The Art of Seduction

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2003 - History - 496 pages
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From the creators of the New York Times bestsellerThe 48 Laws of Power, comes a mesmerizing handbook on seduction: the most subtle and effective form of power
 
Which sort of seducer could you be: Siren? Rake? Cold Coquette? Star? Comedian? Charismatic? or Saint? This book will show you which. Charm, persuasion, the ability to create illusions: these are some of the many dazzling gifts of the Seducer, the compelling figure who is able to manipulate, mislead, and give pleasure all at once. When raised to the level of art, seduction, an indirect and subtle form of power, has toppled empires, won elections and enslaved great minds. Discover who you, or your pursuer, most resembles. Learn, too, the pitfalls of the anti-Seducer.
 
In part II, immerse yourself in the twenty-four maneuvers and strategies of the seductive process, the ritual by which a seducer gains mastery over his target. Understand how to ‘Choose the Right Victim,’ ‘Appear to Be an Object of Desire,’ and ‘Confuse Desire and Reality.’ As in his other bestsellers, The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and most recently in Mastery, in The Art of Seduction, an international bestseller, Robert Greene deftly mines history and literature to create an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate power trip.

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starts with a lot of insight and truth; the second part of the book, the part where the author tells you what to do is just BS Read full review

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Very well written and detailed (therefore 4 stars), but irritating to read because it's basically written for narcissists who are OK with treating other people as objects. If you value power above ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
the Rake
the Ideal lover
the Dandy
the Natural
the Coquette
the Charmer
the Charismatic
Poeticize Your Presence
Disarm Through Strategic Weakness and Vulnerability
Confuse Desire and RealityThe Perfect Illusion
Isolate the Victim
Prove Yourself
Effect a Regression
Stir Up the Transgressive and Taboo
Use Spiritual Lures

the Star
the antiSeducer
Part Two the Seductive process
Create a False Sense of SecurityApproach Indirectly
Appear to Be an Object of Desire Create Triangles
Master the Art of Insinuation
Create Temptation
Keep Them in SuspenseWhat Comes Next?
Pay Attention to Detail
Mix Pleasure with Pain
Give Them Space to FallThe Pursuer Is Pursued
Use Physical Lures
Master the Art of the Bold Move
Beware the Aftereffects
Appendix
Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index

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About the author (2003)

Robert Greene has a degree in classical studies and is the author of several bestselling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, The Art of Seduction, and Mastery. He lives in Los Angeles.

Joost Elffers is the packaging genius behind Viking Studio's Secret Language series, Play with Your Food, and How Are You Peeling? He lives in New York City.

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