This book was incredibly researched and detailed, yet engaging and accessable. While the book is sympathetic towards the plight of the Iranian people and the nationalist/Anit-colonial movement, the views of the multiple factions involved are reported fairly. If this book has a "hero," it is MohammAd Mossadegh. Yet, for all his passion and vision, he is portrayed as a real human being with flaws, not a near-mythical giant-slaying figure. A MUST for anyone concerned with current events.
The best thing about Neil Strauss' "The Game" wasn't about picking up women, it was how honest "Style" was about his transformation. Style had highs to be sure, but many, many lows--and these were balanced and portrayed fairly.
By contrast, Mystery's "The Pickup Artist: The New and Improved Art of Seduction" reads like someone in junior high wrote a story about how awesome he's going to be when he grows up. It's like Entourage without humor or intelligence: "Oh no things might not work out! Oh wait, they will work out. Yay!" Nothing about the "story" contained within it contains any emotional weight.
Also, the narration is ridiculous. Alan Sklar has a great voice, but this wasn't the appropriate venue for it.
But, I'm sure if you're a pickup artist or just interested in the subculture you'll buy this book anyway, and I won't blame you. Mystery is a genius, and I hate to admit that I would have put one of my credits towards the book even if I had read this review. It's just sad that for such a great illusionist, the picture he paints in this book doesn't seem real at all.
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