book summary

The 48 Laws of Power

Law 1

Never Outshine The Master.

Law 2

Never Put Too Much Trust In Friends, Learn To Use Enemies.

Law 3

Conceal Your Intentions.

Law 4

Always Say Less Than Necessary.

Law 5

So Much Depends On Reputation—Guard It With Your Life.

Law 6

Court Attention At All Cost.

Law 7

Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit.

Law 8

Make Other People Come To You—Use Bait If Necessary.

Law 9

Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument.

Law 10

Infection — Avoid The Unhappy And Unlucky.

Law 11

Learn To Keep People Dependent On You.

Law 12

Use Selective Honesty And Generosity to Disarm Your Victim.

Law 13

When Asking For Help, Appeal To People’s Self-Interest, Never To Their Mercy or Gratitude.

Law 14

Pose As A Friend, Work As A Spy.

Law 15

Crush Your Enemy Totally.

Law 16

Use Absence to Increase Honor and Respect.

Law 17

Keep Others in Suspended Terror—Cultivate An Air of Unpredictability.

Law 18

Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself—Isolation is Dangerous.

Law 19

Know Who You’re Dealing With — Do Not Offend the Wrong Person.

Law 20

Do Not Commit To Anyone.

Law 21

Play A Sucker to Catch A Sucker — Seem Dumber Than Your Mark

Law 22

Use The Surrender Tactic — Transform Weakness into Power

Law 23

Concentrate Your Forces

Law 24

Play the Perfect Courtier

Law 25

Re-Create Yourself.

Law 26

Keep Your Hands Clean.

Law 27

Play On People’s Need to Believe to Create A Cult-Like Following.

Law 28

Enter Action With Boldness.

Law 29

Plan All The Way To The End.

Law 30

Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless.

Law 31

Control the Options — Get Others To Play With The Cards You Deal.

Law 32

Play to People’s Fantasies.

Law 33

Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew.

Law 34

Be Royal In Your Own Fashion: Act Like A King to Be Treated Like One.

Law 35

Master the Art of Timing.

Law 36

Disdain Things You Cannot Have — Ignoring Them Is The Best Revenge.

Law 37

Create Compelling Spectacles.

Law 38

Think As You Like But Behave Like Others.

Law 39

Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish.

Law 40

Despise the Free Lunch.

Law 41

Avoid Stepping into A Great Man’s Shoes.

Law 42

Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter.

Law 43

Work On the Hearts and Minds of Others.

Law 44

Disarm and Infuriate With the Mirror Effect.

Law 45

Preach the Need for Change, But Never Reform Too Much At Once.

Law 46

Never Appear Too Perfect.

Law 47

Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed For; In Victory, Learn When to Stop.

Law 48

Assume Formlessness.