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The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene Review

Title: The Laws of Human Nature

Author: Robert Greene

First published October 23, 2018

624 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.37


The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene is the ultimate guide to understanding the behavior of the people around you. Greene, the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, distills ancient wisdom and philosophy into this essential text for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery.

This book delves into the most important subject of all – understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Our lives depend on our relationships with people, and knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess.

Drawing from the ideas and examples of historical figures such as Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, and Martin Luther King Jr., Greene teaches readers how to detach themselves from their own emotions and master self-control, how to develop empathy that leads to insight, how to look beyond people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

About the Author

Robert Greene, a successful author and public speaker, was born and raised in Los Angeles. After attending U.C. California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he earned a degree in classical studies, he worked as an editor and writer in New York for various magazines, including Esquire, and as a story developer and writer in Hollywood.

Robert is a well-traveled individual and has resided in London, Paris, and Barcelona. He is multilingual and has worked as a translator.

In 1995, he played a role in the establishment of the art school Fabrica, located outside of Venice, Italy, where he met Joost Elffers, a New York book packager. Together, they discussed Robert’s idea for a book on power and manipulation, which would be an updated version of Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Robert and Joost became business partners, and in 1998, they published The 48 Laws of Power. The book was a major success, becoming a national and international bestseller and being translated into 17 languages.

In 2001, Robert wrote his second book, The Art of Seduction, which not only served as a sequel to The 48 Laws but also provided a guide on how to wield the ultimate form of power and an in-depth analysis of the greatest seducers throughout history.

The third book in this series, The 33 Strategies of War, became available in January 2006. It offers readers a strategic look at the movements of war and how they can be applied to everyday life.

These books have gained a strong following within the business world and Washington, DC, but have also been praised by war historians and some of the biggest names in the rap industry, including Jay-Z and 50 Cent.

The popularity and loyal fan base of these books are a testament to the profound and timeless lessons from historical leaders that still hold true in today’s culture. Robert currently resides in Los Angeles.

Editoral Review

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene is a captivating read that delves into the depths of human psychology, drawing on both historical and contemporary examples to explore the intricacies of the human experience. Greene’s extensive research and keen insights into the human psyche make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding themselves and others.

The book is divided into six sections, each of which explores a different aspect of human behavior and offers practical strategies for navigating interpersonal relationships. Greene draws on examples from history, literature, and mythology to illustrate complex psychological concepts, making them both relatable and accessible.

One of the strengths of the book is Greene’s ability to weave together seemingly unrelated ideas and events to create a cohesive narrative. Through his expert storytelling, he is able to transport readers to different time periods and places, showing how human nature has remained relatively constant throughout history.

Another strength of the book is the practical advice it offers for improving one’s own behavior and relationships. Greene provides numerous anecdotes and case studies that illustrate the benefits of adopting a more empathetic and compassionate approach to dealing with others.

While the book is undoubtedly well-crafted and thought-provoking, it can at times feel a bit dense and heavy-handed. Some readers may find themselves getting bogged down in the details or feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information presented.

Overall, however, The Laws of Human Nature is an impressive achievement that offers valuable insights into the complexities of human behavior. It is a book that will surely appeal to anyone interested in psychology, self-improvement, or simply gaining a deeper understanding of the human condition.

For these reasons, I would highly recommend The Laws of Human Nature to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of psychology and human behavior. While it may not be a light or easy read, it is a book that offers significant rewards for those willing to invest the time and effort required to fully engage with its ideas.