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The Art of Seduction

The Art of Seduction

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by Robert Greene, Joost Elffers (Produced by)

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From the creators of the phenomenal bestseller The 48 Laws of Power, a mesmerizing handbook on seduction: the most subtle and effective form of power
When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections and enslaved great minds. Discover who you, or your pursuer,


From the creators of the phenomenal bestseller The 48 Laws of Power, a mesmerizing handbook on seduction: the most subtle and effective form of power
When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections and enslaved great minds. Discover who you, or your pursuer, most resembles.
Immerse yourself in the twenty-four maneuvers and strategies of the seductive process, the ritual by which a seducer gains mastery over his target. Understand how to "Choose the Right Victim," "Appear to Be an Object of Desire," and "Confuse Desire and Reality." Every bit as essential as The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer of persuasion that reveals one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate form of power.

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According to Ovid, “The first thing to get in your head,/is that every single/Girl can be caught -- and you’ll catch her if/You set your toils right.” In this intensive study of the seducer’s art, bestselling author Robert Greene teaches us how to catch elusive lovers by wooing more strategically. Whether the object of your desire is cold, critical, or simply flighty, Greene’s comprehensive guide to the power games of love will teach you to draw your lover to your lair.

The first lesson in Greene’s passion primer is character; we cannot seduce without understanding our own archetypal roles and those of our swooning victims. “All we need to do to realize our potential is understand what it is in a person’s character that naturally excites people,” Greene urges. With a sense of our own charms, we become more magnetic -- we begin to draw lovers toward us almost effortlessly. Greene delicately divides seductive types into nine basic categories -- the Siren, the Rake, the Ideal Lover, the Dandy, the Natural, the Coquette, the Charmer, the Charismatic, and the Star -- and instructs us in the fine art of radiating each type’s enticing charms.

Greene next teaches us to recognize the character type of prospective seducees. With a sense of what our love objects desire, Greene hints, we can easily insinuate ourselves into their fantasies. And once we have matched our own charms to another’s longing, we are ready to take them, step by step, into our own desires. “Create a false sense of security,” Greene urges. “Send mixed signals.” The heat of seduction is caused by friction, by the thrust and recoil of emotional intimacies. With Greene’s advice, everyone can create a delicious drama in which to ensnare some darling object. All it takes, according to Greene, is a tenacious grasp of fundamental laws of seduction: the time-tested steps that we all must take to lure another.

Greene’s lessons of love are illustrated with quotations from the great masters: Ovid, Shakespeare, Baudelaire, and others. His laws are shocking, amusing -- and they encourage us to think calculatedly about the spells we cast on others. As in Greene’s bestselling 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction teaches us to manipulate others with erudition, style, and finesse. (Jesse Gale)

Library Journal
Touted as a "handbook on the most subtle and effective form of power" and "an indispensable primer on how to take what you want from whomever you want," this book is more than a little creepy. Following on the heels of his 48 Laws of Power, this book continues Greene's gross exploration of social power, this time in the realm of sexual politics. In Part 1, Greene, again paired with "packager" Joost Elffers (Play with Your Food), offers a straight-faced description of the nine types of seductive character, from the "Ideal Lover" to the "Rake." Elffers's contribution comes in the form of numerous quotes by famous contemporary and historical figures tucked into the side margins. Part 2 examines the process of seduction, subdivided into four phases, with chapter headings such as "Master the Art of Insinuation" and "Isolate the Victim." This book will have real appeal for power mongers, gold diggers, and heartless manipulators everywhere. Books such as Beverley East's Finding Mr. Write (LJ 5/1/00) and Jama Clark's What the Hell Do Women Really Want? (Island Flower, 1997) offer advice on the same subject without the distasteful exploitative emphasis. David Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Chapter One

In the year 48 B.C., Ptolemy XIV of Egypt managed to depose and exile his sister and wife, Queen Cleopatra. He secured the country's borders against her return and began to rule on his own. Later that year, Julius Caesar came to Alexandria to ensure that despite the local power struggles, Egypt would remain loyal to Rome.

    discussing strategy, when a guard entered to report that a Greek merchant was at the door bearing a large and valuable gift for the Roman leader. Caesar, in the mood for a little fun, gave the merchant permission to enter. The man came in, carrying on his shoulders a large rolled-up carpet. He undid the rope around the bundle and with a snap of his wrists unfurled it—revealing the young Cleopatra, who had been hidden inside, and who rose up half clothed before Caesar and his guests, like Venus emerging from the waves.

    twenty-one at the time) appearing before them suddenly as if in a dream. They were astounded at her daring and theatricality---smuggled into the harbor at night with only one man to protect her, risking everything on a bold move. No one was more enchanted than Caesar. According to the Roman writer Dio Cassius, "Cleopatra was in the prime of life. She had a delightful voice which could not fail to cast a spell over all who heard it. Such was the charm of her person and her speech that they drew the coldest and most determined misogynist into her toils. Caesar was spellbound as soon as he set eyes on her and she opened her mouth to speak." That same evening Cleopatra became Caesar's lover.

    of his campaigns. But he had always disposed of them quickly to return to what really thrilled him—political intrigue, the challenges of warfare, the Roman theater. Caesar had seen women try anything to keep him under their spell. Yet nothing prepared him for Cleopatra. One night she would tell him how together they could revive the glory of Alexander the Great, and rule the world like gods. The next she would entertain him dressed as the goddess Isis, surrounded by the opulence of her court. Cleopatra initiated Caesar in the most decadent revelries, presenting herself as the incarnation of the Egyptian exotic. His life with her was a constant game, as challenging as warfare, for the moment he felt secure with her she would suddenly turn cold or angry and he would have to find a way to regain her favor.

    excuses to stay in Egypt. At one point she led him on a lavish historical expedition down the Nile. In a boat of unimaginable splendor—towering fifty-four feet out of the water, including several terraced levels and a pillared temple to the god Dionysus—Caesar became one of the few Romans to gaze on the pyramids. And while he stayed long in Egypt, away from his throne in Rome, all kinds of turmoil erupted throughout the Roman Empire.

    of rulers including Mark Antony, a brave soldier who loved pleasure and spectacle and fancied himself a kind of Roman Dionysus. A few years later, while Antony was in Syria, Cleopatra invited him to come meet her in the Egyptian town of Tarsus. There---once she had made him wait for her—her appearance was as startling in its way as her first before Caesar. A magnificent gold barge with purple sails appeared on the river Cydnus. The oarsmen rowed to the accompaniment of ethereal music; all around the boat were beautiful young girls dressed as nymphs and mythological figures. Cleopatra sat on deck, surrounded and fanned by cupids and posed as the goddess Aphrodite, whose name the crowd chanted enthusiastically.

    pleasures she offered were hard to resist. But he also wanted to tame her—to defeat this proud and illustrious woman would prove his greatness. And so he stayed, and, like Caesar, fell slowly under her spell. She indulged him in all of his weaknesses—gambling, raucous parties, elaborate rituals, lavish spectacles. To get him to come back to Rome, Octavius, another member of the Roman triumvirate, offered him a wife: Octavius's own sister, Octavia, one of the most beautiful women in Rome. Known for her virtue and goodness, she could surely keep Antony away from the "Egyptian whore." The ploy worked for a while, but Antony was unable to forget Cleopatra, and after three years he went back to her. This time it was for good: he had in essence become Cleopatra's slave, granting her immense powers, adopting Egyptian dress and customs, and renouncing the ways of Rome.

Only one image of Cleopatra survives—a barely visible profile on a coin—but we have numerous written descriptions. She had a long thin face and a somewhat pointed nose; her dominant features were her wonderfully large eyes. Her seductive power, however, did not lie in her looks—indeed many among the women of Alexandria were considered more beautiful than she. What she did have above all other women was the ability to distract a man. In reality, Cleopatra was physically unexceptional and had no political power, yet both Caesar and Antony, brave and clever men, saw none of this. What they saw was a woman who constantly transformed herself before their eyes, a one-woman spectacle. Her dress and makeup changed from day to day, but always gave her a heightened, goddesslike appearance. Her voice, which all writers talk of, was lilting and intoxicating. Her words could be banal enough, but were spoken so sweetly that listeners would find themselves remembering not what she said but how she said it.

    costumed orgies. Everything had a touch of drama and was accomplished with great energy. By the time your head lay on the pillow beside her, your mind was spinning with images and dreams. And just when you thought you had this fluid, larger-than-life woman, she would turn distant or angry, making it clear that everything was on her terms. You never possessed Cleopatra, you worshiped her. In this way a woman who had been exiled and destined for an early death managed to turn it all around and rule Egypt for close to twenty years.

    rather a theatrical streak that allows a woman to embody a man's fantasies. A man grows bored with a woman, no matter how beautiful; he yearns for different pleasures, and for adventure. All a woman needs to turn this around is to create the illusion that she offers such variety and adventure. A man is easily deceived by appearances; he has a weakness for the visual. Create the physical presence of a Siren (heightened sexual allure mixed with a regal and theatrical manner) and he is trapped. He cannot grow bored with you yet he cannot discard you. Keep up the distractions, and never let him see who you really are. He will follow you until he drowns.

Norma Jean Mortensen, the future Marilyn Monroe, spent part of her childhood in Los Angeles orphanages. Her days were filled with chores and no play. At school, she kept to herself, smiled rarely, and dreamed a lot. One day when she was thirteen, as she was dressing for school, she noticed that the white blouse the orphanage provided for her was torn, so she had to borrow a sweater from a younger girl in the house. The sweater was several sizes too small. That day, suddenly, boys seemed to gather around her wherever she went (she was extremely well-developed for her age). She wrote in her diary, "They stared at my sweater as if it were a gold mine."

    ridiculed by the other students, Norma Jean now sensed a way to gain attention, maybe even power, for she was wildly ambitious. She started to smile more, wear makeup, dress differently. And soon she noticed something equally startling: without her having to say or do anything, boys fell passionately in love with her. "My admirers all said the same thing in different ways," she wrote. "It was my fault, their wanting to kiss me and hug me. Some said it was the way I looked at them—with eyes full of passion. Others said it was my voice that lured them on. Still others said I gave off vibrations that floored them."

    Producers would tell her the same thing: she was attractive enough in person, but her face wasn't pretty enough for the movies. She was getting work as an extra, and when she was on-screen—even if only for a few seconds—the men in the audience would go wild, and the theaters would erupt in catcalls. But nobody saw any star quality in this. One day in 1949, only twenty-three at the time and her career at a standstill, Monroe met someone at a diner who told her that a producer casting a new Groucho Marx movie, Love Happy, was looking for an actress for the part of a blond bombshell who could walk by Groucho in a way that would, in his words, "arouse my elderly libido and cause smoke to issue from my ears." Talking her way into an audition, she improvised this walk. "It's Mae West, Theda Bara, and Bo Peep all rolled into one," said Groucho after watching her saunter by. "We shoot the scene tomorrow morning." And so Marilyn created her infamous walk, a walk that was hardly natural but offered a strange mix of innocence and sex.

    how to heighten the effect she had on men. Her voice had always been attractive—it was the voice of a little girl. But on film it had limitations until someone finally taught her to lower it, giving it the deep, breathy tones that became her seductive trademark, a mix of the little girl and the vixen. Before appearing on set, or even at a party, Marilyn would spend hours before the mirror. Most people assumed this was vanity—he was in love with her image. The truth was that image took hours to create. Marilyn spent years studying and practicing the art of makeup. The voice, the walk, the face and look were all constructions, an act. At the height of her fame, she would get a thrill by going into bars in New York City without her makeup or glamorous clothes and passing unnoticed.

    her: the studios would only cast her as the blond bombshell. She wanted serious roles, but no one took her seriously for those parts, no matter how hard she downplayed the siren qualities she had built up. One day, while she was rehearsing a scene from The Cherry Orchard, her acting instructor, Michael Chekhov, asked her, "Were you thinking of sex while we played the scene?" When she said no, he continued, "All through our playing of the scene I kept receiving sex vibrations from you. As if you were a woman in the grip of passion.... I understand your problem with your studio now, Marilyn. You are a woman who gives off sex vibrations—no matter what you are doing or thinking. The whole world has already responded to those vibrations. They come off the movie screens when you are on them."

Marilyn Monroe loved the effect her body could have on the male libido. She tuned her physical presence like an instrument, making herself reek of sex and gaining a glamorous, larger-than-life appearance. Other women knew just as many tricks for heightening their sexual appeal, but what separated Marilyn from them was an unconscious element. Her background had deprived her of something critical: affection. Her deepest need was to feel loved and desired, which made her seem constantly vulnerable, like a little girl craving protection. She emanated this need for love before the camera; it was effortless, coming from somewhere real and deep inside. A look or gesture that she did not intend to arouse desire would do so doubly powerfully just because it was unintended—its innocence was precisely what excited a man.

    Siren does. The incarnation of sex and desire, she does not bother to appeal to extraneous senses, or to create a theatrical buildup. Her time never seems to be taken up by work or chores; she gives the impression that she lives for pleasure and is always available. What separates the Sex Siren from the courtesan or whore is her touch of innocence and vulnerability. The mix is perversely satisfying: it gives the male the critical illusion that he is a protector, the father figure, although it is actually the Sex Siren who controls the dynamic.

    Monroe to fill the role of the Sex Siren. Most of the physical elements are a construction; the key is the air of schoolgirl innocence. While one part of you seems to scream sex, the other part is coy and naive, as if you were incapable of understanding the effect you are having. Your walk, your voice, your manner are delightfully ambiguous—you are both the experienced, desiring woman and the innocent gamine.

The Siren is the most ancient seductress of them all. Her prototype is the goddess Aphrodite---it is her nature to have a mythic quality about her—but do not imagine she is a thing of the past, or of legend and history: she represents a powerful male fantasy of a highly sexual, supremely confident, alluring female offering endless pleasure and a bit of danger. In today's world this fantasy can only appeal the more strongly to the male psyche, for now more than ever he lives in a world that circumscribes his aggressive instincts by making everything safe and secure, a world that offers less chance for adventure and risk than ever before. In the past, a man had some outlets for these drives—warfare, the high seas, political intrigue. In the sexual realm, courtesans and mistresses were practically a social institution, and offered him the variety and the chase that he craved. Without any outlets, his drives turn inward and gnaw at him, becoming all the more volatile for being repressed. Sometimes a powerful man will do the most irrational things, have an affair when it is least called for, just for a thrill, the danger of it all. The irrational can prove immensely seductive, even more so for men, who must always seem so reasonable.

    She operates on a man's most basic emotions, and if she plays her role properly, she can transform a normally strong and responsible male into a childish slave. The Siren operates well on the rigid masculine type—the soldier or hero—just as Cleopatra overwhelmed Mark Antony and Marilyn Monroe Joe DiMaggio. But never imagine that these are the only types the Siren can affect. Julius Caesar was a writer and thinker, who had transferred his intellectual abilities onto the battlefield and into the political arena; the playwright Arthur Miller fell as deeply under Monroe's spell as DiMaggio. The intellectual is often the one most susceptible to the Siren call of pure physical pleasure, because his life so lacks it. The Siren does not have to worry about finding the right victim. Her magic works on one and all.

    She is by nature a rare thing, mythic, only one to a group; she is also a valuable prize to be wrested away from other men. Cleopatra made herself different through her sense of high drama; the Empress Josephine Bonaparte's device was her extreme languorousness; Marilyn Monroe's was her little-girl quality. Physicality offers the best opportunities here, since a Siren is preeminently a sight to behold. A highly feminine and sexual presence, even to the point of caricature, will quickly differentiate you, since most women lack the confidence to project such an image.

    two other critical qualifies: the ability to get the male to pursue her so feverishly that he loses control; and a touch of the dangerous. Danger is surprisingly seductive. To get the male to pursue you is relatively simple: a highly sexual presence will do this quite well. But you must not resemble a courtesan or whore, whom the male may pursue only to quickly lose interest in her. Instead, you are slightly elusive and distant, a fantasy come to life. During the Renaissance, the great Sirens, such as Tullia d'Aragona, would act and look like Grecian goddesses—the fantasy of the day. Today you might model yourself on a film goddess—anything that seems larger than life, even awe inspiring. These qualifies will make a man chase you vehemently, and the more he chases, the more he will feel that he is acting on his own initiative. This is an excellent way of disguising how deeply you are manipulating him.

    but danger is critical in seduction. It adds emotional spice and is particularly appealing to men today, who are normally so rational and repressed. Danger is present in the original myth of the Siren. In Homer's Odyssey, the hero Odysseus must sail by the rocks where the Sirens, strange female creatures, sing and beckon sailors to their destruction. They sing of the glories of the past, of a world like childhood, without responsibilities, a world of pure pleasure. Their voices are like water, liquid and inviting. Sailors would leap into the water to join them, and drown; or, distracted and entranced, they would steer their ship into the rocks. To protect his sailors from the Sirens, Odysseus has their ears filled with wax; he himself is tied to the mast, so he can both hear the Sirens and live to tell of it—a strange desire, since the thrill of the Sirens is giving in to the temptation to follow them.

    a man today must work and follow a straight path in life. The call of something dangerous, emotional, unknown is all the more powerful because it is so forbidden. Think of the victims of the great Sirens of history: Paris causes a war for the sake of Helen of Troy, Caesar risks an empire and Anthony loses his power and his life for Cleopatra, Napoleon becomes a laughingstock over Josephine, DiMaggio never gets over Marilyn, and Arthur Miller can't write for years. A man is often ruined by a Siren, yet cannot tear himself away. (Many powerful men have a masochistic streak.) An element of danger is easy to hint at, and will enhance your other Siren characteristics—the touch of madness in Marilyn, for example, that pulled men in. Sirens are often fantastically irrational, which is immensely attractive to men who are oppressed by their own reasonableness. An element of fear is also critical; keeping a man at a proper distance creates respect, so that he doesn't get close enough to see through you or notice your weaker qualities. Create such fear by suddenly changing your moods, keeping the man off balance, occasionally intimidating him with capricious behavior.

Excerpted from the art of Seduction by Robert Greene. Copyright © 2001 by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Meet the Author

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling? He lives in New York City.

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The Art of Seduction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you just want to get laid there are many easier books out there which can help you accomplish that. However, if you really want to know how to get under someone's skin there is no better book. This book is not evil. this book is a technology. It is a lot like a chainsaw. If you use a chainsaw for what it was meant to be used for, you can do things with it that are great- you can cut down the tree that is about to fall on your house, you can cut timber to build a new one, or even get some wood for a cozy fire. However, we also all know that we can use a chainsay for purposes that are evil. You can use this information for good or for evil. The choice is up to you. This book will show you the character traits that people love and how to use them for mutual benefit. It will help you learn how to give and receive pleasure. If you want to use these techniques for self enrichment, you can do that too. The number one lesson of the book for women is that any woman can seduce almost any man if she is a sexual woman, a fun playmate, and looks for the best in a men and draws it out. Any man will fall in love with a woman like that. Likewise, for a man, almost any woman will fall in love with a man who is able to express his sexual desires in a classy way, who is able to relax and let a woman feel attached to him, who provides romance, and who pays attention to her. The book clearly spells uout the fact that we are seduced by that which we are missing. Nobody wants to be around those who are insecure or are simply miserable SOB's. We love those people who are able to create their own reality which is fun, happy, and pleasant. We love the people who only see the good in us and not the bad- those who make us feel good about ourselves. Finally, seducers are able to indirectly create interest and desire, enter the spirit of the other person, go out on a limb for others, lead the other person astray, provide pleasure, pull back a little to make the other person chase them, and finally make the bold move to seal the deal. This book gives examples of how the world's most seductive people have done these things, sometimes for their own benefit, and sometimes for mutual benefit. How you use the techniques and develop your own personality is up to you. This book helps you understand those people around you. You will be able to help them root out components of their personality that hurt them. If I could give the book 10 stars I would. It is neither good nor evil. It is about the truth about hman nature. How you use its wisdom is up to you.
undercovermillionaire More than 1 year ago
Regardless of whether one finds the seduction methods Mr. Greene proposes useful, The Art of Seduction is filled with fascinating historical examples of different personality types, and for this reason alone I recommend this book. That being said, the book is useful only insofar as you are 1.) male, 2.) relatively new to the concept of behaviour modification in response to different personalities, and 3.) in a relationship with an individual who clearly fits one of the eighteen types Mr. Greene identifies. If you are none of the above, then I suspect you will enjoy this book nonetheless; however, its usefulness for you may be diminished. If you are a woman looking for methods of enjoying more successful relationships with men, I recommend reading Sherry Argov's Why Men Love B*tches in conjunction with The Art of Seduction. This will provide a more well-rounded approach to your situation, and will make you a virtual savant in relationships. ~KV
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The biggest problem I had with Mr. Greene's book was that he reduces seduction down to simple psychology instead of what it is, an art. Yes, he did his research about the great seducers of history, but he analyzes it in such a logical manner (as if love and seduction were logical) that it didn't convince me. He lists several seduction strategies and personalities and asks you to find your style as if it were a pair of shoes, and tries to make you believe that if you follow his step-by-step guide you'll seduce anyone. Well, I have to disagree with him. I think it takes a lot more than just being psychologically dexterous to seduce a person. If it were as easy as getting a Masters Degree in psychology, everyone in the mental health profession would have an enviable love life, and I truly don't think that is the case.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It doesn't matter whether you think this book is made from pure evil or not. This book speaks of truth, undeniable truth. I learned things about myself through this book, about why I loved my ex so much and what mistakes I made in trying to get her back. Like all power it can be used for evil, but it may also be used for good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is topflight!! Anyone who thinks other wise is only confirming deep-rooted timidity within themselves. The research based examples serve as reminders that the laws of seduction have been in place since the beginning of time. The only problem has been that we humans have been too blind to see them enforced in our worlds around us.I can't say enough about this MASTERPIECE. It is truly the art of war for delicate times. Who can ever win such a war of the hearts unless he has the right tools for battle? I say this book could turn millions of minds on if people took time to absorb the knowledge that oozes from its pages. All those who think otherwise are more than likely stuck in a mental rut and have become bogged down with their own personal boring routines... If you read nothing else to improve your self-image, Self-confidence--Gentlemen I strongly recommend this one for your library!!! I have no doubts that you will refer to it often whether it be for knowledge or leisure reading...We all need to know these things if we are to be successful in the arena of love and passion... If you are smart you will take some time to learn the game that women have played on us for centuries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will clear up a lot of issues you might have and misconceptions about the art of seduction. Mr. Greene really knows what he's talking about and you can tell it as you read. The book is in-depth and a real eye opener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical about this book, but it turned out to be a fantastic read. True, it does come off as a bit amoral, but the lessons taught can be applied to interactions of all sorts. Greene does a fantastic job of supporting examples that include not just sexual seduction but ones of politics and personal succcess as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had such a great time reading this book, that I'm actually picking it up again and reading it! The book is rather seductive itself by not only offering some rather interesting advice, but it also touches on the history of some of the world's most famous seducers. These are not techniques that I would suggest that one do in real life though, but I would suggest it if someone were looking for something fun - and incredibly engaging to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exquisitely written, packed with useful, real-world tips and historical examples ranging from Cleopatra to Bill Clinton. Don't be fooled by the title - the books lessons can be applied in business, politics, work, family, friends, co-workers, not just significant others. If you have superbly high morals and are offended at the appearance of anything but innocence, this book isn't for you. But if you're are sharp, witty, intelligent and cunning and would like to know how to get what you want easier, quicker and better - its a MUST READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not surprised that some people are offended by the title and content of the book. It touches forbidden areas of the soul. That said, Part Two of the book reads more like a movie script than a how-to manual. In fact, much of Part Two -- the 'techniques' part -- uses literature to demonstrate its points. Roman novels, 10th century Japanese novels, 18th and 19th century French novels, 19th/20th century British plays, etc. Not good, for drama by its nature is drama, as in not real on a day to day basis. In addition, the author seems to have great admiration for the various seducers of women of chaste young virtue, or men of great power. In his view, the essence of capturing a young 'victim' was throwing money at her in spectacular form; the essence of capturing a powerful 'victim' was promising sex that never quite arrived, or at least didn't arrive until much was spent by the victim. Part Two -- 'techniques' -- did not give the impression the author believed in the potential for relationships where the sum of the couple was greater than the individuals. Most of Part Two part can be skimmed without major loss. The Part One of the book, which defines character types, defines in realistic detail the types of roles assumed by various seducers (man and women both). In this I could recognize real people of my acquaintence. The Part One lists in almost casual detail types of 'victims' (a term all too frequently used by the author to the detriment of the book), and what causes 'victim' deep down to be longing to be seduced. The details here is not quite are as defining as in seducer types, and the author shows some sense of distain for the 'victims' (who after all are getting what THEY want). Overall, the book does a decent job of detailing that most people are egocentric and how to 'take advantage' of that by stroking the ego of the 'target'. Is that bad? Some would say yes, but as Noel Coward said, 'In most relationships one person loves while the other person allows themselves to be loved'. This reviewer believes in the potential for involved relationships where each person can't think of a place they would rather be, but I have also found myself being drawn in 'like a moth to a flame' on occasion. Perhaps I better understand myself in this context now. Three stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Review after review claims that this to too 'creepy', harsh or just too evil. It strikes me as quite odd. My impression is the total opposite. There is one thing con artist, manipulators and seducers all have in common: They understand basic human nature. Many of these things we don't want to admitt to, but they are true. Reflecting upon yourself while reading this book will reveal as much, if your honest with yourself. While many will be 'seduced' into using this 'power' for their own gain, if one is so inclined, he/she could use it for great good. The anonymous gift is often the most rewarding, right? Well 'the art of seduction' allows you to do just that. (assuming you don't have the need to make sure everyone knows how 'nice' you are) 'The art of Seduction' has opened doors in my life, taught me things that only years of experience and deep reflection could give me. It is not only about sexual seduction. It's about communicating in a different way, a more productive way. If all you can think about is deception while you glance through, then that is what you will use it for. Read it. Have an open and honest mind. Learn from what history has whispered. The question is, will you let this power improve your life and others around you, or will you use it to simply take what you want, without care to others?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not just about sexual seduction but about social seduction. Baiting and setting the hook in people in general. I read it once and now I'm reading it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is facinating! It might be amoral for some, but it is part of the dark truth in our human nature and so intriguing to read and learn about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For folklore, and romantic to treacherous seduction, Greene's historical tale here is a work of art. This is a sardonic, yet often profound view of the use of persuasion and influence, in situations that are borderline a tad unnerving. This book is a synthesis of philosophy and psychology, and is paradigm breaking. Freud must have had a similar unnerving effect on his contemporaries when he discussed premises for behavior that were previously not part of social discourse. The author expands his global metaphor of 'life as war' from his book the 48 Laws of Power into love and spirituality! This may not be the most effective metaphor for everyone to use, with all of the paranoid, elitist women in today's culture. But it sure is interesting. Lots of conflict and struggles, and subconscious steering of ones emotions. For the modern Casanova, Greene's seduction stories are far too dated and chivalrous to translate into today's world, but rest assured they are in a word, fascinating. I found that it's uses were not applicable so much in the modern era of women and the entitlement mentality. If you like a comparable use of sexual influence, toying and subconscious steering of ones emotions to lure in women, I suggest The Professional Bachelor Dating Guide - How to Exploit Her Inner Psycho by Dr. Tate. It encompasses very effective persuasion tactics to entice your targets and victims, who, let's be realistic, want to be seduced, or they wouldn't allow it to happen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As is only appropriate, this small volume is sleek and appealing, with a glossy cover that draws the eye. It begs to be opened. Go ahead - the reward is a bonbon box full of clever diversions that might be handy if you use them right, a bit naughty if you don¿t, and even slyly humorous if you catch the whiff of satire. The text is broken into small - dare one say it, intimate? - morsels that you can read in stolen snatches of time. Author Robert Greene¿s observations on how to seduce (that is, persuade) are bordered with quotations from authors, philosophers and lovers, all offering entertaining support. However, potential seducers should note two key points. First, while Greene delivers his advice in terms of sexual seduction, if you are careful and interpretative, you may be able to apply pieces of it to general persuasion, including in business. On the downside, many of his techniques are pointedly sexy, over-the-top, amoral or manipulative. We thus recommend this book to those who study human nature for its own sake and for fun those who will apply or modify any techniques to attain power over others or those with the self-discipline to glean the gems, but turn away from taking unethical or illegal advantage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many will be disconcerted with the premise of the book (make no mistake, it does not teach you 'how to be a predator' or anything atrocious like that). Truth scares people, and this book is chock full of truth. Growing up brainwashed by disney-esque romance stories, many young men today have honestly forgotten that love does not merely 'happen' like magic, and -nobody- is attracted to a passivist. There are a lot of people out there who, honest-to-goodness, simply never learned how to attract a mate and remain attractive to them. Women have actually broken up with me for not knowing and applying the basic concepts this book teaches! This is not sexist stuff, both men and women can benefit greatly from the overall message of this material. Read this book, it will be very eye-opening for some and a good reminder for everyone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so advanced and filled with truth. I apply it in my every day life and I see results. This book can work with single women and you're wife or girlfriend. From making women feel happy to making them feel sorry for you. Mix emotions are best for seducing.To dressing to impress, women love a well dressed man. I even get women stird up with deep eye contact. This book just made me a better player.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can see where everyone is coming from with regard to the 'manipulation' of people. Nonetheless, I still believe this is a good book. It's helpful in the discernment of people's characters, and how to work around their quirks. It is NOT a how-to book, and I don't think the author intended it to be taken so literally. One has to remember that many of the examples cited (particularly the more scandalous, 'manipulative' ones) are those of classical literature (i.e. FICTION). It offers insights on the many ways to 'seduce' (i.e. charm, manipulate, communicate with, etc) a person. It's a tool for self-discovery, and can be applied in different scenarios: in love, at work, with friends, with acquaintances, etc. After reading this, you'll assess your strengths as a seducer and your possible weaknesses as a victim. You'll be able to apply certain aspects of the book to your own circumstances. However, you will NOT be the ultimate seducer. Take the book lightly; it's not meant to be anyone's bible.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was a great book and very education. This is my first Robert Greene novel and I am totally hooked. Next I'm looking to read "The 48 Laws of POWER", I can't wait.
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Good book, plenty of examples from seducers of earlier times.
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If you read this book with an open mind, it will captivate you
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