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Art of Seduction PDF-Robert Greene’s previous best seller, The 48 Laws of Power, distilled 3,000 years of scheming into a guide People praised as “beguiling… literate… fascinating” and Kirkus denounced as “an anti-Book of Virtues.”

In Art of Seduction, Greene returns with a new instruction audiobook on the most subtle, elusive, and effective form of power because seduction isn’t really about sex. It’s about manipulating other people’s greatest weakness: their desire for pleasure.

Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, reporting the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want any way we can.

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Robert Greene (born May 14, 1959) is an American author of books on strategy, power, and seduction.[1][2] He has written six international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent), Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature
Early life
The younger son of Jewish parents,[4] Greene grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Berkeley before finishing his degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in classical studies.[5] Before becoming an author, Greene estimates that he worked 80 jobs, including as a construction worker, translator, magazine editor, and Hollywood movie writer.[6] In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school in Italy, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers.[1] Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and wrote a treatment which eventually became The 48 Laws of Power. He would note this as the turning point of his life
The 48 Laws of Power
Greene’s first book, The 48 Laws of Power, first published in 1998, is a practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm themselves against power. The laws are a derived from the lives of strategists and historical figures like Niccolò Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Haile Selassie I, Carl von Clausewitz, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, and P.T. Barnum.[8][9] Each law has its own chapter, complete with a “transgression of the law,” “observance of the law,” and/or a “reversal.”

The 48 Laws of Power has sold more than 1.2 million copies[10] and has been referenced by 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Quincy “QD3″ Jones III, Chris Lighty, Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Michael Jackson,[11] Courtney Love,[12] and Will Smith,[1][3][6][9][13][14] Busta Rhymes used The 48 Laws of Power to deal with problematic movie producers.[6]

The 48 Laws of Power has been mentioned in songs by Jay Z, Kanye West, and Drake and in videos by The Kid LAROI and Central Cee.[3][15][16][17][18]

Greene has claimed former Cuban President Fidel Castro had also read the book.[1] The Libyan politician Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, read his books as part of his reading routine.[19]

The 48 Laws of Power is one of the most requested books in American prison libraries.[20] Several American prisons have banned The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War.[21]

The Sunday Times noted that The 48 Laws of Power has become the “Hollywood back-stabber’s bible” and that although the book is reportedly used by some business executives, it is difficult to find people who publicly acknowledge its influence because of the book’s controversial nature.[22][23] Greene responds to this sentiment by stating, “These laws… people might say, ‘Oh they’re wicked’, but they’re practiced day in and day out by businesspeople. You’re always trying to get rid of your competition and it can be pretty bloodthirsty, and that’s just the reality.”[5][9]

A movie titled Never Outshine the Master is in development, based on the book.[24] Drake is producing a cinematic series on the book.[25]

The Art of Seduction
Main article: The Art of Seduction
Greene’s second book, The Art of Seduction, was published in 2001.[26] The book profiles the nine types of seducers (e.g. The Rake, The Siren, and The Charmer) and details aspects of attraction, authenticity, storytelling, and negotiation.[27][28] Greene uses examples from historical figures such as Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova, Duke Ellington and John F. Kennedy to support the psychology behind seduction.[29][30]

The Art of Seduction is mentioned in Neil Strauss’ book The Game as a recommended book in the seduction community.[31] It has sold more than 500,000 copies.[32]

The 33 Strategies of War
Main article: The 33 Strategies of War
The 33 Strategies of War is the third book by Greene and was published in 2007.[33] The book is divided into five parts: Self-Directed Warfare, Organizational (Team) Warfare, Defensive Warfare, Offensive Warfare and Unconventional (Dirty) Warfare.[33] The book is a guide to the campaign of everyday life and distills military wisdom from historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Sun Tzu, Alfred Hitchcock, Alexander the Great and Margaret Thatcher.

The Sunday Times called the book “an excellent toolkit for dealing with business and relationships,” and The Independent claims that Greene is “setting himself up as a modern-day Machiavelli” but that “it is never clear whether he really believes what he writes or whether it is just his shtick, an instrument of his will to shift £20 hardbacks.”NBA player Chris Bosh stated that his favorite book is The 33 Strategies of War.It has sold more than 200,000 copies.

The 50th Law
Main article: The 50th Law
The 50th Law is the fourth book by Greene—written collaboratively with rapper 50 Cent—and was published in 2009.The book mixes talk of strategy and fearlessness by supplementing anecdotes from 50 Cent’s rise as both a young urban hustler and as an up-and-coming musician with lessons from various historical figures.Each of the 10 chapters in the book explains a factor of fearlessness and begins by telling how 50 learned this “Fearless Philosophy” in Southside Queens.[

The book debuted at #5 on The New York Times Bestseller list and was a USA Today bestseller.

Mastery
Main article: Mastery (book)
Greene’s fifth book, Mastery, was released on November 13, 2012.[54] Mastery examines the lives of both historical and contemporary figures such as Charles Darwin, Paul Graham, the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Mozart, and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters.[55] The book is divided into six sections, each focusing on essential lessons and strategies on the path to Mastery

Mastery reached #6 on The New York Times Bestseller list and was featured in CNN Money, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Business Insider, Forbes, Management Today, and Fast Company.

The Laws of Human Nature
Greene’s sixth book, The Laws of Human Nature, was released in October 2018.

The book examines people’s conscious and unconscious drives, motivations, and cognitive biases.[65]
Media
Greene’s work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, The New Yorker, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Week, Business Insider, Fast Company, Slate, and XXL.Greene has also appeared on The Today Show, CNBC, ABC, and MTV News.

In 2013, Robert did a presentation on his book Mastery on Talks at Google.[75] Later in the year, he did a presentation on TED titled “The key to transforming yourself”.[76] In 2016, a previous presentation of Robert’s was uploaded at Microsoft Research titled “War, Power, Strategy”.[77] In 2019, he did another presentation on Talks at Google on his book The Laws of Human Nature.[78]

Personal life
Greene lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Anna Biller, who is a filmmaker.[6] Greene can speak five languages and is a student of Zen Buddhism.[5] Art of Seduction PDF

Greene is a mentor for Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic.[79]

Greene supported Barack Obama in the 2012 United States presidential election and identifies with liberal politics.[80] Greene says Donald Trump misunderstands power.[81]

When asked in 2012 if he is religious, Greene said “I’m Jewish but I don’t have a hardcore spiritual practice. I’m not hardcore Atheist; I’m sort of how Einstein was: He wasn’t a believer in the Jewish God. I’m intrigued by the sense that there’s something there.”[82]

Greene suffered a serious stroke before launching his new book The Laws of Human Nature in 2018. It was caused by a blood clot in his neck and temporarily left him without the use of his left hand and leg.[83]

Bibliography
1998 The 48 Laws of Power (with Joost Elffers)
2001 The Art of Seduction
2006 The 33 Strategies of War
2009 The 50th Law (with 50 Cent)
2012 Mastery
2018 The Laws of Human Nature
2021 The Daily Laws

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  • Listening Length 22 hours and 51 minutes
    Author Robert Greene
    Narrator Joseph Powers
    Audible.com Release Date May 01, 2015
    Publisher HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
    Program Type Audiobook
    Version Unabridged
    Language English
    Identification Number B00X0TKYKE
  • Book Name : Art of Seduction PDF

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D. Sink “Let me say that the rules in this book are tried and true throughout history, and are still being used successfully to this day. Now a lot of people are complaining that this book is a how to guide to being a sociopath. If you approach it from the perspective that you should follow every rule to the T….then yes, this is that, but the reality is that you should take note on these tactics and employ them piecemeal to succeed in seduction and gaining power. You can use these tactics for good as well. Robert Greene himself when asked if he follows all of his rules he said: “Everyone assumes I practise all of my own laws but I don’t. I think anybody who did would be a horrible ugly person to be around,” ….. So use these tactics to succeed. Hell the dating aspect can be used to make sure good people don’t get seduced by psychopaths, and you can employ this to get someone you like while help them avoid the genuinely bad.” Art of Seduction PDF

Bill “This book is formatted as a list of principles of seduction, with each principle having its own chapter full of stories, quotes, and historical anecdotes. The writing style is sensationalist – the best way I can describe it is to imagine that a cartoon supervillain is giving you advice on relationships.

It is interesting, but it would be foolish to see it as a literal how-to guide for seduction.

The reason I say this is that if you take the “principles” too literally and try to apply them without discretion to your own life, you are likely to burn yourself and others while attracting mostly insecure or naive people into your life. In other words, don’t go overboard with the edginess that this book espouses, because it’s a spice used by the writer and (I hope) not meant as genuine advice. Art of Seduction PDF

Instead, I suggest this book is best seen as food for thought – a collection of musings and stories on select topics with a Machiavellian twist. It’s got plenty ideas about the dark side of human nature for the reader to chew on; for example, the idea that desire is mimetic, the idea of “planting seeds” through suggestion, and the idea that playing on peoples’ desires and subtly promising to lead them to their dreams is a quick (albeit immoral) road to their hearts.

You may get more value out of this book if you consider it as a story-collection rather than a dating guide. Don’t take the book’s “advice” too seriously!

Final verdict:
7/10 would not recommend, but kind of interesting”

Topher T. “This is going to be a long review, so don’t bother reading unless you want a real verdict.

The first thing you might have noticed when fixing your gaze on my post is the attached image. I’d like to point out that this book did in fact come in good physical condition. As a matter of fact, the reason I post my book, with the gold-colored lettering faded and the pages tattered, is to demonstrate just how interesting it is, whether you agree with the message, or tone, or not. I just finished this book this morning, and I do tend to juggle two or three books at a time, but what I noticed I did with this book was something unique to my usual reading habits; I took this book nearly everywhere. Anywhere I went in which I expected a period of time to sit idly, I bought this book. Almost always bought to work with me (even if it sat in my car and I didn’t read it on break every time, I wanted to know it was there in case I wanted to read it), to the mechanic if I was sitting around for a lengthy fix, when I was still in college, I would read it on breaks between classes. I will say this to start – this book is engaging. The subject matter is fascinating and Greene does do it a service by going in depth, which as I’ll reveal at the end of this review, is also the book’s greatest weakness. Art of Seduction PDF

Now, as for the subject matter and tone, let me address this in as blunt a manner as I possibly can. I am certainly not a postmodernist progressive, this is the framework I imagine this kind of cynical Machiavellian utilitarianism comes from, the “ends justify the means” school of thought is the dominant idealogocial lens here. Some may be uncomfortable with it, and I don’t blame them. We live in a [mostly] civilized world, and if we were all certain everyone was a scheming sociopath, our world would be in even greater bedlam than it already is. I’m a rather conservative man, I believe in some degree of honesty, and morality. I’m also a hedonist when it comes to consensual erotic pursuits. I enjoy dabbling in degeneracy, if it adds any veneer of legitimacy to my words when discussing such a potentially subversive topic, and especially in the way Greene does. That said, as some other reviews have mentioned, I believe this book has SOME universal truth to it, but as a whole seduction is not the only truth of our capacity to love and interact with others. Notice how a large portion (I can’t be bothered to tally them all up and give you an exact percentage but I’m confident it would be greater than 50%) of the accounts given as examples are from 18th and 19th century France, be they historical or literary, and of a specific social class. The nobility was the embodiment of the kind of spoiled celebrity culture we have today in the form of something like TMZ, with the sons and daughters of kings, queens, dukes, nobles, and even just independently wealthy families all being spectacles for the peasantry and lower working classes who generally outnumbered them. The kinds of boredom that lead to these flights of fancy come from people who are easily identified by a healthy enough mind as inherently flawed, broken, inherently unfulfilled. I like to point this out to others who I talk to about this book because it’s a great example of how people who never had to struggle behave when left to their own devices. Granted, there are examples from more modern times, like Errol Flynn, Duke Ellington, and JFK, but they all play on that inherent status that these men achieved, and there is an undeniable separation between us, the “commoners” of our time and these men, ascended to levels of admiration that brings them attention and status that would make seducing anyone even a little easier. This is one of my two major complaints about this book – I don’t know when Greene began writing this but with online dating and such a strangely changed world, this book, originally published in 2003 as best I can tell, is missing a large chunk of insight about how these principles might apply to a modern disposable dating world. We do not fancy this kind of drawn out courting anymore. It is not the norm to have sophisticated flirting in exotic locations, because most people are not wealthy celebrities or royalty. Now again, these examples play with some inherent truths and can be applied on a smaller level to the average man or woman, but I’d be lying if I didn’t at times feel excluded by the stature of those being given as examples. Art of Seduction PDF

Getting back to the morality and methodry of the book, yes, it is shamelessly utilitarian. It does read like a Harvard educated Dennis Reynold’s guide to seduction. As for it being offensive to the point of being a bad read or a bad product for existing – that’s just ridiculous Nancy Reagan level virtue signaling nonsense. Even I laughed at some of the quotes Greene included, there was, towards the end of the book, a quote something to the effect of “a mutual romantic encounter is never a seduction”. I understand how the more morally centered could read that as problematic and rapey, but can you deny that when it comes to non-serious relationships, for those of you critical to the subject matter, that some of the ideas discussed here were not in play? Certainly, the author has what can be described as an apathetic outlook on humanity, that much I disagree with. In spite of the edgy style of writing, can you honestly say that what is being told is untrue, if not exaggerated?

My second issue with this book, and with Greene’s style in general (I have another of his on audiobook and I experience the same problem despite the easier to absorb format) is his writing style. Now, as you can tell, I’m verbose myself. I can’t help but pour as many details into a point as my mind can craft while typing or speaking them. Even I, however, can recognize the value of brevity when it comes to dispensing advice on matters of social conduct and arguably, philosophy. I mentioned earlier in my review that I enjoyed reading this book, and I did, because of its subject matter. It is well written, and it is backed up by historical accounts, which is what Greene is educated in. But, between the library of quotes and excerpts in the side margins of nearly every page, and the excessive examples for some chapters, this book does become a slog to read through. Again, I enjoyed reading it, but only when I was in a specific mood to do so, hence my bringing it everywhere with me, should the mood strike. This book is like hard liquor. You might enjoy the odd glass or two, or a cocktail, but unless you’re an alcoholic, you’re going to stick to a lighter drink on most nights if you must drink at all. I appreciate the length Greene contributes so that his historical knowledge works in tandem with his wanton philosophizing, it reinforces his arguments without having to point to some vague social statistics that probably don’t exist or aren’t reliable enough to back up his claims in a “sanitary” enough scientific way – but damn if this book doesn’t grind on you if you don’t read it in bursts, which I imagine most people will want to do. And those bursts come sporadically (for me at least, and keep in mind it took me over a year to finally finish this book especially while I finished my last two semesters of classes). After the first couple of chapters I stopped reading the quotes entirely. I appreciate his inclusion of them, but perhaps he would have been better off placing them at the end of each chapter as an optional package, instead of formatting the book in a cluttered way that almost induces an anxiety to finish the page before you’re overwhelmed by text. Art of Seduction PDF

In sum, I’m morally dubious myself when it comes to the number of pursuits I’ve had and will have. I get it. I also agree there is room for what Greene decries as “awful” habitual love, for building a life together with someone, children and all, is NOT a matter of a lighthearted “game” as is his description of seduction. If the educated but naive read this book they may find themselves goaded into a life of casual sociopathy, and that’s not what I hope Greene intended to do here. He makes no mention of this, which is why I’m hesitant to assume his intentions, but I’ll add for my sake and for others who have read or are curious about purchasing this book – these principles are not rock solid laws. You have to apply a dose of reality to them. You can’t just whisk away a girl you matched with on Tinder to Paris, let alone to another state, with no planning or investment. They’ll think you’re coming on too strong, and you probably can’t afford to take a two week trip to Paris for a random tryst. I believe Greene would benefit from coming out with a sequel book (hopefully a much shorter one so as to not retread too much of what’s already here) on the modern era of dating and seduction.

Overall I give this book 4 stars, though on the wrong day I may have given it 3.5. It is certainly a good book, it is well written and informative. That’s not the problem here. The problem is the length in relationship to the structure, and the tone which can be offputting if you aren’t someone prone to frequent casual sex. I get it, but Greene either doesn’t, or doesn’t care. For the last section of the book (Appendix B) being about selling things to the masses, I wonder if Greene thought his book would be controversial or not. Still worth a read, but consider this wall of text before or as you do before purchasing it or rendering a verdict.” Art of Seduction PDF

 

 

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