People magazine called Robert Greene and Joost Elffers's The 48 Laws of Power "beguiling" and "fascinating" for their ability to condense three thousand years of history into just a handful of rules. The authors drew from the works of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl von Clausewitz, as well as the experiences of historical figures such as Henry Kissinger and P.T. Barnum.
Many laws advise complete self-preservation (e.g., "Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), while others teach the importance of caution ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), and yet others teach the value of confidence ("Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness"). To be sure, there is one thing that all laws have in common: a desire for complete dominance. The 48 Laws of Power, presented in a striking and eye-catching two-color format, is a must-read for anybody with an interest in winning, protecting yourself, or even just understanding the laws of engagement.