In this book that People magazine found interesting and captivating, Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have taken 3,000 years of power history and turned it into 48 important rules. They did this by looking at the ideas of people like Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz, as well as the lives of people like Henry Kissinger and P.T. Barnum.

Some rules talk about being careful (“Rule 1: Don’t show off more than the person in charge”), others talk about being confident (“Rule 28: Act with courage”), and many suggest protecting yourself at all costs (“Rule 15: Defeat your enemy completely”). But all the rules have one thing in common: they are all about gaining total control. The book, which is designed with bold colors, is perfect if you want to learn how to dominate, defend yourself, or just understand how the game of power works.

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