Book Review: The Art of Seduction

June 2, 2010

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.

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“Seduction is the desire of being overwhelmed, taken beyond.”

When folks see the title of this book, I bet the majority think The Art Of Seduction is about getting (wo)men to want you sexually. That theory I’d liken to, say, believing that money is about buying flashy cars, jewelry, and making it rain in nightclubs. Yes, you can do that, but it goes much, much deeper.

People may also think, “If you have a wife/husband/bf/gf, why would you need to read a book on seduction?” If you’ve read any Robert Greene work (or any of my reviews of his work), you know that this book is more deep than some “For Dummies” or How-To guide. And you would think higher of me than to be reading that. Right?

Anyway, I won’t lie: Seduction currently ranks 4th on my list of Greene works (he has written 4 books). Don’t take that to mean that Seduction isn’t worth it — Greene is my favorite author and if he dropped a new book today it’d go straight to the top of my priority list (kinda like me saying that the 1993 Michael Jordan — in which he won Finals MVP and a third consecutive NBA title — was my least favorite MJ).

Seduction deals with the human desire for pleasure and how one can place herself to be the one that provides that pleasure. And we know that pleasure does not always mean in the physical form. Selling oneself to the masses (á la JFK, Obama, or Tickle-Me Elmo) is a form of seduction.

An indirect way of making yourself desirable to another. Who wouldn’t want to know how that works?

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