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The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene

The Art of Seduction (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Robert Greene

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Title:The Art of Seduction
Authors:Robert Greene
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2003), Paperback, 467 pages
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Pretty disappointed with this book.

The book contains mostly info which is hard to absorb. It has less examples than his previous book and the book jump from seduction from men to women without warning, making it a harder read. The book also paints seduction in a bad light, defining it as manipulative for the seducer's gains. ( )
  Jason.Ong.Wicky | Oct 9, 2018 |
Great read by master in explaining by analogy, Robert Greene.

Uses historical stories to explain manipulative strategies that can be used to win lovers. Uses key archetypes that supposedly most people would fall within (or are a combination of). ( )
  shakazul | Jul 4, 2017 |
Greene's "The Art of Seduction" is not really a self-help or instruction book. More than anything else, it is a sweeping overview of various historical figures and fictional characters who excelled at seduction, along with Greene's attempts to distill unifying principles and themes from these experiences. Greene also likes to use archetypes to classify both types of seducer and types of people who may be targets of seduction.

The book is most enjoyable as a sort of whirlwind tour through various historical and fictional scenes, which can be enjoyable to read about individually, in the way of very short stories.

The book largely fails as instruction. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is that the principles are often contradictory or mutually exclusive (for example, paying a great deal of attention to the other person vs. leaving them hanging and wanting more), and many people and characters in Greene's examples succeed despite violating various principles he sets out. It seems that everything depends on the particularities of the the seducer, the seduced, and the situation. Well, okay, that shouldn't be surprising. But it raises the question of what the book is for. After all, there is little difference between feeling one's way and selecting from a vast menu of different approaches (which have to be customized to oneself anyway) and simply building one's own approach from scratch.

The other flaw in the book is that the examples are from past times, ranging from ancient Egypt up through the days of Elvis and Andy Warhol. But dating and culture have changed a lot since the mid-1900s, particularly with the rise of the internet. Greene asserts his principles are timeless, and I can see his point- but for that very reason, they lack the detail and specificity that would make them easier to apply in a modern context.

As a person who enjoys history books, I found Greene's book enjoyable enough, but it would not be high on my list of recommendations for a person who wants to personally learn how to be more seductive or charming. ( )
  jrissman | Jun 11, 2017 |
I used to read this book in the sauna after a gym workout, back in 2008. While I was trying to juggle a career and stay fit, I'd relax - read 10 pages at a time - many more. This book helped me than I ever imagined. Although I searched for a man, a good, honest, reliable man, I knew I needed to seduce him in order for him to propose. I followed the author's advice - to seduce - artfully - and with the help of the many historical characters he cited - I got the man and still seduce him to this day. Thanks Mr. Greene, and all you seducers out there. ( )
  MahaErwin | Sep 16, 2016 |
Quyến rũ là hình thức tinh tế, khó nắm bắt và hiệu quả nhất của quyền lực. Điều này được nhìn thấy rõ ràng qua ảnh hưởng của Tổng thống Hoa Kỳ John E Kenneddy lên công chúng cũng như qua ảnh hưởng của nàng Cleopatra lên tướng Antony.

Nghệ thuật quyến rũ giúp chúng ta nắm bắt các tính cách và phẩm chất của 10 mẫu người điển hình có sức lôi cuốn người khác (trong đó có mẫu mỹ nhân, mẫu người tình lý tưởng, mẫu người công tử, mẫu hồn nhiên…) đồng thời liệt kê 24 chước mà ai cũng có thể sử dụng để bẻ gãy sự kháng cự của nạn nhân trước hình thức nghệ thuật đầy ấn tượng và không bị ảnh hưởng bởi thời gian này.

Nghệ thuật Quyến rũ là một quyển sách vỡ lòng cần thiết dạy ta cách thuyết phục người khác, một trong những vũ khí quan trọng nhất lịch sử và cũng là hình thức tối thượng của quyền lực.
  Phuong_Susu | Apr 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142001198, Paperback)

This bold, instructive guide to power of attraction by the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and Mastery can make anyone a master of this devastating and timeless art

This mesmerizing exploration of the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power is a masterful analysis of civilization's greatest seducers, from Cleopatra to JFK, as well as the classic literature of seduction from Freud to Kierkegaard and Ovid to Casanova. Robert Greene once again 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. Presenting profiles of each type of seducer—including the Charmer, the Coquette, the Rake, and the Star, among others—and the twenty-four maneuvers that will guide you step by step in the game of attraction and temptation, The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer of persuasion that reveals the universal power of this age-old art.

Also look out for Robert Greene's latest book, Mastery, which picks up where The 48 Laws of Power left off to uncover just what it takes to be great.

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Presents a historical survey and analysis of the relationship of seduction and power.

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