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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Gift Guide #27 - The 48 Laws of Power

by Douglas E. Welch, myword@welchwrite.com

I recently picked up The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene from the library to re-read it. I must have read something that spurred my interest in the book again, although I don't remember exactly what it was.

Oddly enough, today's Los Angeles Times includes an article on how Hip-Hop artists are using it as a virtual guidebook to navigating the tough music industry.

See Laws for an Outlaw Culture, Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2006

While rappers might be reading this as a guidebook, I have always looked on it more as a self-protection manual.

For me, learning what you opponents might be trying to do to you is far more important than engaging in the behaviors themselves. The fact is, most of the "48 Laws" carry a heavy ethical, social and personal burden. Anyone attempting to live by these laws would soon find their existence a weird half-life where more time was spent attending to the "Laws" than actually living life.

Link: #27 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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#19 Edirol R-09 Portable WAV and MP3 Recorder
#18 Murder on the Rocks
#17 Squeezebox Wireless Network Music Player
#16 Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them
#15 The Craft and Business of Songwriting by John Braheny
#14 Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
#13 iPod with Video (80 GB)
#12 The Blue Rose by Anthony Eglin
#11 The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd on CD
#10 A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Web Young
#9 Apple 1 GB Shuffle Metal (2nd Generation)
#8 The Turk by Tom Standage
#7 Targus PA241U Podium Coolpad
#6 Manhunt: The 12-day chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
#5 Apple iPod Nano
#4 Podcast Solutions
#3 A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
#2 The $64 Tomato by William Alexander
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