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Author: Dacher Keltner Narrator: Kaleo Griffith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780735208346
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In a revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power, Dr. Dacher Keltner, celebrated University of California Berkeley psychologist, argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world.

It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior?

So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what we all too often forget—and what Dr. Keltner sets straight. This is the crux of the power paradox: by fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place, we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can’t retain power because we’ve never understood it correctly—until now. Power isn’t the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and in itself is a good thing.

In twenty original “Power Principles,” Dr. Keltner lays out exactly how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling and eye-opening from start to finish…This pathbreaking book is full of fascinating and little-known findings, and Dacher Keltner’s many years of creative work on the psychology of status and influence make him uniquely qualified to write it.”

    Robert Wright, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Keltner shares insights into many aspects of power, including…how Lincoln won the presidency…[with] his combination of academic sophistication and clear style.”

    Sheryl WuDunn, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Keltner is the most interesting psychologist in America. He’s busy changing the minds of Americans about how power works, how inequality works.”

    Michael Lewis, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Narrating this enlightening audiobook about the many faces of power, Kaleo Griffith sounds gentle enough to draw listeners into the author’s nuanced thinking and strong enough to convey the power in the audiobook’s message. His understated speaking voice and intelligent phrasing allow listeners to absorb the idea that power is less about forcing our will on people than about earning their participation through empathy, understanding, and selfless giving.”


  • “Keltner, a UC Berkeley psychology professor, takes an innovative look at the idea of power…His paradigm-shifting book challenges readers to find a new level of awareness about themselves and the leaders they choose to follow.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the Author

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, he studies the science of compassion, awe, love, and beauty and how emotions shape our moral intuition. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of the bestselling book Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and of The Compassionate Instinct.

About the Narrator

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.