Fromthe author of the blockbuster bestseller The Game comes a shockinglypersonal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir, in which thecelebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced:monogamy and fidelity.
"Mostof us are told, from the moment we are old enough to understand a story, thatthere is a golden path waiting to take us safely through the jungle of life:get a good job, fall in love, get married, have children, and live happily everafter. It sounds simple enough. Yet as a species, we seem to have an incrediblydifficult time making it happen. So, one day, I looked around and saw myfriends frustrated and neglected in their marriages-some being unfaithful,others white-knuckling it, many surrendering to their fate, and a few living indenial. And I saw myself still unmarried, childless, and, in the biggestdisappointment of all to myself, cheating. And I wondered if it was possible tochange the odds-and the rules-for myself.
Thestory that follows, however, is not a journey that was undertaken by choice orfor the purposes of a book. It is a painfully honest account of a life crisisthat was forced on me by my own behavior and its consequences. And as such, itrequires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of-and a few things I feel likeI should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, Iam not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."
NeilStrauss became famous to millions around the world as the author of The Game,a funny and slyly instructive account of how he transformed himself from ascrawny, insecure nerd into the ultra-confident, ultra-successful "pickupartist" known as Style. The book jump-started the international "seductioncommunity" and made Strauss a household name-revered or notorious-among singlemen and women alike.
Butthe experience of writing The Game also transformed Strauss into a manwho could have what every man wants: the ability to date-and/or have casual sexwith-almost every woman he met. The results were heady, to be sure. But theyalso conditioned him to view the world as a kind of constant parade of women,sex, and opportunity-with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a back seat.That is, until he met the woman who forced him to choose between herself andthe parade. The choice was not only difficult, it was wrenching. It forced himdeep into his past, to confront not only the moral dimensions of his pickuplifestyle but also a wrenching mystery in his childhood that shaped the manthat he became. It sent him into extremes of behavior that exposed just howconflicted his life had become. And it made him question everything he knewabout himself, and about the way men and women live with and without eachother.
Hewould never be the same again.
Searinglyhonest, compulsively readable, this new book may have the same effect on you.