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Neil Strauss

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Neil Darrow Strauss, also known by the pen names Style and Chris Powles is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter. He is best known for his book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, in which he describes his experiences in the seduction community in an effort to become a "pick-up artist."
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The Continuum Concept
In Search Of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development)
Jean Liedloff - Jan 22, 1986 (first published in 1975)
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A landmark treatise on how humanity lives versus how we should, what we've lost with our "progress," and how we can reclaim our true natureJean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians. The experience demolished her Western preconceptions of how we should live and led her to...
Neil Strauss
Dec 12, 2020
@thor Exactly. If it won’t permanently harm them, then let them learn from their small mistakes. That’s how learning occurs. There’s a great book called The Continuum Concept that covers this.      source
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Tribe of Mentors
Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Tim Ferriss - Nov 21, 2017
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Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure booka compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life's most...
Neil Strauss
Nov 23, 2017
One book, so much wisdom - including this guy. “Tribe of Mentors” by @tferriss. The ultimate toilet read - and so big you could use it as a squatty potty.      source
The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran - Jan 07, 2019
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The Prophet is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 108 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history, and it has never been out of print. The prophet, Al Mustafa, has lived in the city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
Epic life wisdom told through poetry.      source
The Fear Book
Facing Fear Once and for All
Cheri Huber - Dec 01, 2016 (first published in 1995)
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Rather than explaining typical strategies for overcoming fear, this book examines how fear is an experience, how to recognize that experience as nothing more than conditioned reaction to circumstance, and how to mentor oneself into letting go of beliefs about "appropriate" responses to fear. The notion is debunked that fear is anything other than a...
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
Best book ever on persuasion and marketing.      source
Laughter in the Dark
Vladimir Nabokov - Sep 17, 2006 (first published in 1932)
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"Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster." Thus begins Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark; this, the author tells us, is the whole story except that he starts...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
The best first sentence of a book ever written. Spoiler below:      source
The Red Queen
Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Matt Ridley - Apr 29, 2003 (first published in 1993)
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Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men p...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
Amazing book on the evolutionary underpinnings on attraction and more.      source
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The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene - Sep 01, 2000 (first published in 1998)
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This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warriors, seducers, and con men throughout the ages....
The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field
Nathaniel Branden - May 01, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Nathaniel Branden's book is the culmination of a lifetime of clinical practice and study, already hailed in its hardcover edition as a classic and the most significant work on the topic.  Immense in scope and vision and filled with insight into human motivation and behavior, The Six Pillars Of Self-Esteem is essential reading for anyone with a pers...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
Launched self-esteem movement.      source
Mastering Your Hidden Self
A Guide to the Huna Way (Quest Book)
Serge Kahili King - Jan 01, 1985
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Huna philosophy is about learning to become a conscious cocreator with the Universe. Hawaiian shaman King uses Kahuna healing methods to help us access the hidden energy of life, develop powers of concentration, and make friends with the deepest aspect of our being. Learn how your Higher Self, or aumakua, is contacted in the dream dimension. Get in...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
A great book on inner-game.      source
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Italo Calvino - Oct 20, 1982 (first published in 1979)
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Librarian's Note: alternate cover edition for this edition is in here.Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a mome...
Neil Strauss
Aug 29, 2017
This book taught me how to break form.      source
Ulysses by James Joyce
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Maxims by Francis Duke of la Rochefoucauld
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ask the Dust by John Fante
Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
Under Saturn's Shadow by James Hollis