The Art of Seduction

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The Art of Seduction
Art of Seduction Cover.jpeg
AuthorRobert Greene
SubjectStrategy, self-help, philosophy
PublisherProfile Books
Publication date
Preceded byThe 48 Laws of Power 
Followed byThe 33 Strategies of War 

The Art of Seduction (2001) is the second book by American author Robert Greene.[1][2] The book examines social power through the lens of seduction and was an international bestseller.[3]


The book profiles nine types of seducers (with an additional profile for an "anti-seducer") and eighteen types of victims.[4][5] Greene uses examples from historical figures such as Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova, Duke Ellington and John F. Kennedy to support the psychology behind seduction.[6] The book contains 24 seduction techniques.[7] Greene saw The Art of Seduction as the logical follow-up to The 48 Laws of Power since seduction is "about power and manipulation as much as it is about romance, about how to make someone fall under your spell."[8]


It is mentioned in Neil Strauss' book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists as a recommended book in the seduction community.[9] Jessica Alba was given The Art of Seduction from friend and filmmaker Bille Woodruff after a break-up and American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney found the book to be a fascinating study in human behavior.[10][11] The Art of Seduction and Greene have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Esquire, and Wired.[1][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Greene considers himself a Reformed Rake, one of the types of seducers mentioned in the book,[13] and states that he used the book's techniques to attract his current girlfriend, Anna Biller.[18] He is working to develop a television series based on the book.[11]


  1. ^ a b Colman, David (August 3, 2003). "POSSESSED; Seduction's Earthy Scent". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Greene, Robert (2003). The Art of Seduction. Penguin. p. 467. ISBN 0142001198.
  3. ^ Lee, Chris (July 12, 2006). "Laws for an Outlaw Culture". LA Times.
  4. ^ Bruce, Robert (October 21, 2001). "The Art of Seductive Writing: A Conversation with Robert Greene". Copy Blogger.
  5. ^ Eddie Lennon (September 4, 2003). "Seduce them by the book". The Irish Independent.
  6. ^ Groth, Aimee (June 4, 2012). "Robert Greene Tells Us What People Don't Understand About Power". Business Insider.
  7. ^ Spector, Dina. "24 Rules Of Seduction". Business Insider. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Brady, Emma (April 21, 2004). "The Art of Seduction: Finding the Man or Woman of Your Dreams is no Longer a Matter of Being". Birmingham Post.
  9. ^ Strauss, Neil (May 24, 2011). "A Seducer's Library: The Top Game Books". Neil Strauss.
  10. ^ Hensley, Dennis. "Jessica Alba: "Things I Can't Live Without!"". Marie Claire. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
  11. ^ a b c Chang, Andrea. American Apparel's in-house guru shows a lighter side. The Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2011.
  12. ^ LaPorte, Nicole (February 20, 2011). "Bachelor Brad Womack's Hidden Brilliance". Newsweek.
  13. ^ a b Paumgarten, Nick (November 6, 2006). "FRESH PRINCE; Hip-hop's Machiavelli". The New Yorker.
  14. ^ Yuan, Jada. "A Man Walks Out of a Bar; Can notorious pickup artist Neil Strauss really leave the game behind?". New York Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2006.
  15. ^ Penn, Faye (October 24, 2001). "He wrote the book of lust - author turns the pickup into Art".
  16. ^ Strauss, Neil. "What It Feels Pick Up Britney Spears". Esquire. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
  17. ^ Ferreira, Becky. "Trouble Hooking Up? There's an App for That". Wired. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  18. ^ Boudreau, Josh (January 16, 2004). "Seduction is an Art, not a Science: Patience, Self Confidence works for Seducers of Both Sexes". San Jose Mercury News.

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