The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

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by Neil Strauss

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This is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences.

"As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of—and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because,

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This is not a journey that was undertaken for journalistic purposes. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisis that was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences.

"As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of—and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."

So begins Neil Strauss's long-awaited follow-up to The Game, the funny and slyly instructive work of immersive journalism that jump-started the international "seduction community" and made Strauss a household name—revered or notorious—among single men and women alike.

In The Truth, Strauss takes on his greatest challenge yet: Relationships. And in this wild and highly entertaining ride, he explores the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day:

  • Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?
  • Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness?
  • What draws us to the partners we choose?
  • Can we keep passion and romance from fading over time?

His quest for answers takes him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems, and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother.

What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships, and, ultimately, himself.

Searingly honest and compulsively readable, The Truth just may have the same effect on you.

If The Game taught you how to meet members of the opposite sex, The Truth will teach you how to keep them.

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In his 2005 bestseller The Game, Neil Strauss nakedly described his transformation from a shy, nervous young man into an accomplished pickup artist. His newly acquired ability to bed women made him a role model for some and an object of hate for others, but months and years of compulsive casual sex also brought with it self-questioning and self-doubt. In Game Over, Strauss, now married, addresses his life between the sheets and beyond.

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Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game, Rules of the Game, Emergency, and Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead. He is also the co-author of three other New York Times bestsellers - Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Mötley Crüe's The Dirt and Marilyn Manson's The Long Hard Road out of Hell. A writer for Rolling Stone, Strauss lives in Los Angeles.

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Anonymous 10 months ago
I have been a fan of Neil Strauss' books ever since he co-authored Marilyn Manson's "Long hard Road Out of Hell" in the 1990's and I gotta tell you that they just get better and better with each release. I was thoroughly entertained and fascinated with "The Game", intensely affected by "Emergency" and now a devotee of "The Truth". As someone who has been a member of Strauss' Inner Circle (email club) I have been able to see his transformation over the years from scared-of-women, to pick-up-artist, to a teacher of genuine inner-strength and self awareness. This book is one that everyone, particularly every man- needs to read. You won't be able to put it down, and you will be entertained, challenged, and taught valuable insights along the way. It's like a journey in and of itself. READ THIS BOOK!!
fadamo 10 months ago
I only met neil strauss through "The Game" and it was a lifechanging experience, through the book i learned about game ans immersed myself into the "PUA lifestyle" and it truly changed the way i behave and deal with day to day situations. I truly believe it made me a better person and i found myself too falling in some of the traps in the book. So i want you to read " The Game" and then "The Truth" cause you really have to be ready for "The Truth" . I want everybody to read these books even though you can tell that the game is more a guy book. BUT "The Truth" is wiser,better and the most profound and groundbreaking book you can read " it's the bible of relationships and much more.."
Mofessor 10 months ago
The Truth starts with an archetypal trajectory—boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy goes on quest to win girl back—but becomes something curlier and less predictable as it goes along. With lashings of hedonism and debauchery thrown in for good measure, The Truth is based on Strauss’ mission to discover whether monogamy, faithfulness, and commitment make sense in the modern world. The book is as high spirited as you might expect from someone who wrote The Game, and delves into the underpinnings of sex, relationships and their effect on life, love, and family. Straddling the line between damning expose and redemption story, there are many times Strauss stares lustfully at self-annihilation. But to its credit, The Truth is not another preachy, earnest treatise on the dangers of sex, nor is it a sentimental journey to 12-step redemption. There have certainly been enough of those. Rather this is a study in how men and women relate to each other, and what it truly means to be in relationship with somebody. Like all the best books, as Strauss swerves between libertine and committed partner, we are simultaneously wincing and somehow wishing we were in the middle of it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is the book I have been waiting for. When I read The Game, I was single and alone. It helped me get into my first relationship. I married that woman last year. Now with the long stretch of road ahead of me, this is perfectly timed for what comes next.
InHolyAwe 10 months ago
Masterfully written and hilarious. I had a ticklish feeling in my stomach much of the way through. But this book is definitely one of those life changers. Brutally honest and candid. In spite of all the author's faults, there's a good chance you'll be cheering him on in his transformation. Even though he warns that he is the villain in the story, he gets wrapped in a cocoon, and he takes us on a real life hero's journey, to slay our own internal dragons. And the best news is that it's a metamorphosis we can all undertake, and he leads the way to victory.
owen nunez 10 months ago
Amazing 360 from his previous book, it shows maturity at all levels just like where I was 10 years ago since I read The Game, I do feel like both books gives you the tools to succeed and master the art of Love and learning several of things about yourself before you decide to end up with someone for a lifetime.
Frosty664 10 months ago
This is a powerful book, you will most likely go through all the cycles of emotion and love it. I've been a fan of Neil's writing for a long time I first found his book "emergency" the proceeded to read some of the other his other books. It is amazing to see his transformation from "the game" all the way up to "the truth". You will not be able to put this book Down and when it's over you will be hitting the net hard doing research in one form or another. Like I said it's a powerful book and exactly what a lot of people need in there lives. Please check it out
Tim 10 months ago
Neil is brave. In this book, he is incredibly vulnerable and explores the questions that many have. This book is incredibly well-written (he's a New York Times bestselling author for a reason) and incredibly engaging. Once I picked it up, it was difficult to put it down. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to explore their beliefs and better themselves.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great Read.
Reginald Augustin 8 months ago
Neil Strauss is crazy, but he's good. And I love him.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Neil Strauss has managed to change my entire perception of relationships with one of his books, I read The Game about 7 years ago when I was a frustrated kid that didn't have the courage to speak to women, and reading The Game I quickly realized that while I wasn't going to become a casanova in a minute, I at least had a framework for becoming better with women, After that, I quickly devoured everything I could that had his name or stamp of approval, which is funny because each book he has written has resonated with me in a different way (Emergency made me dedicate myself to preventing everything I could in particular). Now comes a book about the darkest part of relationships = Commitment, which is quite strange because now I am in the only serious relationship I've ever had and have contemplated a few of the questions Neil tries to answer through his journey to finally understand "The Truth", I don't want to spoil much of the book, but if you've ever had doubts about any of your relationships and what makes them tick (on your side and partially on the other persons' as well) you need to read this book, and please, make your partner read it as well.