Frank Underwood and the 48 Laws of Power

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I don't usually listen to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, but one of his recent episodes caught my eye -- or, more accurately, my ear. In episode #464, one of Joe's guests is Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and several other books.

The 48 Laws of Power
By Robert Greene

Listening to this interview has inspired me to read The 48 Laws of Power again. But now that I've watched the show House of Cards, I keep thinking that reading this book must put you as close as you can get to being inside the mind of Frank Underwood. Actor Kevin Spacey portrays Underwood as a devious student of power who wields his influence with terrifying precision to manipulate his environment and control the people around him to get what he wants. Robert Greene's book has always made me feel a little bit uncomfortable -- it makes you question the motives of everyone and everything around you, which is probably a good thing -- but seeing its principles come alive in the show makes it seem even more real and accurate.

I challenge you to read the book and watch the show, not necessarily in that order. It might change the way you see the world, for better and for worse.

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