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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists Kindle Edition
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Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the bestselling author and journalist, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the last decade—guaranteed to change the lives of men and transform the way women understand the opposite sex forever.
On his journey from AFC (average frustrated chump) to PUA (pick-up artist) to PUG (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss, and Courtney Love. And then things really start to get strange—and passions lead to betrayals lead to violence. The Game is the story of one man's transformation from frog to prince to prisoner in the most unforgettable book of this generation.
Mystery is an aspiring Toronto magician who charges $2,250 for a weekend pickup workshop. He is not much to look at: a cross between a vampire and a computer geek. But by using high-powered marketing techniques he's turned seduction into an effortless craft--even inventing his own vocabulary. His technique sounds like a car salesman's tip sheet: his main rule is FMAC--find, meet, attract, close. He employs the "three-second rule"--always approach a woman within three seconds of first seeing her in order to avoid getting shy. Other tricks: Intrigue a beautiful woman by pretending to be unaffected by her charm; also, never hit on a woman right away. Start with a disarming, innocent remark, like "Do you think magic spells work?" or "Oh my god, did you see those two girls fighting outside?" And finally, the most important characteristic of the pickup artist--smile.
After two years, Strauss ends up becoming almost as successful as Mystery, but he comes to an important realization. His techniques were actually off-putting to the woman he ended up falling in love with. And they never prepared him for actually having a relationship. After a while, he ran out of one-liners and had to have a real conversation. Still, The Game is a great read that may help some AFCs come out of their shells. --Alex Roslin--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
“The funniest book I have read all year.” -- Tony Parsons
“Neil Strauss has it all figured out. When it comes to the mating dance, Strauss knows how to lead.” -- Chicago Sun-Times
“Strauss is a superstar…a stunningly explicit book.” -- The Times (London)
“The book everyone’s talking about.” -- GQ
“Touching and witty, four stars.” -- Time Out New York
“Probably the most important self-help book you’ll ever read.” -- Sunday Sport
“The first time the alphabet of male seduction has been painstakingly translated and written down.” -- The Observer
“The single guy’s bible.” -- The Daily Express
“a fascinating window into a world that Strauss has brought up from the underground. It’s impossible to put down.” -- Calgary Herald --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B007MAXHUG
- Publisher : It Books (May 1 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 8233 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 513 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,435 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3 in Sociology of Men
- #7 in Men Gender Studies eBooks
- #39 in Interpersonal Relations eBooks
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That is was written as a story actually made it even more dull. A how to guide might have at least been fun to read.
Maybe useful if you want to learn to be a manipulative weirdo.
'Mate' by Tucker Maxx covers similar ground and is infinitely better.
Players of 'The Game', treat women as targets that should be seduced, convinced (or even tricked) and conquered. They justify anti-social or aggressive behaviours of themselves through a kind of social Darwinism and then define sexual intercourse as the ultimate gaol to be achieved with their targets. People who can go through all these stages easily and successfully call themselves PUAs, eventually becoming obsessed with this pattern, giving up all the normal life to play and teach 'The Game' for living. In fact, Neil demonstrates that 'The Game' is not as interesting as it sounds at first and can be quite difficult to cope with its consequences.
Leaving the story behind, the book has some good points and quotes to offer. If you read the book until the end with an open-mind, you can easily spot the references to real invaluable stuff like the body-language analysis, human psychology and evolutionary biology. You can read on them to understand human interaction with the opposite sex and play your own version of the game.