Title: The 48 Laws of Power
Author: Robert Greene
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is a fascinating novel about the usage of power that is used in the real world; either by you or used against you. From the darkest corners of history, and to the most honorable, power and seduction is illustrated throughout this book. To me, by far, the most important rules in this novel are: “never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use friends” and “master the art of timing.”
Moving on, the book implies never putting too much trust into friends, instead use enemies to your advantage. The reason why this is true to me is because in this book, it uses a variety of examples to explain why having a friend around may be much worse than corresponding with an enemy. For example, on page 23, it says, “the more gifts you bless upon a friend the more they believe that they have achieved it on their own. Instead bless gifts upon an enemy, and they will move mountains to show their gratitude.” What this means is that at times an enemy is much more useful in your affairs than a friend may ever be. Secondly, another rule that is highly significant to me that is used in the book is the art of timing. As explained in the novel, the art of timing is so important. For instance, on page 53, it says, “art of timing is so essential to acquiring and maintaining power. A lack of timing shows that you are not in control of yourself.”What this quote means is that whenever you’re in a rush or a frenzy state of to get something done, a lack of control – a lack of control over yourself.
In conclusion, the novel The 48 Laws of Power, is a very interesting and entertaining book. However, I must advise the reader to be aware of how deceptive, and skeptical may seem at times. Despite this, it is still truly knowledgeable. Even though the accumulation o f power may seem like holding a double sided sword, I must say it is far better to be the predator than a victim – your choice.