I loved this book. It gives so many takes on great people in history that have mastered "power" and the key traits that both helped them reach thier spot at the top and that also led to their down fall.
no dust jacket but this will not interfere with your enjoyment of this book
The bestselling book for those who want POWER watch POWER, or want to arm themselves against Power. Amoral, cunning, ruthless and instructive, this piercing work distills three thousand years of the history of power into forty-eight will explicated laws. As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Suntzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws require prudence("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master") some stealth("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions") and some the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), but like it or not , all have applications in real- life situations. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded or been victimized by power these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining observing or defending against ulitmate control.