learn to keep people dependent on you.
- Law 12: Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
- Law 23: Concentrate your forces.
- Law 25: Re-create yourself.
- Law 27: Play on people’s need to believe to create a cultlike following.
- Law 28: Enter action with boldness.
- Law 31: Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal.
- Law 32: Play to people’s fantasies.
- Law 35: Master the art of timing.
- Law 37: Create compelling spectacles
- Law 39: Stir up waters to catch fish.
- Law 43: Work on the hearts and minds of others.
They reminded me of a woman I once met who had seen her chiropractor once weekly for 12 years to keep her in alignment.