The Art of Seduction

The Art of Seduction

Book - 2001
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This exploration of the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power is an analysis of civilization's greatest seducers, from Cleopatra to JFK, as well as the classic literature of seduction from Freud to Kierkegaard and Ovid to Casanova. Robert Greene once again identifies the rules of a timeless, amoral game and explores how to cast a spell, break down resistance, and, ultimately, compel a target to surrender. Presenting the timeless profiles of each type of seducer and the twenty-four maneuvers that will guide you step by step in the game of seduction, this is an indispensable primer of persuasion that reveals the timeless power of this age-old art.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670891924
Characteristics: xxv, 467 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 26, 2018

Mediocre book. I personally am not a fan of the layout. Most every chapter begins with an anecdote about a famous seducer in history, then gives a psychological breakdown of how/what to do, with a few sprinkles of weird astrological sounding crap.

There are also quotes in the margins of every page, which I found annoying as they are completely disconnected from the author's own writing. Lots of strange typography, in what I guess, is an appeal to erotic sensory???

This book has a lot of fluff in it. You can learn some tactics, but I don't know if it's worth scavenging through all of the needless exposition. Seduction is a game and you should play it with the energetic fun it requires, this book is not very fun to read.

What I took away:
1) Choose a willing victim
2) Bring forth a person's unconscious desires
3) Alternate hot & cold (always keep them guessing)

Jul 16, 2016

For the psychopath in every family!

black_dog_4723 Jul 07, 2015

Great read!


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