Summary of The Art of Seduction
First Edition: 2001
Copyright © Robert Greene and Joost Elffers, 2001
Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
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As is only appropriate, this small volume is sleek and appealing, with a glossy cover that draws the eye. It begs to be opened. Go ahead - the reward is a bonbon box full of clever diversions that might be handy if you use them right, a bit naughty if you don't, and even slyly humorous if you catch the whiff of satire. The text is broken into small - dare one say it, intimate? - morsels that you can read in stolen snatches of time. Author Robert Greene's observations on how to seduce (that is, persuade) are bordered with quotations from authors, philosophers and lovers, all offering entertaining support. However, potential seducers should note two key points. First, while Greene delivers his advice in terms of sexual seduction, if you are careful and interpretative, you may be able to apply pieces of it to general persuasion, including in business. On the downside, many of his techniques are pointedly sexy, over-the-top, amoral or manipulative. getAbstract thus recommends this book to those who study human nature for its own sake and for fun; those who will apply or modify any techniques to attain power over others; or those with the self-discipline to glean the gems, but turn away from taking unethical or illegal advantage.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to seduce anyone;
- How to use the principles of seduction; and
- Why seduction works.
About the Author
Robert Greene is a former editor at Esquire magazine and is the author of 48 Laws of Power. He has a degree in classical studies.
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