Robert Greene on The Laws of Human Nature, Mastery, and Strategy
The younger son of Jewish parents, Greene grew up in Los Angeles and attended University of California, Berkeley before finishing his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in classical studies. Before becoming an author, Greene estimates that he worked 80 jobs, including as a construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer. In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school in Italy, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and wrote a treatment which eventually became The 48 Laws of Power. He would note this as the turning point of his life.
The 48 Laws of Power
Main article: The 48 Laws of Power
Greene’s first book, The 48 Laws of Power, first published in 1998, is a practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm themselves against power. The laws are a distillation of 3,000 years in the history of power, drawing on the lives of strategists and historical figures like Niccolò Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Haile Selassie I, Carl von Clausewitz, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, and P.T. Barnum. Each law has its own chapter, complete with a “transgression of the law,” “observance of the law,” and a “reversal.”
The 48 Laws of Power has sold more than 1.2 million copies. It is popular with well-known rappers, entrepreneurs, celebrities, athletes and actors including 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, DJ Premier, Drake, Dov Charney, Brian Grazer, Andrew Bynum, Chris Bosh, Michael Jackson, Courtney Love and Will Smith.
The Art of Seduction
Main article: The Art of Seduction
Greene’s second book, The Art of Seduction, was published in 2001 and is a handbook on the most subtle and effective form of power, seduction. The book profiles the nine types of seducers (e.g. The Rake, The Siren, and The Charmer) and details aspects of attraction, authenticity, storytelling and negotiation. Greene uses examples from historical figures such as Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova, Duke Ellington and John F. Kennedy to support the psychology behind seduction.
The Art of Seduction is mentioned in Neil Strauss’ book The Game as a recommended book in the seduction community. It has sold more than 500,000 copies.
The 33 Strategies of War
Main article: The 33 Strategies of War
The 33 Strategies of War is the third book by Greene and was published in 2007. The book is divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare. The book is a guide to the campaign of everyday life and distills military wisdom from historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Sun Tzu, Alfred Hitchcock, Alexander the Great and Margaret Thatcher.
The Sunday Times called the book “an excellent toolkit for dealing with business and relationships,” and The Independent called Greene “a modern-day Machiavelli.” NBA player Chris Bosh stated that his favorite book is The 33 Strategies of War. It has sold more than 200,000 copies.
The 50th Law
Main article: The 50th Law
The 50th Law is the fourth book by Greene—written collaboratively with rapper 50 Cent—and was published in 2009. The book mixes talk of strategy and fearlessness by supplementing anecdotes from 50 Cent’s rise as both a young urban hustler and as an up-and-coming musician with lessons from various historical figures. Each of the 10 chapters in the book explains a factor of fearlessness and begins by telling how 50 learned this “Fearless Philosophy” in Southside Queens.
The book debuted at #5 on The New York Times Bestseller list and was a USA Today bestseller.
Main article: Mastery (book)
Greene’s fifth book, Mastery, was released on November 13, 2012. Mastery examines the lives of both historical and contemporary figures such as Charles Darwin, Paul Graham, the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Mozart, and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters. The book is divided into six sections, each focusing on essential lessons and strategies on the path to Mastery.
Mastery reached #6 on The New York Times Bestseller list and was featured in CNN Money, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Business Insider, Forbes, Management Today, and Fast Company.
Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law and Mastery.
Robert says that you have to understand human nature in order to get people to follow you. He argues that how you interact with others determines how far you will get in life. Are you enrolling people in your vision? Or are you showing up in a way that doesn’t make people want to say yes to you? Learn how to take responsibility for the energy you put out into the world and harness the power of body language on Episode 713.
Master the Laws of Human Nature with Robert Greene and Lewis Howes
Laws of Human Nature Dissected by Robert Greene
New book laws of human nature dissected by its author Robert Greene. Patrick Bet-David received an advanced copy and devoured the content hence this in-depth breakdown of – understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves.
Robert Greene Interview with Patrick Bet-David (The 48 Laws of Power)
Who is Robert Greene?: Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, Mastery, 33 Strategies of War and The 50th Law.