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The season's most talked-about all-purpose personal strategy guide and philosophical compendium," said Newsweek of Robert Greene's bold, elegant, and ingenious manual of modern manipulation, The 48 Laws of Power. Now Greene has once again mined history and literature to distill the essence of seduction, the most highly refined mode of influence, the ultimate power trip. The season's most talked-about all-purpose personal strategy guide and philosophical compendium," said Newsweek of Robert Greene's bold, elegant, and ingenious manual of modern manipulation, The 48 Laws of Power. Now Greene has once again mined history and literature to distill the essence of seduction, the most highly refined mode of influence, the ultimate power trip. The Art of Seduction is a masterful synthesis of the work of thinkers such as Freud, Ovid, Kierkegaard, and Einstein, as well as the achievements of the greatest seducers throughout history. From Cleopatra to John F. Kennedy, from Andy Warhol to Josephine Bonaparte, The Art of Seduction gets to the heart of the character of the seducer and his or her tactics, triumphs and failures. The seducer's many faces include: the Siren, the Rake, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Coquette, the Charmer, and the Charismatic. Twenty-four maneuvers will guide readers through the seduction process, providing cunning, amoral instructions for and analysis of this fascinating, all-pervasive form of power. Just as beautifully packaged and every bit as essential as The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer of persuasion and offers the best lessons on how to take what you want from whomever you want or how to prevent yourself from being taken.


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The season's most talked-about all-purpose personal strategy guide and philosophical compendium," said Newsweek of Robert Greene's bold, elegant, and ingenious manual of modern manipulation, The 48 Laws of Power. Now Greene has once again mined history and literature to distill the essence of seduction, the most highly refined mode of influence, the ultimate power trip. The season's most talked-about all-purpose personal strategy guide and philosophical compendium," said Newsweek of Robert Greene's bold, elegant, and ingenious manual of modern manipulation, The 48 Laws of Power. Now Greene has once again mined history and literature to distill the essence of seduction, the most highly refined mode of influence, the ultimate power trip. The Art of Seduction is a masterful synthesis of the work of thinkers such as Freud, Ovid, Kierkegaard, and Einstein, as well as the achievements of the greatest seducers throughout history. From Cleopatra to John F. Kennedy, from Andy Warhol to Josephine Bonaparte, The Art of Seduction gets to the heart of the character of the seducer and his or her tactics, triumphs and failures. The seducer's many faces include: the Siren, the Rake, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Coquette, the Charmer, and the Charismatic. Twenty-four maneuvers will guide readers through the seduction process, providing cunning, amoral instructions for and analysis of this fascinating, all-pervasive form of power. Just as beautifully packaged and every bit as essential as The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer of persuasion and offers the best lessons on how to take what you want from whomever you want or how to prevent yourself from being taken.

30 review for The Art of Seduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I can't find the perfect word to convey how awful this book is. It espouses a completely manipulative style of dealing with other people in which they are all prey to be hunted. It's noxious. I also believe that I know one of the master seducers who is referred to in the book under a pseudonym, which was terrifying in its own right. It's not about how to do what I would call "seduction." It's about how to control, direct, engineer, exploit, manipulate, machinate, maneuver, steer and hunt others. I can't find the perfect word to convey how awful this book is. It espouses a completely manipulative style of dealing with other people in which they are all prey to be hunted. It's noxious. I also believe that I know one of the master seducers who is referred to in the book under a pseudonym, which was terrifying in its own right. It's not about how to do what I would call "seduction." It's about how to control, direct, engineer, exploit, manipulate, machinate, maneuver, steer and hunt others. If that's what you want to know, read it, I'm sure it's great. But since those are not my goals, I was supremely disappointed in it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tim Pendry

    Almost hypnotically repetitively at times, this might be the book that Machiavelli could have written about love if he had been a jaded modern. Unfortunately for those determined to be 'nice' in the world, there is scarcely a line in this book that does not ring true. For better or worse (depending on your stance), Greene is persuasive that seduction is a game between equal partners where the 'victim' is willing enough for what they will get out of the process. It is about the flow of power Almost hypnotically repetitively at times, this might be the book that Machiavelli could have written about love if he had been a jaded modern. Unfortunately for those determined to be 'nice' in the world, there is scarcely a line in this book that does not ring true. For better or worse (depending on your stance), Greene is persuasive that seduction is a game between equal partners where the 'victim' is willing enough for what they will get out of the process. It is about the flow of power between sexually alive people and no means to be compared with the 'game' genre of Neil Strauss and others. Far more sophisticated than Strauss' manuals for adolescent losers and the sexually autistic, Greene is not interested in seduction as a mechanical application of rules for sex. He writes of art, not science. What he is showing us is something closer to a dance or a ritual (think of the tango perhaps) which obeys rules derived from a deeper level of shared or unconscious desires and fears and where, while the sexual element is central, it is the process that matters. The book is also pleasurable for entirely different reasons. Greene is master of the historical anecdote. Every chapter has well chosen illustrative examples from literature and history. Although he does not preclude rational love between consenting adults by any means, there is enough evidence here of eternal truths about sexual relations which apply to male and female alike (albeit with different ‘modes’) and in homosexual liaisons as well. We are talking here about a flow of power and desire between equals. There is no game if the other is not a free and equal participant. It is chess played by bodies in time and space. One’s reaction to this book will come down to aesthetics and to anxiety. It is a very unromantic book by conventional and Anglo-Saxon standards but it is not reductionist about sex. The person who will be entranced by this book will be the natural seducer, one who takes simple pleasure in pleasure and treats life like a game. I was not entranced, just interested and appreciative. Many of the tales derive from high-ranking courtly cultures where seduction and romance were bound by rules of conduct that were strict enough to suggest appropriate behavior but not so strict as to introduce bourgeois guilt or shame into the game of sexual conquest. Indeed, there is no room at all for shame or guilt, only for winning and losing … or perhaps for playing elegantly and still losing, more than winning too easily or in an ignoble way. The attitude to sex is also counter-intuitive to Anglo-Saxon moderns. It is presented as a prize and not as some 'sacred' thing alienated from the bodies that couple. It is a fact on the ground. A pleasure. Greene occasionally applies his analysis of technique to politics and there are many ‘democratic’ era cases of seductive power – Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Duke Ellington are all cited at length. If the cynicism of his political analysis reminds us that people are stupid rather than eliciting admiration for the political seducers, when it comes to sex, there is no question of stupidity. In every tale of sexual seduction, we are not dealing with coercion but with something like a willing suspension of disbelief where the seduced often gets precisely what they want, whatever the rest of us may think. He refers to the festival and to the theatre often, but also to seduction as the means by which our 'dark side', which is important to us to recognise in order to be whole persons, is allowed full play. I would add that the transgressive aspects of seduction can allow individuation to both parties – it would often seem that seducers get trapped in the game, while the seduced move on into something different. Greene more than once tells stories that suggest that a seduction becomes an integral memory that moulds the future mind for the better, removing someone from past habits that do not reflect who they are. Naturally ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ pops up as a case study in more than one chapter (designed to be a sequence that draws you into the seduction process). The Presidente de Tourvel is presented as being liberated from her boredom and obligations by the cynical seduction by Valmont. There is truth in this. Greene is far too simplistic here about politics (one wishes he would just say ‘people are stupid’ and have done with it) but he is far from simplistic on sexual psychology. He offers a sound corrective to moralists who, like repressed ideologues in politics, seem to leave more pain and suffering in their wake than do cynics and a-moralists. Strangely and counter-intuitively, while some seducers come across as the worst sort of bully (D H Lawrence was an utter monster), others come across in quite a different way - providing a sort of liberatory service that costs them far more than it costs their alleged ‘victims’. In short, seduction emerges to be morally far more interesting than we thought. Quite often we see the ostensible predator out-classed by a skilful 'victim' so that roles are reversed ... If morality is good order as dictated by some Iron Age text, then seduction is to be consigned to the pits of hell. But if it is the hand-maiden or servant of creative individuation, then it is conventional morality that might stand in the dock. Of course, nothing is so simple. Just as religion brings solace as well as repression, so some seducers are simply cynical and cruel while others are exciting and challenging. This book is recommended not as a ‘how to’ (since, for most people, it is would be like reading a book on how to win an Olympic Medal), but as an insight into what we are as human beings. If we all had developed the art of seduction and of being seduced to meet our own dark desires, then perhaps there might be a lot less boredom and neurosis in the world. If we knew how to play our own part in the game with others who knew how to play theirs (if, in fact, the aristocratic court of Japan or Louis XVI became democratised with leisure and an instinct for pleasure for all) might not life be not only more interesting but less deadly dull? But anyone who thinks that human beings are basically ‘good’, that ‘caring’ cannot become unutterably boring and intrusive or who thinks that most relationships can last forever without some transgression and hysteria will hate this book. It is only for grown-ups.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laryssa Wirstiuk

    Since I started reading The Art of Seduction, I've recommended it to just about EVERYONE because everyone seriously needs to read this book. It gave me so much insight into people's desires and the reasons why we're attracted to others. I feel like my mind has completely opened up. As a writer and reader, I feel like I have better insight into character relationships, and I want to explore these new things I've learned in my fiction. Now I watch almost every movie that involves a love interest Since I started reading The Art of Seduction, I've recommended it to just about EVERYONE because everyone seriously needs to read this book. It gave me so much insight into people's desires and the reasons why we're attracted to others. I feel like my mind has completely opened up. As a writer and reader, I feel like I have better insight into character relationships, and I want to explore these new things I've learned in my fiction. Now I watch almost every movie that involves a love interest through the lens of what Greene has taught me. Even better, what I learned from Greene isn't only applicable in romantic situations, but in professional situations as well. It may sound manipulative, but it's really not: "Seduction is the ultimate form of power. Those who give into it do so willingly and happily. There is rarely any resentment on their part; they forgive you any kind of manipulation because you have brought them pleasure, a rare commodity in the world." If nothing else, read this book for the diverse historical and literary references - I added so many items to my "to read" and "to watch" lists simply because my interest was piqued in stories I hadn't encountered before. Greene is a wealth of fascinating information!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stefania

    I thought it was going to be another annoying "to get him to do this flick your hair." Love this book, it is filled with little inside novela type of things, historical facts, and it has just some of the most interesting people in history. I love history so this book really did it for me. I could read it over and over not even for the seductive element but just because it is so good (in my opinion). The little side note quote and stories are a must read, don't skip over them, too wonderful you'd I thought it was going to be another annoying "to get him to do this flick your hair." Love this book, it is filled with little inside novela type of things, historical facts, and it has just some of the most interesting people in history. I love history so this book really did it for me. I could read it over and over not even for the seductive element but just because it is so good (in my opinion). The little side note quote and stories are a must read, don't skip over them, too wonderful you'd miss a whole level to the book. Best book I've read in a very long time. As for the seductive element of it, it achieves its job. You find yourself reading and relating so much I can't count the amount of times I've said "I do that" or "He did that." I recommend the book it also has a lot of books as sources that have raised my curiosity and I shall be checking out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Forewarning: Due to it's misleading nature and implications one could be lead to believe that the sections in this book may be used to seduce another. In modern society the need to seduce another would have unhealthy implications and in my opinion comes from a waek/try-hard mindset. It's like saying 'who I am isn't good enough so I'll put on a fallacious act and be that cool/attractive person.' Sure it might seem like a good idea but ultimately doing such a thing would cause you to lose connection Forewarning: Due to it's misleading nature and implications one could be lead to believe that the sections in this book may be used to seduce another. In modern society the need to seduce another would have unhealthy implications and in my opinion comes from a waek/try-hard mindset. It's like saying 'who I am isn't good enough so I'll put on a fallacious act and be that cool/attractive person.' Sure it might seem like a good idea but ultimately doing such a thing would cause you to lose connection with your own identity, values and tastes and reduce your ability to build rapport with others (If you're not really being who you are then how can you expect people to build a sense of rapport and comfort around someone who isn't being themselves. It's dishonest.) Now on to the actual review: The book is very entertaining and left me wanting/anticipating more. It contains information that is helpful to our own lives - specifically a section entitled "The Anti-Seducer" which shines light on some of our own unattractive characteristics that we should learn to weed out. However the book ultimately leaves the reader feeling seduced as if they (with the knowledge) could pull off some of the said seductions which is just wrong. This book is not set as an 'How to' guide but as an entertaining and historical account of the use of seduction throughout history. It contains stories about the lives of Casanova, Cleopatra and other Seducers and interesting anecdotes on historical figures. The book is defiantly worth a read but due to it's misleading (Possibly seductive nature) of encouraging it's readers to seduce, lost a point. Worth picking up. A+ Edit: On Oct 31, 2018 during an interview with Lewis Howes. Robert Greene tells the story of how he had to re-write "The 50th Law" because he wasn't being honest with himself (rather writing it to please Curtis Jackson). In the same way, I've noticed through experience. That if people behave in a way that goes against their nature, there are subtle kinks in their body language which give them away. Robert talks about this in his new book The Laws Of Human Nature and I feel like this book is a combination of both research and experience and, a more wise and well rounded yet accurate view of human nature (and therefore seduction) but this book is still incredibly entertaining and well presented.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thekeyofdana

    This is not your Karrine Steffans vixen manual..This is your comprehensive manual of how to seduce not only men but an entire empire. With this manual I have received a proposal, gained a stalker and experienced a riven heart. It was great! lol

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zara

    Really? I mean some good work went into this in terms of historical research I guess...But it so was not for me. It just seemed so silly. Nothing deep or meaningful. It was a tad...silly. And a bit painful to read. I did not agree with most of the points made or categories drawn. Human beings are way more complex than this. No. I would not recommend it. For anyone. I am actually afraid of what damage it could do to a lost mind or in twisted hands.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taka

    GOOD! GET THE BOOK-- Like Tim Ferriss's The 4-Hour Workweek, this book is packed full of useful information that you would want to come back to again and again, which is something difficult to do with audio format. It pretty much lays it out for you. Equal parts philosophical and psychological, it outlines each step of the seduction process. Some people condemn the techniques and strategies propounded here to be "amoral" and Machiavellian, but the truth of the matter is: they work. And they have GOOD! GET THE BOOK-- Like Tim Ferriss's The 4-Hour Workweek, this book is packed full of useful information that you would want to come back to again and again, which is something difficult to do with audio format. It pretty much lays it out for you. Equal parts philosophical and psychological, it outlines each step of the seduction process. Some people condemn the techniques and strategies propounded here to be "amoral" and Machiavellian, but the truth of the matter is: they work. And they have been working since the dawn of civilization. The paradoxical yet simple nature of our desire is beautifully captured by Rilke in his and I won't go into it, but we all want something hard to get, and we're all susceptible to mystery, in person or in story. This book makes full use of the properties of human desire to your own advantage. Whoever denounces the book of manipulation,immorality, and other such nonsense is under a happy delusion about the world they live in. Look around you and you'll see - if you really see - under the facade of morality seethes selfishness, manipulation, and other "immoral" intentions and acts. Manipulation is fine as long as the intention is good. As long as it doesn't end up hurting people for no good reason. I'll stop my diatribe right there. The point is, the book is highly useful and fascinating. Get this book and study it for better relationship management. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    A great read. It assumes that you are a liar and manipulator by nature, but once you get past that, it's a fascinating study. Some great annecdotes from famous figures in history make it enthralling in parts.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Uh... there's a LOT to be learned from this book about human psychology. To really get the best/most of it, you have to stare yourself in the mirror and ask the hard questions -- where do you fall in the various archetypes? What anti-seduction techniques do you personally exhibit? And what kind of victim are you? I can't decide which book is more interesting and entertaining and thought-provoking, this or the The 48 Laws of Power, the anecdotes from history, the margin quotes/stories are Uh... there's a LOT to be learned from this book about human psychology. To really get the best/most of it, you have to stare yourself in the mirror and ask the hard questions -- where do you fall in the various archetypes? What anti-seduction techniques do you personally exhibit? And what kind of victim are you? I can't decide which book is more interesting and entertaining and thought-provoking, this or the The 48 Laws of Power, the anecdotes from history, the margin quotes/stories are EXCEPTIONALLY well researched in 48 Laws, and they seem not as varied here -- however, the focus of ART OF SEDUCTION is less dynamic and far-reaching, which isn't to say it's less informative. Read them both, they're excellent companion pieces.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    I have three copies of this. It's endlessly entertaining.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    'A History of Great Seducers' would have been a more apt title.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laleh

    This book...is not pretty. Nor is it a light read. 500 pages written in the most miniscule font known to man...let's just say it takes a lot of effort. My feelings on it are very mixed. Greene has clearly put a lot of effort into writing it, it's jam packed with extracts from loads of different books, besides embarrassing pretty much every celebrity the world has ever known. (lots of skeletons in the closet!) So, if nothing else, it's an entertaining read. But the methods it suggests are at times This book...is not pretty. Nor is it a light read. 500 pages written in the most miniscule font known to man...let's just say it takes a lot of effort. My feelings on it are very mixed. Greene has clearly put a lot of effort into writing it, it's jam packed with extracts from loads of different books, besides embarrassing pretty much every celebrity the world has ever known. (lots of skeletons in the closet!) So, if nothing else, it's an entertaining read. But the methods it suggests are at times far from humane. I get that the author is writing a guide to seduction, not a bedtime lullaby, so maybe it's stupid to expect the subject matter to be delicate. But even so, I feel like he could have been a bit more gentle about it. Basically, it made me rethink every belief I ever had about humankind. If people do this stuff to get their way (and then I think....what about me?! maybe I do it too?!) then we're not a very lovable species. Nor one to be trusted. So...yeah. Read with caution. And think carefully before you do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Davies

    A delicious, wicked book which offers insights into character types, and the art of manipulation. Humorous and Machiavellian, this book may shock and disturb you, and your perception of the way people are. This eclectic book is beautifully written and draws on folk tales, legends, fairy tales, literary figures, and history to illustrate situations and personality types. In essence, it is a study of exchange theory and power relations in interpersonal situations. The book offers advice on A delicious, wicked book which offers insights into character types, and the art of manipulation. Humorous and Machiavellian, this book may shock and disturb you, and your perception of the way people are. This eclectic book is beautifully written and draws on folk tales, legends, fairy tales, literary figures, and history to illustrate situations and personality types. In essence, it is a study of exchange theory and power relations in interpersonal situations. The book offers advice on strategies that may be employed to snare one's object of desire, and the ruthlessness of theme was entertaining and made me laugh. Highly original, and controversial. Useful as a reference point for writers, too!

  15. 5 out of 5

    J

    If you can get past the blatant misogyny and the fact he uses the word "victim" on about every page I guess it has some value in cold calculating machiavellian way. The ancedotes in places are interesting and are easily the best part. the Quotes along the sides are irritating to read and really break up the flow. And of course he rationalizes his whole philosophy by suggesting in many places that people who aren't ok with deception and dishonesty have no value (and should be avoided at all costs). If you can get past the blatant misogyny and the fact he uses the word "victim" on about every page I guess it has some value in cold calculating machiavellian way. The ancedotes in places are interesting and are easily the best part. the Quotes along the sides are irritating to read and really break up the flow. And of course he rationalizes his whole philosophy by suggesting in many places that people who aren't ok with deception and dishonesty have no value (and should be avoided at all costs). becasue clearly if you aren't cheating on your spouse or trying to take advantage of someone you are a fool. hah! yeah right buddy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenbebookish

    This was hilarious. Entertaining, insightful, somewhat informative, and absolutely ridiculous. I'm sure there's lots of info in here that's valid and relevant, but a lot of it is a crock that reduces men and women to manipulators and the manipulated. More of a skim through, a what-kind-of-seductress-am-I figure outer, a book to read and compare your own seduction style to and laugh about. Not a book to be taken seriously.

  17. 4 out of 5

    A.C.

    I found this book in my town's public library and decided to pick it up on a lark. I've spent a lot of time reading this book--which is unavoidable because it's long--and I've come to the realization that this is a classy version of the pick-up artist. The classiness of this version comes from the extensive use of classical literary and historical examples. Referencing Casanova, Salome, Evita, and many others, Greene does his best work in using these examples to explain how they were effective in I found this book in my town's public library and decided to pick it up on a lark. I've spent a lot of time reading this book--which is unavoidable because it's long--and I've come to the realization that this is a classy version of the pick-up artist. The classiness of this version comes from the extensive use of classical literary and historical examples. Referencing Casanova, Salome, Evita, and many others, Greene does his best work in using these examples to explain how they were effective in their seductive efforts. While these are interesting the first time that he brings them up, Greene continues to reference them repeatedly throughout the book, which grows exceedingly boring as he moves through the book. While I wasn't thrilled about his overuse of these examples, there were rather compelling interesting profiles in seduction. I did enjoy learning about how these historical figures worked their various magics in the realm of seduction. The problem for me was one that many of the reviewers commented on: the book makes this very strange, Machiavellian turn, making seduction into a game of power, targets, and victims. Greene spends a lot of time talking about manipulations and ways to set yourself up for victory in a particular manner. It is at this moment that the book turns into the pick-up artist. At the beginning, I thought I was dreaming about that aspect, but there is, literally, a section of this book that talks about "throwing negs" as Mystery would call it. Given that Greene is a classy lad, he calls it mixing pleasure with pain. It's the exact same thing: be mean to get this person to convince you that you are the one for them. If you insult them, they will run to your side with some reassurance. This grosses me out and would make me flee from anyone IMMEDIATELY. There are also things about reliance, which also upset me in a number of ways as someone who prides himself on being content and self-reliant. By the time I finished reading the book, the rationalization of one of the most irrational processes in human life--choosing a mate---really troubled me. Making it into a series of steps doesn't work for me. I enjoyed some of my time with this book, certainly not all of it. It is certainly worth experiencing, but I don't guarantee a pleasant experience.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Everyone should read this book. I was initially turned off by the preface's assertion that seduction is an art developed exclusively by women some 5000 years ago (I believe that it's just the way the sexes talk to each other, and it's never been the purview of solely either women or men) but after I waded into the main text it began to impress me a little more. It's tiresome to have everything presented as a "how to manipulate someone into playing your evil little game," but the information is Everyone should read this book. I was initially turned off by the preface's assertion that seduction is an art developed exclusively by women some 5000 years ago (I believe that it's just the way the sexes talk to each other, and it's never been the purview of solely either women or men) but after I waded into the main text it began to impress me a little more. It's tiresome to have everything presented as a "how to manipulate someone into playing your evil little game," but the information is solid and well-supported. If you're going to be anything other than a hermit, you'll need to use some of the skills outlined here at one point or another in your life to deal with different people. The point is to use your powers for good, not evil.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Every woman should read this book. Not to learn how to seduce, but to learn how NOT to be seduced.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samy

    This book is best used for gaining or building on perspective rather than as a how-to book. It provides some insights into patterns of human behaviour that can be useful far beyond what the title and the marketing image implies. I could have done without the authors repeated use of the words "victim" and "manipulation". Such deliberate negatives come off as cheap and with malicious intent, meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator, rather than an understanding of dynamics that occur in This book is best used for gaining or building on perspective rather than as a how-to book. It provides some insights into patterns of human behaviour that can be useful far beyond what the title and the marketing image implies. I could have done without the authors repeated use of the words "victim" and "manipulation". Such deliberate negatives come off as cheap and with malicious intent, meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator, rather than an understanding of dynamics that occur in interpersonal relationships. It seems bent on turning it's true form, a study of the history and style of seduction, into something that it isn't, a guide for the completely ignorant. Don't let it fool you though, this is not a self-help book. It will not somehow help you transform into something that you aren't already. It will do little more than increase awareness. With that said, I'd recommend this book especially for those that are working on some form of character development. It defines a range of seductive (or even highly manipulative) archetypes, with real world examples, that can be very useful for writers. This could also be useful for short-term relationships, such a those that might be encountered in sales, since the methods described are hardly sustainable without an unrealistic amount of effort put forth. Two stars for the usefulness of the information provided and one for its entertainment value.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alain Dib

    I took my time reading the book to judge it correctly I will first discuss the negative matters: As you go through the pages you can clearly see that the first few chapters are interesting to read and the others are as well but the style at some points becomes SO repetitive I mean if I ever see "put a spell" one more time i feel like burning the book. And toward the end you sense that Robert Green gets self absorbed and carried away in certain chapters of the book. To the point where he writes some I took my time reading the book to judge it correctly I will first discuss the negative matters: As you go through the pages you can clearly see that the first few chapters are interesting to read and the others are as well but the style at some points becomes SO repetitive I mean if I ever see "put a spell" one more time i feel like burning the book. And toward the end you sense that Robert Green gets self absorbed and carried away in certain chapters of the book. To the point where he writes some stupid metaphors like what am I supposed to think of "spiritual ejaculation" is it supposed to make me feel deep? Or impressed maybe? Well it clearly doesn't. There are also parts of the book so contradictory and the repetitiveness of the story and sentences some times feels so creepy. Also the book isn't a sort of book who will tell you wear this say that to a person and get it. It is much a manipulative book which focuses on history parts and mass seduction. It will guide you toward a streak of seductions and affairs or easy going relations which isn't really something I think someone can be fond of because I have different moral values. The book speaks of the other people as "targets" and make it seem only natural to lie and not be the person you are to seduce others. Also the book is some sort of spoilers for when Green tell a story he always at the end reveal it's historic origins and from which book he took it. It is somewhat a problem for when you wanted to read these related books of the same subject you get the story before even starting the book. Books such as the seducers diary or the dangerous liaisons. But to be fair with Green the book is the result of a very high numbers of readings and researches the author had conducted and it is only in Greens habits. I also really enjoyed the stories and historic details especially the Casanova stories which where interesting and catching to the eyes. I found that the culture you get from reading this book is very estimable and It makes me feel grateful which never makes me feel like wasting time. Also the book features great advices but you have to be selective when it comes to it as it doesn't involve the whole book some parts are pure subjective and others are very relatable but some are interesting to say the least. I appreciate that the references are very much reliable which adds some honesty to the manipulative part. The book features stories on the side of the pages or letters that are good to read. Although Green gets carried away near the middle-end the book is very appreciable at the beginning also interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Little Miss Esoteric

    A fascinating and well written book, but let's face it, the outlined tactics are those commonly employed by sociopaths. Deliberately wounding, confusing, stone walling and gaslighting the chosen 'target' will result in at best, an emotionally damaged and highly insecure person. Sure, in such a state, it's easier to discard them when you are through with them. It's also easy to justify the discarding 'how could I continue with such a emotionally unstable person?'. But if, unlike the sociopath or A fascinating and well written book, but let's face it, the outlined tactics are those commonly employed by sociopaths. Deliberately wounding, confusing, stone walling and gaslighting the chosen 'target' will result in at best, an emotionally damaged and highly insecure person. Sure, in such a state, it's easier to discard them when you are through with them. It's also easy to justify the discarding 'how could I continue with such a emotionally unstable person?'. But if, unlike the sociopath or psychopath, the would-be seducer does have a shred of conscience, living with the results and also the accumulated karma of such manipulative behaviour, would be highly unpleasant. In addition, it's all fakery. What real enjoyment or satisfaction can ever come of having fooled another person into loving you? All in all a book for the desperate, the unscrupulous, and the empathy-devoid individuals of this world. Or perhaps, for those trying to avoid them (know your enemy).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zoya

    I want to read Robert Greens other book The 48 Laws of Power so when someone gave me this book I thought I'd check it out too. This was an interesting book. Parts of it I enjoyed. I love learning about the psychology of why we like things or why things are popular so that aspect of it was facinating. It breaks down how movie stars, politicians and world leaders seduce their public. WHY we are drawn to them or why some leaders are better public speakers than others. Very interesting and helpful I want to read Robert Greens other book The 48 Laws of Power so when someone gave me this book I thought I'd check it out too. This was an interesting book. Parts of it I enjoyed. I love learning about the psychology of why we like things or why things are popular so that aspect of it was facinating. It breaks down how movie stars, politicians and world leaders seduce their public. WHY we are drawn to them or why some leaders are better public speakers than others. Very interesting and helpful for anyone why has to give a presentation. Or, of course, anyone in the acting community. I would like to say it also has sections devoted to how to seduce someone who's already involved or married. That part I found disconcerting. I'm agnostic but I do believe to 'do unto others' and I wouldn't want anyone trying to seduce my husband so that part was questionable to me. I really enjoyed the sections about how to keep a long term relationship sexy and exciting like it was in the beginning. it also tells you about famous relationships, libertines and how they seduced (Errol Flynn, Laurence Oilvier) and famous courtesans, movie stars and all around seccusfully seductive women, some who came from nothing and amassed quite an empire at a time when the only thing a woman could use to her advantage was her seduction (before women could be educated properly or own land etc) It breaks down why some film stars were so successfull for so long (Marlene Deitrich, Marilyn Monroe). What made them different from all the other more beautiful actresses around them. Why was the fickle public so fascinated with them when they lost interest so quickly in everyone else? The psychology of it all was very interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yomna hosny

    By letting you assume you're the one doing the manipulating, the author is playing on your own insecurities about how people perceive and judge you. direct quotes from the book: "Disarm Through Strategic Weakness and Vulnerability" Why? Are you a Russian spy? "Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and By letting you assume you're the one doing the manipulating, the author is playing on your own insecurities about how people perceive and judge you. direct quotes from the book: "Disarm Through Strategic Weakness and Vulnerability" Why? Are you a Russian spy? "Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and reality." You mean like they do to terrorists in interrogation rooms? "Once isolated like this, they have no outside support, and in their confusion they are easily led astray. Lure the seduced into your lair, where nothing is familiar" Are you trying to love them or torture them for information? Seriously, if anything in this book seems like a good idea, you'd be better off cooking yourself up a love potion or getting some voodoo dolls. because what you're looking for isn't a healthy relationship. It's a love spell. Yon might not be looking for a partner, you might be looking for someone to stare in awe at you and give you nonstop compliments. A puppy will be perfect for the job! ..

  25. 4 out of 5

    Omar Hegazy

    "Seduction is Distraction" "I would rather hear my dog bark at a cow than a man swear he loves me " "The masses have never thirsted for truth.they demand illusions, and cannot do without them. they constantly give what is unreal precedence over the real" "Never Complain. Never explain " "You know what charm is , A ways of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question " "People who display no weakness, on the other hand , often elicit envy anxiety and fear!" This was not only "Seduction is Distraction" "I would rather hear my dog bark at a cow than a man swear he loves me " "The masses have never thirsted for truth.they demand illusions, and cannot do without them. they constantly give what is unreal precedence over the real" "Never Complain. Never explain " "You know what charm is , A ways of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question " "People who display no weakness, on the other hand , often elicit envy anxiety and fear!" This was not only informative book to read, but a hell of entertainment experience that i was having through out my reading for the whole book. that's my 2nd read for Robert Greene after 33 strategies of war. My recommendation for people is to start with The Art of Seduction first.Eventually, You'll end up being hungry to complete this "Amoral Series". Although it's Amoral and some Weapons and tools are amoral but Robert Greene insists on the idea that in all ages , in all times and eras. People want to be SEDUCED ! . Before I read the book. I thought it's going to be just a kind of appearance seduction to people and how to grab them . In this book, 24 fatal weapons of seduction are being introduced beginning from trapping your victims mentally then getting them emotionally until the Physical intercourse! people are always bored so why just you don't entertain them emotionally and mentally and they'll fall for you as slaves.Like 33 strategies of war of how to trap people mentally, this books focuses more on trapping them emotionally. Starting with Identifying the 8 types of character and through your reading you'll say quotes such as " Yes, It's me " Or " He is always like this " . The Siren, The rake, The natural, The ideal lover, the charmer, The coquette &the star. Moving to the Anti seducer Traits or symptoms which are types of people which make the seduction process associating and proving his interpretation with examples of different figures starting from Cleopatra , Mark Antony, The Courtesans of different empires in Europe and that were their techniques to seduce their victims &their targets. The weapons and tools Robert Greene mentions in this book are extremely adaptable not only in personal or communicative use but also in Politics and media ! this books forms a great interpretation of how people are being lured into things they've never thought of being seduced with the techniques he mentions. Seduction is a form of warfare, and what differs in the selection of any choice in your life is to how extent you're being seduced !. After reading this book, Seduction for me is not only a word I hear or I feel using the physical lures. but only it's a science and a way of manipulating people and getting under their skin in a very smooth , Unconscious way of trapping the mind. BEWARE OF THE COMPLICATIONS OF THIS BOOK ! : ONE OF THE CONS WHICH I CAN STATE HERE IS THAT YOU HAVE TO SOMEHOW PRESERVE YOUR IDENTITY BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY CRUCIAL TO YOUR IDENTITY AND YOU CANNOT DO EVERY SINGLE TECHNIQUE MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK , AND I WONDER WHY ROBERT GREENE DIDN'T MENTION THAT WHILE HE SAYS THAT IT'S BRILLIANT TO USE THE SEDUCTION TECHNIQUES BUT IT'S ALSO LOGICAL THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE ALL THESE TECHNIQUES THEY SHOULD USE IT ACCORDING TO THE SITUATION (Guerilla WarFare Strategy) From 33 strategies of war That's why people I suggest that you start with the seduction. The Last part of the book is extremely useful and I loved it . Entitled " How to sell anything to the masses " and the difference between the soft sell and the hard sell.assuring that people always want to be lured and seduced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    From a psychological perspective, this book is fascinating. From a moral perspective, this book is horrifying. From a historical perspective, this book is interesting but over embellished. Essentially, this book is a guide on how to emotionally manipulate and use people in the form of seduction. I mainly read it to be better able to analyze myself and other people; to those ends, this book is quite useful. It goes over many different types of seducers and seduction strategies. If you follow the From a psychological perspective, this book is fascinating. From a moral perspective, this book is horrifying. From a historical perspective, this book is interesting but over embellished. Essentially, this book is a guide on how to emotionally manipulate and use people in the form of seduction. I mainly read it to be better able to analyze myself and other people; to those ends, this book is quite useful. It goes over many different types of seducers and seduction strategies. If you follow the steps in this book, though, you're essentially becoming a heartless, calculating manipulator. Be warned. Personally, I find this book to be better served so you can find positive qualities within yourself and embellish them for more charm and social power. You also get to learn some of the psychology behind romance and seduction, according to Robert Greene. There are also a huge amount of historical anecdotes - likely exaggerated to suit the subject matter of the book - and excerpts from other works. This book was Machiavellian in the sense that it didn't focus on how love should be, but rather on what is. Overall, reading it was a unique and interesting experience. I'm looking forwards to reading more of Greene's works in the future!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aleksiel

    For everyone out there who thought this book is about manipulating the other person - you misunderstood it. This is not a practical guide telling you what to say or do, it's more a psychological (and a bit of a historian) study of how people react to certain stimulations. The book teaches you to take your time and study the one you want - to learn how they think and what they want so you can offer them that. One of the points here is that everyone has a dark side and appealing to it is one of For everyone out there who thought this book is about manipulating the other person - you misunderstood it. This is not a practical guide telling you what to say or do, it's more a psychological (and a bit of a historian) study of how people react to certain stimulations. The book teaches you to take your time and study the one you want - to learn how they think and what they want so you can offer them that. One of the points here is that everyone has a dark side and appealing to it is one of the ways of seduction. Some of us want to be a victim for a while and have someone save us, others want to be the villain just for a little bit and offering the one you want that forbidden fruit will be refreshing, because we live in a world where everyone goes with whatever is socially acceptable regardless of how they feel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Wright

    Excellent body of work. So many great lessons. Warning, I did have to see the information as a body of work exploring seduction throughout history verses a how to seduce. There was a discussion of choosing your victim etc. It was fun to read and for me this is great book research writing a romance, but would I do a lot of these things. . .yes/no.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zane

    Was expecting something very different when added this book to my reading list. This book is like a manual for being a douchebag (what's the word for women?) - how to manipulate people, but not really like small things to get them to cooperate or intrigue them. Rather a "how to guide" to have them addicted to you. Because that's healthy, right? The only people that come to my mind who could benefit from this kind of book - writers who need inspiration on how to build up a high class "bad" Was expecting something very different when added this book to my reading list. This book is like a manual for being a douchebag (what's the word for women?) - how to manipulate people, but not really like small things to get them to cooperate or intrigue them. Rather a "how to guide" to have them addicted to you. Because that's healthy, right? The only people that come to my mind who could benefit from this kind of book - writers who need inspiration on how to build up a high class "bad" character. Then this is for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Oh, if only this book had been published when I was a teenager! The quality of my adolescent and college years (okay, and my early- to mid-twenties) might have been far richer, and I might have been so much better at living the hedonistic lifestyle I tried to maintain. There's a new show on tv about a detective (I think he's a detective) who is so good at figuring everything out first that everyone else thinks must be psychic...but he's not psychic; he's just PAYING ATTENTION. That's supposed to Oh, if only this book had been published when I was a teenager! The quality of my adolescent and college years (okay, and my early- to mid-twenties) might have been far richer, and I might have been so much better at living the hedonistic lifestyle I tried to maintain. There's a new show on tv about a detective (I think he's a detective) who is so good at figuring everything out first that everyone else thinks must be psychic...but he's not psychic; he's just PAYING ATTENTION. That's supposed to be the draw, both for us the viewers and for the hot women characters he interacts with. Similarly, Robert Greene proposes (many times over) that in order to be seductive one must first and foremost PAY ATTENTION, and that in order to pay sufficient attention, one must first be able and willing to set aside one's own Issues. He also claims that in order to be seductive, one must be comfortable with insincerity and manipulative behavior - an idea which has garnered considerable criticism. But I pretty much doubt that any schmo who reads this book will miraculously find his (or her) romantic life suddenly improved - because not too many people are capable of setting aside their Issues long enough to intentionally manipulate those of other people. So I don't mind so much that most of this book urges people to be cold and calculating. People who are capable of being that way don't need to read an instruction manual on emotional manipulation; they're already good at it. The book does have its faults. For example, I am not convinced of the effectiveness of a particular seductive tactic just because a great literary character has successfully employed it. Also, there is too much reliance on archetypes; real people are more psychologically complex than the author makes us out to be. The book also includes some ideas I can get behind, such as Mr. Greene's exhortation to enjoy the slow and careful process that, in his opinion, seduction should be, while maintaining a genuine respect and interest in the target of one's affections. I also like his opinion that when one is no longer interested in the individual that one has seduced, one should simply display characteristics and behaviors that the seductee will find unappealing.

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