No more games; it's time for the truth. I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain.
Do you believe in monogamy? Neil Strauss didn't. The New York Times journalist made a name for himself advocating freedom, sex and opportunity as author of The Game - with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a backseat.
That is until he met the woman who forced him to ask the questions that men and women are asking themselves every day: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life? Do alternatives to monogamy lead to better relationships and greater happiness? Can you keep passion and romance from fading over time?
Strauss set out on a quest for answers. It took him from Viagra-laden free-love orgies to sex addiction clinics, from cutting-edge science labs to modern-day harems and, most terrifying of all, to his own mother and his family's secrets. What he discovered changed everything he knew about love, sex, relationships and, ultimately, himself. The Truth may have the same effect on you.
©2015 Neil Strauss (P)2015 Canongate Books
Neil taught me a lot about picking up women in my twenties. The tactics worked very well. These techniques allowed me to successfully 'open' and court my now wife. Like Neil, probably most people, our intimacy/love issues, likely result of childhood trauma have led to a very rocky marriage. Now I'm my thirties, married, I think the knowledge and Wisdom and 'The Truth' will be more effective on a deeper level for my personal development than 'The Game' was. Thanks again Neil!
This is the first review I have done. I bought this after enjoying the game. Whilst expecting an exciting narrative, I was floored by the honesty of the author and his journey. It is equal parts entertaining, titillating and awesome in scale(relatively!) The truth will change your life.
I'm so so pleased Neil has written this book. I wrote my thesis on polyamory and made a film about monogamy and was thinking of writing a book, but I feel Neil has done it for me. THANK YOU. I urge everyone to read this.
The Web Psychologist
I rarely review books, but this proved to be an exceptionally provocative piece - an enthralling, insightful and emotional roller coaster, both intimate and candid.
Strauss' journey from pickup artist, through a spectrum of relationship styles, towards intimacy (and where this finally takes him) is gripping from the get-go, and I found myself plugging in to hear more of the story at every opportunity.
The fact that it's narrated by the author lends it even greater warmth, and there are psychological insights that I can imagine would prove useful for any reader/listener.
If you're curious about relationships, sexuality and identity in any way, then this is for you.
Really glad I read this book, initially I was interested because I read The Game years ago. Great insights and really interesting journey, must read for anyone in a long term relationship!
Listening to this just after a break up was just what I needed to restore a little faith but also take a good hard look at myself - recommended, highly!
A half baked autobiographical account of NS's sex addiction.
I was a big fan of his earlier work (The Game/Emergency) but I'm sorry to say this was a damp rag in comparison
I love Neil as a result of the game, and it's nice to hear his journey after pickup, although this book is overly long and is a self-indulgent publication. I feel it's written to get his ghosts out of the closet and make his current relationship stronger. Us, the readers pay for it, so for him, it's a win/win.
Not worth the 13 odd hours.
I'm 19, have never cheated and have barely touched relationships and I still loved this book. Let's you see the full uncensored psyche of another human man. Loved it
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