When it comes to books about power and strategy, two of the most famous are The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli and The […]
This post levies specific criticisms at Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. Although the book is an entertaining read, it’s riddled with […]
The traditional information deficit hypothesis thought you could change people’s minds by giving them facts. That hypothesis turned out to be wrong.
The 48 Laws of Power is written like a “how to” book, but should not be read as such. If read that way, it’s a terrible book. Not only does it encourage you to be an awful person, it doesn’t give much guidance on how to apply the laws in practice.
A question that The 48 Laws of Power does not address is whether you should even seek power – and what lengths you should go to to seek it. Greene assumes that everyone wants power and that more is better. He’s wrong.