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Touted as a "handbook on the most subtle and effective form of power" and "an indispensable primer on how to take what you want from whomever you want," this book is more than a little creepy. Following on the heels of his 48 Laws of Power, this book continues Greene's gross exploration of social power, this time in the realm of sexual politics. In Part 1, Greene, again paired with "packager" Joost Elffers (Play with Your Food), offers a straight-faced description of the nine types of seductive character, from the "Ideal Lover" to the "Rake." Elffers's contribution comes in the form of numerous quotes by famous contemporary and historical figures tucked into the side margins. Part 2 examines the process of seduction, subdivided into four phases, with chapter headings such as "Master the Art of Insinuation" and "Isolate the Victim." This book will have real appeal for power mongers, gold diggers, and heartless manipulators everywhere. Books such as Beverley East's Finding Mr. Write (LJ 5/1/00) and Jama Clark's What the Hell Do Women Really Want? (Island Flower, 1997) offer advice on the same subject without the distasteful exploitative emphasis. David Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA
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Greene is the author of The 48 Laws of Power (1998), a compilation of quotes from throughout history that prescribe methods of obtaining and wielding power. He now adds seduction to the mix of stratagems for those who feel the need to scheme to get what they want. Given the popularity of so-called reality-based television programs, it is clear there is a large audience of such people. Greene, again providing quotes on his topic from philosophers, scientists, playwrights, and novelists, examines "the achievements of the greatest seducers throughout history" and profiles 10 seductive archetypes. Although the tactics Greene advises may be distasteful to some, his literary survey is fascinating. As was Greene's previous work, this one is billed as "A Joost Elffers Production." Elffers is identified--with no hint of embarrassment--as a book "packager." A "quote" from a Newsweek review of The 48 Laws is used to hype the new book, though the actual article in which the quote appeared challenged Greene's credentials as an editor and playwright and offered only lukewarm praise. David Rouse
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Great book very informative on different types of personalities in the worldPublished 3 days ago by ivory phillpd
People will complain that cynacism and deception are the advocating points of this book. But the focus, is impress upon you awareness and knowledge. Read morePublished 5 days ago by james
Another masterpiece from Robert Greene. I have all of this 'Art' series and I refer to them often. This book could have been called 'how to get your way with others without them... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jennifer A. Hoffman
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Jungian psychology and ethical egoism is thematic all over this book. Read more
The book shows how famous rulers and leaders have made their place in history through their ability to communicate and influence people. Read morePublished 16 days ago by SUE
Bought it for a friend doing a SHU term in prison. She was very happy to receive this book.Published 22 days ago by Erika Schomberg
I highly recommend this book for whoever wants their sex to be sexier. I mostly liked the Cleopatra seduction methods.Published 29 days ago by Nora-