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Tables of Contents for The 48 Laws of Power
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
Preface
xvii
 
Never Outshine the Master
1
7
Never Put Too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies
8
8
Conceal Your Intentions
16
15
Always Say Less Than Necessary
31
6
So Much Depends on Reputation--Guard It with Your Life
37
7
Court Attention At All Cost
44
12
Get Others to Do the Work for You, But Always Take the Credit
56
6
Make Other People Come to You--Use Bait If Necessary
62
7
Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument
69
7
Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
76
6
Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
82
7
Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim
89
6
When Asking for Help, Appeal to People's Self-Interest, Never to Their Mercy or Gratitude
95
6
Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
101
6
Crush Your Enemy Totally
107
8
Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
115
8
Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
123
7
Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself--Isolation Is Dangerous
130
7
Know Who You're Dealing with--Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
137
8
Do Not Commit to Anyone
145
11
Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker--Seem Dumber Than Your Mark
156
7
Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
163
8
Concentrate Your Forces
171
7
Play the Perfect Courtier
178
13
Re-Create Yourself
191
9
Keep Your Hands Clean
200
15
Play on People's Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
215
12
Enter Action with Boldness
227
9
Plan All the Way to the End
236
9
Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
245
9
Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal
254
9
Play to People's Fantasies
263
8
Discover Each Man's Thumbscrew
271
11
Be Royal in Your Own Fashion: Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One
282
9
Master the Art of Timing
291
9
Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them Is the Best Revenge
300
9
Create Compelling Spectacles
309
8
Think as You Like But Behave Like Others
317
8
Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish
325
8
Despise the Free Lunch
333
14
Avoid Stepping into a Great Man's Shoes
347
11
Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter
358
9
Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
367
9
Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
376
16
Preach the Need for Change, But Never Reform Too Much at Once
392
8
Never Appear Too Perfect
400
10
Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed for; in Victory, Learn When to Stop
410
9
Assume Formlessness
419
12
Selected Bibliography
431
2
Index
433