Recommended Books

These are some of the books and resources we endorse.

Decoding The Gurus Review

Decoding The Gurus is one of the best resources to understand the psychology and personality of gurus and of people who seek out fame and/or a following. This also includes some figures in leadership positions.

Leadership BS: Summary & Review

Exposes the limitations (and lies) of naive self-help within the leadership industry. A fundamental read for anyone who aspires to becoming a leader (and aye-opener for many).

The Social Strategist: Summary & Review

Provides an easy-to-digest overview of many of TPM’s most foundational approaches and strategies, including novel examples of how to use and apply certain strategies and techniques

The Gervais Principle: Summary & Review

Revolutionary take on career (and life) success based on power-awareness and dark-triad levels.
Power-aware sociopaths sit at the top. The naive and conscientious mid-manager are workhorses who get the crumbles. (warning: avoid over-cynicism. Good people can win and skills also matter)

Who’s Pulling Your Strings? Summary & Review

Great overview of interpersonal manipulation.
To stop manipulation you need to change and empower yourself.
And overly cynical people need to change mindset or else they CREATE their own win-lose reality.

Power University – Alumni’s Reviews

Power University is this website’s flagship course.
It takes the best insights from research literature and all available resources, transforming them into practical, actionable strategies for social and life success.

The Dictator’s Handbook: Summary & Review

Provides a different and much-needed novel approach to political analysis by focusing on the leader’s self-interest (and skirting fuzzy appeals to higher ideals and national interests).

In Sheep’s Clothing: Summary & Review

Good overview of manipulation and unique in mentioning covert manipulation and power moves.
And a great advice for many: stop making excuses. A nasty manipulator who seeks to take advantage of everyone else is an a**hole to avoid, not to “understand or re-educate”.

The Prince: Summary & Review (Machiavelli)

The first book on realpolitik, Machiavellian strategies, and power dynamics.
This website and our mission are also based on Machiavelli’s perfect quote: good people are ruined among the many who are not good.

The 48 Laws of Power: Summary & Review

Popular book on power dynamics and the “darker side” of human nature.
Greene lists 48 Machiavellian-sounding “laws” with historial anecdotes and superb prose.
WARNING: it’s NOT a guide. Most of these maxims have specific and limited applications and endless exceptions.

Power University is this website’s flagship course.
It takes the best insights from research literature and all available resources, including the ones we recommend here.
Best of all, it transforms all the insights into actionable, “how to” strategies, techniques, and mindsets for social and life success.

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