The Game

The Game

Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

Book - 2005
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The best-selling author of The Dirt describes his international travels to the bars and clubs of men who have made an art form of picking up and seducing women and shares the inside secrets of a master hypnotist, a millionaire, a spiritualist, and many others. 35,000 first printing.


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, 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 year -- 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 the year.

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The author and his friends become preoccupied with perfecting their techniques in seducing women, until an unexpected meeting with a female guitarist makes him question his lifestyle.

Publisher: New York, NY : ReganBooks, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060554736
Branch Call Number: 306.7 St82g
Characteristics: 452 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 09, 2018

You can learn a couple things from this book; however, most of it is common sense and as others have stated the characters are incredibly uninteresting. The author attempts to do his best Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo style, but the writing is painfully unfunny and below average. Surely there are better sources of information out there than this.

Nov 05, 2015

A bible, literally, for the promiscuous looking to be even more promiscuous (thank goodness for alcohol they must think, otherwise how would these people hook up?). But then sex is not intended to fulfill you intellectually, nor does a book like this do that I realized in the first couple of pages. Not my cup of tea, obviously, so I "threw it back".

Nov 05, 2015

This book exposes the frightening reality of people preying on weak minded and insecure prey. I found it fascinating and repulsive. Mostly repulsive though.

ravishri May 04, 2014

Movie-like narrative; very engaging & quite a personal journey for Neil Strauss!

My review is based on the belief that the entire story is true. That said, it is not really much of a stretch for me to believe that it is true given my life experience as a "nice guy" (or "AFC" as per the book's terminology).

The biggest impact the book has had on me is to realize that it is not wrong for a guy to want to or try to be alpha. I have also realized that noggin g& picking-up women is not really a bad thing coz for it to happen it needs the overt or tacit consent from the woman. So guys done need to act "gentlemanly" unnecessarily. If you do some other jerk is gonna walk away with the woman you fancy... its just as simple as that.

Most people only look at this book from a moral point of view, i.e. their judgement on whether "picking up" women is right or wrong. Moreover, it is generally the women who feel that "picking up" women at bars & clubs is wrong. Guys, for the most part, tacitly seem to accept the reality - which is that in most cases the loudest and possibly the guy with better natural looks (AMOG: Alpha Male of the Group) typically gets his pick of women. I find this to be in sharp contrast with what women claim to like in a man - decency,politeness & even sense of humor. I wonder if the "10"-type women are actually aware of this contrast (and are just trying to be politically correct) or whether they actually live their lives with this lie... I guess I will never know.

In this situation, I do not believe that PUAs are actually "wrong" to go out and do their thing.

If you must take any learning from this story, it is:

a) realize that if a person - any person - truly commits to a particular goal it is only a matter of time before it is achieved.

b) the pick-up artist lifestyle is only attractive up to a certain point. Sooner or later you will want stability & recognition as well as a "day job" to support yourself - Always remember that and don't let sex be your only pursuit in life

c) Always respect yourself & carry yourself well. I have actually witnessed women getting attracted to self respecting guys even if they initially were not.

Jun 23, 2013

As a woman I found this book very interesting. Parts of this book are hard to believe however; for instance, that these methods work on ALL women (even ones in relationships). I think this book was meant to be more of a personal story of Neil Strauss and the bittersweet relationship he develops between himself and his own alter ego, "Style" than a "how to" book on picking up women. I can see how many of these tactics were devised and the psychology behind them and can appreciate the effort put forth by these men to overcome their own personal insecurities to pick up women. I think it could be a great influence for insecure men as well as a precautionary tale for those out there "sarging" as they call it. Overall an interesting rainy weekend read for men or women.

rstucke35 Jan 21, 2013

This book is good not great. If you are looking for exact secrets and methods to pick up chics, look elsewhere (mystery method & the internet). And this book isn't filled with immense amounts of sexual debauchery either.

This book is basically the summary of the evolving life of the writer as he becomes a pickup artist and the drama that unfolds in the culture as it grows. While entertaining it is (teenage-like) drama filled and overall lacks the content that one would hope. The book is amusing in general, and well written. I enjoyed the short chapters.

jesseboyd Apr 21, 2012

This book is entertaining and yet a horrible example of male behavior and not at all a proper way to meet a girl. Lying and playing games is just plain silly. When I see guys trying this, I just have to laugh. If you like pickup check out "the Day Game" or "the Art of Charm" podcasts.

Oct 06, 2010

Very good book. I train people in Sales. This whole book is really about selling your self and the importance of language.

I would recommend that people read it not so much to learn about the game, but to learn about people on how we make choices.

Feb 12, 2010

Awesome book, this book will change your life.

Oct 20, 2009

Well written. A great book. Hard to believe that this is non-fiction from the way it reads. Somewhat unbelievably perfect at times. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something different and interesting


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Apr 23, 2014

I got Lasik surgery, shedding my nerdy glasses once and for all. I paid to get my teeth laser-whitened. And I joined a gym and took up surfing, which was not only a cardiovascular workout but also a way to get tan.

Apr 23, 2014

I invented Style, my alter ego. And in the course of two years, Style became more popular than I ever was -- especially with women.


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