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"Lose yourself: Swoon has wicked fun answering that age-old query: What do women want?"?Chicago Tribune
Contrary to popular myth and dogma, the men who consistently beguile women belie the familiar stereotypes: satanic rake, alpha stud, slick player, Mr. Nice, or big-money mogul. As Betsy Prioleau, author of Seductress, points out in this surprising, insightful study, legendary ladies? men are a different, complex species altogether, often without looks or money. They fit no ...
"Lose yourself: Swoon has wicked fun answering that age-old query: What do women want?"—Chicago Tribune
Contrary to popular myth and dogma, the men who consistently beguile women belie the familiar stereotypes: satanic rake, alpha stud, slick player, Mr. Nice, or big-money mogul. As Betsy Prioleau, author of Seductress, points out in this surprising, insightful study, legendary ladies’ men are a different, complex species altogether, often without looks or money. They fit no known template and possess a cache of powerful erotic secrets.
With wit and erudition, Prioleau cuts through the cultural lore and reveals who these master lovers really are and the arts they practice to enswoon women. What she discovers is revolutionary. Using evidence from science, popular culture, fiction, anthropology, and history, and from interviews with colorful real-world ladykillers, Prioleau finds that great seducers share a constellation of unusual traits.While these men run the gamut, they radiate joie de vivre, intensity, and sex appeal; above all, they adore women. They listen, praise, amuse, and delight, and they know their way around the bedroom. And they’ve finessed the hardest part: locking in and revving desire. Women never tire of these fascinators and often, like Casanova’s conquests, remain besotted for life.Finally, Prioleau takes stock of the contemporary culture and asks: where are the Casanovas of today? After a critique of the twenty-first-century sexual malaise—the gulf between the sexes and women’s record discontent—she compellingly argues that society needs ladies’ men more than ever. Groundbreaking and provocative, Swoon is underpinned with sharp analysis, brilliant research, and served up with seductive verve.
Reviewer: Eloisa James
Posted March 29, 2013
Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau is a non-fiction book which tries to analyze what makes a ladies’ man. The book makes an interesting read and I only wish I would have read it when I was single and still looking for a mate for life.
The book has bad news for us guys – being a ladies’ man cannot be learned, one has to be born with “it”. The author found out that there is no template for being a Casanova, it’s neither money nor attitude but complex, and sometimes distinct, personalities.
Ms. Prioleau analyzes the great lovers of our time and from ages long ago from Casanova to Ashton Kutcher and those who aren’t famous but get the ladies, the schmos down the street which we all scratch our bald pates in amazement whenever they get the girl (a notable exception is myself – just to think I was sitting by the phone for hours and days waiting to be interviewed).
The book is divided into section about Charisma, the characters, the mind, senses and more. The author provides examples from history, fictional and non-fictional people as well as famous and the not-so-famous as they pertain to each section and/or subsection (some swooners are in more then one place).
It was interesting to read how wrong the ideal “ladies man” is in the eye of society, this wonderfully researched book shows that they are not handsome millionaires but those who have many other qualities (beauty is not one of them), the main one being joie de vivre – a love of life, and those man simply put women up on a pedestal.
While I did enjoy the non-fiction part of the book, I didn’t care for the examples of men from romance novels. While I do appreciate fiction of any genre I felt that a woman writing about an ideal man (which might exist – but probably not) didn’t really teach me anything.
Swoon is an enjoyable book with much to teach the men of the world about women. While the bad news is that on
Posted October 19, 2013
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