The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene: Book Review

Posted by Amber Adams | Aug 22, 2017 | Reviews | 0 |

I haven’t written a negative review yet, I’ve only chosen not to review those books. I like to promote positivity, but today that changes.

Lately, I’ve been feeling that I’ve been losing my power. Other people’s feelings and emotions have been influencing my actions and monopolizing my mental health. An entire day of distress can be brought on by someone else’s problems, or their lack of consideration. I have been desperate to set some boundaries and regain my time management- independently.

So here we are. I’ve got a book that outlines 48 Laws of Power. What could go wrong?

Well, lets start with the fact that it does not align with my goals or my values. I was deceived by the title, and it could literally be named The 48 Laws Of Manipulation.

I thought it would be based on self-power, discipline, and control but the overall feeling is based on gaining leverage on loved ones, manipulation and controlling others (including your friends). I’m not sure how in that applies to my current situation unless I wanted to go all Game Of Thrones on my buddies. It was written in 1998, so there’s no excuse for it being so “archaic.” Does the author Robert Greene have friends? If so, HAVE THEY SEEN THIS!?

Allow me to illustrate.

Each Law is broken down into The Judgement, Transgression, Observance, Keys and Reversal Applications. It’s filled with interpretations, historical references, quotes and folk tales to reinforce each psychotic law that gets laid down. A cold blooded narcissist had the audacity to write this book. I’m not stretching the truth here.

Example.

LAW 2 

NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS, LEARN HOW TO USE ENEMIES.

Robert Greene’s justification is that friends will betray you more quickly because they are easily aroused to envy. But he says that an enemy will be more loyal than a friend because they have more to prove. (????) Then he insists that if you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

This makes no sense to me as your friends create possibilities for you! They can inspire/mentor you with educational, employment, material and love life opportunities!! I have no idea why Robert Greene would say not to trust your friends when they are your best support system.

A few other “Winners” (read: extremely terrible advice) include:

LAW 7

GET OTHERS TO DO THE WORK FOR YOU, BUT ALWAYS TAKE THE CREDIT.

Hahahahaha omg this terrible. #TEAMWORK #INAUTHENTIC #IHATETHISGUY

LAW 14

POSE AS A FRIEND, WORK AS A SPY.

“Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions.” This book was written by a horrible person for horrible people.

LAW 15

CRUSH YOUR ENEMY TOTALLY.

You mean THE ONE YOU WANT TO WORK WITH YOU LATER??? OVER A FRIEND? Seriously, fuck Robert Greene.

And after reading this review, please KEEP IN MIND that before becoming an author, Greene claims that he worked 80 jobs (as a construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer though). So I’m not sure where he gets the gall to write this narcissistic guide to being inauthentic and not having true friends – unless they are your enemy?

What an idiot. Don’t read this book. PLEASE pick up How To Win Friends & Influence People if you’re looking to improve your social life. This book has nothing to do with gaining Power, or setting HEALTHY boundaries with LOVED ONES. It has everything to do with becoming a selfish, horrible person with no love life, colleagues, true allies or friends. Do not take any tips from this book. The best thing this book did for me was make me aware of the polar-opposite social pariahs that can be swimming below the surface of any social setting, and what symptoms/signs to look for. Stay healthy and authentic y’all.

Don’t read this book.


If you or a loved one you know is battling mental health issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.


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