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The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power | [Robert Greene]

The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, delineating the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want - any way we can. Controversial but never dull, timeless and up-to-date, it's destined to be Greene's next best seller.
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Publisher's Summary

When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections, and enslaved great minds. The Art of Seduction synthesizes the legacies of civilization's greatest seducers - from Cleopatra to JFK - with the philosophies of important intellectuals on the subject, including everyone from Freud to Kierkegaard and Ovid to Casanova, and the classic literature of seduction. Robert Greene identifies the rules of a timeless, amoral game and explores how to cast a spell, break down resistance, and, ultimately, compel a target to surrender. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate form of power.

©2001 Robert Greene and Joost Elfers; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

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"[Greene's] literary survey is fascinating." (Booklist)

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    Art Plainfield, IL, USA 02-20-03
    Art Plainfield, IL, USA 02-20-03
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    "The best book I purchased here"

    Great book. Lots of phsychology on sexes and their relationship. Explains pretty good why nice guys finish last. While it would be too much for me personally to use ALL rules and instructions in this book, but I can definitely use many of them. Also it definately helped me understand the other people's actions and my reaction to them much better. I would say the book is much more useful for guys rather than women. Guys, read it.

    46 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 12-01-03
    Robert San Antonio, TX, USA 12-01-03
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    "Great narration, interesting material"

    Be advised that this approaches seduction from both a historical perspective, a psychological perspective, and a fair bit of "how to". Though some of the recommendations are questionable, the narrator's style is capitvating and elevates the material. Those looking for a "step-by-step" guide to seduction would do better buying another audiobook. Those looking for a relaxing, informative, and interesting listening experience have found the right book.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Santa Rosa, CA, USA 05-08-04
    Ian Santa Rosa, CA, USA 05-08-04
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    "Great and Interesting Read (Listen)"

    Wow, This is my first review out of many titles listened to. That's how much I really enjoyed this book. Very well researched and layed out. I don't know how anyone can feel "slimy". When you listen you should not see this book as only instructional, but as a historical and psychological overview of how seduction has evolved and played out throughout the centuries of human existence. Well worth the listen. You will enjoy it.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Ventura, CA, USA 01-16-08
    Martha Ventura, CA, USA 01-16-08
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    "Informative"

    If you're looking here for the "Magic book" that will teach you how to be attractive to the opposite sex then you have found it, or at least one of them (there are many more) BUT BE WARNED! this book is not for those with a strong amount of morals or who think that just by being nice you'll be fine. This book follows the path of the SEDUCER not the knight in shining armor who is always the good guy. this book is about manipulating your situation to your advantage, and it takes a completely neutral stand on the devious tricks of a seduction. if you do not feel you are comfortable with manipulating people for personal gain then do not get this book.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-13-08
    Kristine New Braunfels, TX, USA 10-13-08
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    "Morally debase but interesting"

    Yes as the others have said this book is completely lacking in moral principles but we're talking seduction here, what did you expect?
    While I don't agree with many of his ideas I found his stories compelling and his insights into human nature profound.
    It was educational and entertaining. Keep your morality in perspective and just appreciate it for what it is.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Saratoga Springs, NY, USA 05-17-04
    Glenn Saratoga Springs, NY, USA 05-17-04
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    "Slimy, Yet Satisfying"

    The worms and grubs of interpersonal attraction and seduction can be found here. I alternatively cringed, laughed, and took voluminuous notes as I listened. Put your ethics in neutral, listen, and, for God's sake, use only the "good side" of the force! This is an fascinating listen.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Folsom, CA, United States 07-14-11
    Patrick Folsom, CA, United States 07-14-11
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    "All parents of daughters and daughters should read"

    If you're a parent of a daughter, or a woman who's dating, this book will piss you off. But read the book and use it to learn the manipulation techniques that are potentially used against you. Forewarned is forearmed. Knowledge is power.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany 12-09-13
    Brittany 12-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Seduction the most enjoyable?

    This book was really insightful and got me to think about the games that are played in love relationships. I took this book from a tongue and cheek perspective, and found it thought provoking to get you to think about the things you fall for in other people and the things that you do to get others to fall for you. Others were offended by the language in the book, as he often states "victim" etc., I interpreted it as the author poking fun at the idea of seducing people if that really is your intent, but ultimately we all have free will. If you tend to fall head over heels in love, too fast and too quickly, this book can be helpful to you- guilty as charged- as it helped me realize that I often put my cards on the table and fall for people that often play games with me.


    What did you learn from The Art of Seduction that you would use in your daily life?

    This book has made me more aware of people, their intentions, and the games that they often play. I think its useful for you if you typically get walked on by other people, if you tend to be a people pleaser, it makes you more aware of the different personality/seduction types, and helps you to avoid falling into a never ending back and forth love game with someone.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Garland, TX, USA 02-18-05
    Matt Garland, TX, USA 02-18-05 Member Since 2002
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    "It starts well, but leaves an immature flavor"

    I enjoyed the book, for the first couple hours of reading. Then it because quite repetitious and just plain boring. The author makes some good points early on but then spends the whole rest of the book trying to build a case which cannot be convincing to even a moderately intelligent individual.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    09-02-11
    09-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Do you want to date idiots?"

    Then this book is for you! Yes, unpredictability and mystery is sometimes alluring in a hook-up/partner, but in moderation. People of substance (the people we Audible.com members WANT to hook-up with, right?) will identify and RUN from Greene's paper-thin manipulations! If you are legitimately as emotionally isolated as this book suggests you should be to "ensnare" someone (i.e. drive them insane), then you're probably naturally employing its tactics. If not, is it really possible or necessary to FAKE emotional unavailability and disinterest? Sounds like crazytalk to me.

    However, the narrator gives a good performance- but seems to channel the voiceovers on Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. I also enjoyed the historiography/typology of legendary seducers, very interesting connections! But the "advice" derived from the analysis is weak-minded and cheap, in my opinion.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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