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Robert Greene
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1 April 2004

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. In this beautiful, sensually designed book, Greene unearths the two sides of seduction: the characters and the process. 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 manoeuvres and strategies of the seductive process, the ritual by which a seducer gains mastery over their target. Understand how to 'Choose the Right Victim', 'Appear to Be an Object of Desire' and 'Confuse Desire and Reality'. In addition, Greene provides instruction on how to identify victims by type. Each fascinating character and each cunning tactic demonstrates a fundamental truth about who we are, and the targets we've become - or hope to win over. The Art of Seduction is an indispensable primer on the essence of one of history's greatest weapons and the ultimate power trip.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861977697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861977694
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction (both from Profile), has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.

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A good harmless flirting session reawakens the senses and lifts confidence. 'The Art of Seduction' is an essential primer. -- Harpers and Queen

About the Author

Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction (both from Profile), has a degree in Classical Studies and has been an editor at Esquire and other magazines. He is also a playwright and lives in Los Angeles.

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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Getting Laid 24 Jun 2003
For those who view sex as the epitome of personal relationships, then this may well be an essential read and resource.
However, this book is probably best suited for individuals who are already somewhat manipulative and self-centred in terms of courting and personal relationships. This book consistently hints towards the detachment of any real value for the intended ‘victim’ of seduction, coupled with recurrent suggestions of sexual favours as the ultimate achievement. In my opinion, many might eventually lose interest in this somewhat repetitive formula and glorification of what might be considered as decadence by some.
Furthermore, this book is an in-depth and lengthy writing, so only the most ardent and intrigued readers will see the entire volume through.
On the whole, I would say that this book serves well as a reference point for all self proclaimed and aspiring Casanova’s, with abundant accounts of exceptional seducers from both past and present. An interesting read, though certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, in-depth and in the know how 29 Mar 2006
The reactions and opinions regarding this book are controversial and this is normal. Its subject- seduction/manipulation whether direct or indirect is controversial in its essence. Regardless of whether we like it or not we are being manipulated every day with commercials, campaigns, offers, conversations, etc. That's why I think that it is better to know in details about them then to be a "victim". It is unpleasant to some extend that even the author uses "victim" but this is the ugly reality. There are winners, losers, and nothing in between. The big question this book asks you is: What's your choice? Are you going to be in the camp of the winners/seducers or in the camp of the victims who only watch how Tom, Dick and Harry take advantage of you day after day?

I believe that Greene made us a favour with this book presenting/exposing all of those types of seducers and their specific sly moves. You can better recognize and defend yourself armed with this knowledge. A mastery of seduction should go with mastery of sex. That's why in addition to this book I highly recommend the bestseller "Scientfically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex".
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful 28 Jun 2007
This book offers the knowledge of power over other people. You can learn how to get them to do what you want. You can manipulate them. I would have liked to have seen more examples of use in today's time by average people, instead of all historical figures and times. Just be careful not to go too far. Hopefully, the people reading the book have some morals and won't abuse the power, which could easily happen. Alot of guys read this just for the use of the power on women. But it's more than that. It's power on people in general. A very insightful read. Other good reads in this area, applicable to dating, are GOD IS A WOMAN: DATING DISASTERS, MYSTERY METHOD, and THE GAME.
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83 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seductive Failure 21 Jan 2005
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The lessons on seduction, at bottom, can really only work if one's targeted victim has some weakness or vulnerability of character. (Green warns to stay away from confident, grounded individuals) Through subtly stalking your intended victim, listening to their every word, stroking their ego, thus discovering their weakness, you can then supply the necessary requirement, whether it be excitement, adventure, danger, loving parenting, add a little time and patience, your victim will eventually fall under your spell. This particular strategy of discovering weakness, focusing on needs, and appealing to an individual's ego, is as old as the pyramids themselves. What's interesting, however, is that this strategy works and continues to be used by individuals and organizations everywhere - but we continue to fall for the scam. And do not be fooled by Green's language and impressive erudite examples from the great works of literature - a scam is a scam no matter how you communicate it.
The text itself is a play on seduction. Green uses the two most seductive and sought after aspects of our existence to reel us into his tutorial: sex and power. None of us want to be victims, in fact we all want to dominate, be the winners, gratify our base and exalted desires. Do you want to unknowingly be seduced or be the seducer? The answer, of course, is evident. Green knows this and uses this strategy by proposing that he can give us an edge, supplying the means to attain our every desire.
In the end, after reading this text from cover to cover, I asked myself the question, what did I learn? What I learned is that certain individuals and organizations will go to any lengths, ethically or otherwise, to dominate others and get what they want. All things considered, it is better to know than to not know, no matter how unsavoury the subject matter.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Real Help 20 Aug 2003
By A Customer
If what you are looking for is intelligent analysis and effective methods of seduction (sexual or of the heart and mind) then this book will dissapoint you like it did me. What it contains is interesting, readable and well presented but nothing else. I particularly enjoyed the historic studies of seductions. Enjoyed as stories, but didn't find them practically useful or to contain much wisdom. For a real book on power in all aspects relationships try 21st Century Fox by Paradise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not too good not too bad
pros: lots of material and different topics covered, many many examples

cons: too much theory and storytelling, it becomes tedius to go through 400+ pages when more than... Read more
Published 20 days ago by jacopo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by George
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappoited is an understatement
I've read this book 5 times but the postman still runs away every morning shouting abuse at me.

I think the author may have left some critical words out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S J MCIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm booked!!!
This title is needed for study/reference, and chosen for specific reasons. Good read with information required for the needs, however this title by Robert Greene would make good... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Makrorich
4.0 out of 5 stars Is an Ok book
This book is very easy to read it has in stories of all kind of seduction of all eras and you can learn alot about phsycology of human nature and mistakes to avoid ,not what i was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kostas Lolis
3.0 out of 5 stars boring book
Should have bought 'The 48 Laws of Power' as it has better reviews.

Art of seduction isn't engaging and is often boring to read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. R. Montagnini
5.0 out of 5 stars Art of seduction
An historical look at techniques and examples of the sublime, and sometimes the not so sublime art of seduction. An interesting read,
Published 18 months ago by Steve Perks
1.0 out of 5 stars Basically rubbish
I really got bored of this very quickly, and didn't get more than half way.
Its repetitive and uninteresting. Dont bother.
Published 19 months ago by Paul Eveleigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Kindle Price
Well worth the Kindle price, the book is definitely an eye opener. Must admit the Kindle version needs some editing work, it has a lot of gramitical and editing errors but is still... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read
I was recommended this book by a friend. I found it really interesting however, it was hard to follow in some places. I would recommend this book to people with curious minds.
Published 21 months ago by Jez Hughes
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