By: Robert Greene
Penguin Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
Read this book. Read it now. This is one of the books that you read – and wish you had read when you were 18. Robert Green explains, with example after example, how to wield – and how not to wield – power. Obviously, you should not follow every rule. But it is important to be on the lookout for those that do. Avoid reading this book at your own risk.
One of my favorite quotes:
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.