Picked up a copy of this book back in 1995 and was instantly impressed. Mid-town apartment dwelling New Yorker Nick Casanova (most probably a pen name) followed closely the formula that his mentor Niccolo Machiavelli advocated in "The Prince," divide, conquer and rule as applied to the game of adult male-female relations.
Machiavelli's "The Prince" explains how to retain power so that the hereditary prince must carefully maintain the socio-political institutions to which the people are accustomed and where a new prince has the more difficult task in ruling, since he must first stabilize his new-found power in order to build an enduring political structure. It's required that the prince be a public figure above reproach, whilst privately acting amorally to achieve State goals. The Prince does not dismiss morality, instead, it politically defines "Morality" -- as in the criteria for acceptable cruel action -- it must be decisive: swift, effective, and short-lived. Machiavelli is aware of the irony of good results coming from evil actions. The Prince is a manual to acquiring and keeping political power. In contrast with Plato and Aristotle, a Classical ideal society is not the aim of the prince's will to power. As a political scientist, Machiavelli emphasizes necessary, methodical exercise of brute force punishment-and-reward (patronage, clientelism, et cetera) to preserve the status quo.
Nick Casanova writes of having readers presenting themselves as positive confident impeccable and forceful men to perspective dates and then unceremoniously dumping under false pretenses these women once the readers' sexual appetites have been satiated. The book is written in a "tongue in cheek" manner so one cannot tell if Mr. Casanova has actually used all the techniques that he advocates in the book. Clearly this book was inspired by the Reagan Devolution's era of deregulation and the hypocritical elite's break-down of social decorum while Reagan publicly claimed "Family Values" for the unwashed and ignorant masses.
Nick Casanova is not a misogynist, though one could reach that conclusion if one took Mr. Casanova's writing literally. It is a light and fast read and truly enjoyable for any male that has done battle of the sexes (i.e. most males).