The 48 Laws of Power
Understand the hidden logic behind power
The 48 Laws of Power explains that the rise to power depends on a person’s ability to adapt, to change their behaviour, and to control their emotions, in order to become the master of their reactions to events. The author then moves on to our interactions with others, which is the essence of the power, and which can only exist as a result exercising one’s influence over others: one must behave reliably, build an unassailable reputation, keep away from negative people, and form close relationships with competent individuals, whether they be friends or enemies. Any character traits that you don't possess innately can be created and reinvented, and you can pretend to be charismatic and self-confident until, through your actions, you actually prove yourself to be so, exerting your influence over others to ever greater effect.