Book Review: The Game, Penetrating the secret society of pickup artists

New York Best Times Bestseller 2005 


Genre   Non-Fiction

Pages 466

Year of Publish 2005


Neil Strauss is a ten-time New York Times best-selling author. His books, The Game and Rules of The Game, for which he went undercover in a secret society of pickup artists for two years, made him af worldwide movie star and an accidental hero to guys round the world. Both books topped The New York Times best-seller list and have been #1 on Amazon, and the former has the dubious distinction of being the most stolen e book at Barnes & Noble except The Bible.  

“Beauty is common but what is rare is the great energy and outlook on life.”


The book narrates the trip of how Strauss goes via the levels of turning into a pickup artist (a description of the contributors of the community) and positive aspects the pseudonym “Style”. He befriends many of the pickup artists, specifically Mystery. The book focuses on how to achieve the elusive higher hand, or simply hand, in a relationship. Strauss advocates quite a number methods, in most cases from the factor of view of heterosexual men. He affords similarly suggestions for the system of seduction, which consist of getting ready matters to say earlier than going out and telling businesses of ladies surreptitiously extraordinary stories. He additionally makes use of “false time constraints” (a purpose that the dialog may want to stop very soon) to put the female of pastime in a scenario the place she need to persuade the man she is interesting, discusses how to very slowly enlarge the quantity of bodily contact, and more.  

  Strauss tells the story of his success, the spreading of the romantic neighborhood itself, and his lifestyles at “Project Hollywood”, a high-end mansion and a way of life design shared via Strauss, Mystery, Playboy, Papa, Tyler Durden, Herbal, and different participants of the seduction community. He importantly points out how rivalries and animosity between individuals of the neighborhood lead to Project Hollywood’s fall down and archives the beginning of “Real Social Dynamics” led through Tyler Durden and Papa. By the cease of his story, Strauss concludes that a lifestyle of nothing however choosing up ladies is “for losers”, and he advocates incorporating pickup artist techniques into a extra balanced life.   


Can you believe this? Pickup artist is a concealed creed. As I finished the book, I had no doubt in its opening statement- 

    “Men will deny it, women will doubt it, but I present it to you here, naked, vulnerable and disturbingly real. I beg you for your forgiveness in advance.”

I am a kindle reader and it is my habit to highlight important sentences. Believe me, of all the books a read, I never laughed or highlighted things at this scale. The Game is entertaining, connecting, full of highs and lows. I think the most successful writers have a common trait- to make it visualize to readers and break the content to simplest form. No doubt “The Game” was a bestseller, it has to be.

It can be clubbed under the famous ‘Art of Seduction’ category. Readers can consider it as self-help book (for special help), but I was aligned towards knowing the journey of Style (earned name of author). He created his way of seduction learning from the greatest players in the game. Traveling the world, failing, learning and coming out as a brand in pickup artist community. The lessons that he learned – the psychology at work on the subject and how to manipulate it – will simply blow your mind away. The art of picking up a girl. Any girl. Exciting! isn’t it?

Just a warning though. This book is not about finding love. Far from it. If you understand what I mean. It does not involve learning methods to change how you think but how you make your subject think.

I will not recommend this book. But you will still go for it. 😎

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