The 48 Laws of Power: A Book That Should Be Made Into A Series On Netflix

I’ve written about this book before as it’s a very informative book on machiavellianism and because I absolutely love it! It’s very informative, very interesting and each chapter is like opening up a new book. Robert Greene is a genius, who has a very kind spirit that knows what’s up in life and, of course, is one of my favorite authors.

I posted about this book again because I really think Netflix should make this into a series and also I would like to read opinions from people who’ve read this book.

When you read this book, it can either leave a bad taste in your mouth or it can enlighten you. To me, this book enlightened me real quick because I am open to reading and learning about the nasty truth in life, instead of trying to block it out. It explains both survival tactics and evil intentions based on real life history no one really knows about. But whatever you get out of this book all depends how you read it and your intentions.

I think this book should be made into a separate series in order to entertain and educate people on the many faces of machiavellianism. However, at the same time, I think it may also help create some bad ideas because many people are machiavellians themselves, without even consciously realizing it. I’m actually surprised this book hasn’t been banned and pulled from the shelves!

So if you’ve read this book, what are your favorite laws and why?

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10 thoughts on “The 48 Laws of Power: A Book That Should Be Made Into A Series On Netflix

  • Machiavellianism is generally misunderstood —Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince mainly notes that when having a principality, it is more beneficial to fake appearances of virtue rather than have real virtue because people are deceived by appearances and having the appearance of virtue is useful for keeping the people on your side while retaining the ability to do what’s needed.

    This is in the context of ruling a nation where a prince’s decisions affects the multitude (and himself), so there’s good reason to play service to human tendencies if the prince wants to keep his rule and govern well.

    Application of those laws in our 21st century would be misplaced and out of context for what they are used for.

    Direct quote here from The Prince:

    “Thus, it is not necessary for a prince to have all the above-mentioned qualities in fact, but it is indeed necessary to appear to have them. Nay, I dare say this, that by having them and always observing them, they are harmful; and by appearing to have them, they are useful, as it is to appear merciful, faithful, humane, honest, and religious, and to be so; but to remain with a spirit built so that, if you need not to be those things, you are able and know how to change to the contrary. This has to be understood: that a prince, and especially a new prince, cannot observe all those things for which men are held good, since he is often under a necessity, to maintain his state, of acting against faith, against charity, against humanity, against religion. And so he needs to have a spirit disposed to change as the winds of fortune and variations of things command him, and as I said above, not depart from good, when possible, but know how to enter into evil, when forced by necessity.”

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  • +1 to your idea for Netflix to make a series out of this. I took it exactly as you did. It’s better to operate within the reality of life vs. wishing it was different. This book has been a great resource to understand what the “reality of life” might entail and it’s not always pretty. It is one of my favourite books. I wrote about other books that have had a positive impact on my life here: https://therapywithbooks.clinic . Would love your thoughts.

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