4.0 out of 5 stars
Engaging, however occasionally contradictory, Jan. 3 2003
This book is highly engaging and has some interesting stories, however many of the laws (as mentioned in another report) are quite contradictory.
This book calls them "laws", laws are unbreakable rules, they are more of general guidelines. The book never tells the fact that people are different and that 1 (or 48) rules cannot be expected to work on all people. One rule mentioned is crush enemies conpletely or they'll seek revenge, not all people are vengeful. Do you ever seek vengence on those who send you spam beyond blocking their email?
On the other hand the book, when the book is not condradicting itself, does give excellant stories of how many of history's most powerful attained their stattus and how many who did not heed to the laws met their dimise.
All in all the book is good and somewhat insightful. If you've read many other books on attaining power you don't need this one, but if this will be your first then it is worth your money.