First, let me explain that I was originally going to be reviewing The Long Tail this week, but I never received the blogger review early copy that was supposed to be here last week. That’s ok, the book comes out tomorrow and I will buy and review it next week.
For this week, I bring a book into the mix that isn’t on the schedule, but that circumstances and a higher power has led me to believe I should read it immediately. That book would be Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power. I’ve always had an interest in his books and that interest resurged this week when he launched his blog Power, Seduction, and War under the Festeringass.com blog network. After reading Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of Tucker Max’s interview with him, I couldn’t wait any longer to read what this man had to say.
A quick summary of 48 Laws from Amazon.com
“Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective,” writes Robert Greene. Mastery of one’s emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book “have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one’s power … while others decrease it and even ruin us.”