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The first time I read this book it was called "The Prince",
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: 48 Laws of Power (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The first time I read this book it was indeed called The Prince and it was written by the original strongman of Florenzia: Machiavelli. This book is one of those recycling past political/military strategist books that appears every few years or now ever since Michael Douglas told Charlie Sheen to read The Art of War in Wall Street. In short, you're better reading the original versions of hardball-politic books.
If Machiavelli himself is too rough for your tastes, try out "A child's guide to machiavelli" which, as a satire, is more effective and direct than this book.
At any rate, the authors have successfully waged their own Princely propaganda campaign as we've all seen ads for this book in the NY Times for the last few days!
The only argument against my denigration of this book is the assembly of examples regarding specific businessmen/women & occurrences. Hogwash I say. The reason The Prince stays in the western canon is because man has proved Machiavelli right time after time. Only the most dense reader needs these examples spelled out letter for read letter.
Kudos must be given to Elffers for his interesting design though.