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Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them Hardcover – February 4, 2013
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“Betsy Prioleau’s witty and compelling book is a fresh take on the question of what women want. I wholly agree with her thesis that the true seducer is not the swaggering Don Juan of myth and melodrama, but the ordinary-looking man who likes, loves, and listens to women.” (Molly Haskell, author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisted)
“A fun, frothy complement to cultural historian Prioleau’s Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World (2003)… A merrily readable literary history/dating manual.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Betsy Prioleau’s vivacious prose grabs the reader, as does her marvelous wit, her insight into sexual desire, and her extraordinary research. It’s a fascinating, very sexy read, especially her interviews with great lovers of today who detail why they’re so successful in their seduction of women.” (Barbara Taylor Bradford, author of Letter from a Stranger)
“Swoon is a revelatory―and revolutionary―work that radically expands our understanding of human desire and unveils the mysteries surrounding passionate love. Prioleau answers Freud’s vexed question: "What do women want?" It is also a profound cultural history of eros with evocative case studies of great seducers. The reader of this remarkable book will be happily seduced and enlightened.” (Peter J. Buckley, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
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There's nothing simplistic about the female brain, body and soul- intricately divine and sublimely refined, it really does take a grand master in love to figure out what makes us Venuses...Swoon!
Betsy Prioleau presents us with the great seducers of all times to figure out what it is that makes some men really `get' what women want. From the very beginning, even the Greek gods, moved heaven and earth for love. But by far, the grandest of all lovers in history was Giacomo Casanova. The perfect ladies' man, Casanova captured women's minds, their heart, their fantasies and ultimately their soul. He was genuinely interested and completely devoted to pleasing women- he understood what they needed and wanted.
Betsy Prioleau's research brings us closer to the men in history and their captivating ways. The men she describes (tons of historical figures, which include Voltaire, Gabriele D'Annunzio, the 18th c. duc de Richelieu, to name a few- and the modern ones as well- Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger and Woody Allen too!)-all of them devoted to being ladies' men.
SWOON grabs you from the very beginning. It's everything you want to know about the great lovers in history. Definitely a sexy read, Swoon will have you admitting that yes! this really is what women want- from way back, and that there really is a recipe for love. It leads you to the realization that some things will never really change when it comes to love from a woman's point of view. Women need and crave to be loved to the most heightened of their senses- passionately, completely yes, but a true lover knows that he'll have to get through her mind first (but not solely)- Betsy Prioleau has a chapter on that. It's called, Mental Intercourse...Read more ›
SWOON is not a dating or pick-up guide, but it does provide some insight to those reading it for advice. It turns out that while many great lady-killers throughout history have possessed some of the characteristics Prioleau details, it is unnecessary to have all of them. This undoubtedly will be a comfort to modern men who aren’t great dancers or poets. In fact, there are really only a few qualities that are necessary to bring a man to the fore of seduction. While cooking and expert wordplay are valuable, they are expendable. Caring, attention and sincerity are found in Prioleau’s champions --- and they are the keys to being a one-in-a-million lover.
Prioleau covers her bases; she includes information from evolutionary theory, literature, history, popular culture, and primary sources (often in the form of interviews with men who have been identified by anonymous women as Lotharios). For those reading the book for more than its entertainment value, the credibility her research loans the work is a boon. It is also rather unusual to encounter a book that is enjoyable on both sensual and cerebral levels.Read more ›
This book would have been far more provocative had the author put more leg work into tracking down unlikely lotharios whose names will not merit a Wikipedia page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good book to help a man learn to please and understand what a woman wants.Published 3 months ago by R L C
This book clears the air. Without it I would still be lost. Thank you Betsy for reminding me who I am.Published 6 months ago
I could give it 5 stars because of the quality of the research and writing, but after reading about two thirds of it, I'm pretty sure I have no hope of ever having sex again.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Very encouraging to me as one that loves deeply, romantically and with everything I am. I love the most wonderful woman in the world and never hold back! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry M. Anderson
All in all it's a good and interesting read and gives you a great deal of perspective on these men's abilities ,but gives a generalization on how they were able to go about and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert C. Ford
Ok, I get it: Great seducers don't have to be great looking. They have charisma, case closed. If you're interested in men who have what it takes to make women swoon, buy this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Johnny Cast
It often seems that people (men especially) are surprised to find out that Don Knotts was something of a ladies man. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alice in Wondland