Greene and Elffers wrote a book that should be read with a yellow highlighter (like I did). I do wish more modern examples would have been included in the text, particularly the power game as played by political campaign advisers such as James Carville and Ed Rollins, who has retired from the game. However, the ecclectic mix of examples from the military, politics, diplomacy and con artistry more than make up for this deficiency. The book doesn't have to be read in a linear fashion, or even all at once. For example, if you want a raise, read the chapters on making yourself irreplaceable, taking credit for others' work and showing what you can do for your leader in the future. The authors' use of observances and transgressions of the laws of power will have you thinking back to the times you succeeded or failed in harvesting power. You'll at once be excited and disappointed. Sometimes you'll even slap yourself upside your head as you remember your more stupid mistakes (I still have the marks). "Power" isn't a how-to book in the traditional sense. It will require deep thought, planning and patience to execute these 48 laws successfully, at the proper time. There are no steps to follow, no real guidelines, just anecdotes illustrating how past practicioners of the power game succeeded in their endeavors. There's also interpretations of these anecdotes that bring history back to modern relevance. Whether you have problems at work or in relationships, "Power" will help you realize where you've went wrong and educate you on what steps to take in the future. Remember, power isn't all ugly. To paraphrase the authors, sometimes lying and conniving are the nicest things you can do to a person.