Gave up on it less than a third of the way through. Couldn't take any more. Crappy writing, shallow characters, implausible premise. No, the world wonGave up on it less than a third of the way through. Couldn't take any more. Crappy writing, shallow characters, implausible premise. No, the world won't shut down. People will manage to cope much better than this lame "thriller". Maybe it's because I'm a tech professional and know that we can fix shit quick and fearmongering is silly (I lived though Y2K), so I'm biased. But mostly it's just crappy writing and boring characters....more
Read this a few years back, in the middle of my (painful, expensive, excruciatingly prolonged) divorce.
It's based upon the psychology and principles oRead this a few years back, in the middle of my (painful, expensive, excruciatingly prolonged) divorce.
It's based upon the psychology and principles of the PUA (pick up artist) culture or "Game" - e.g. neurolinguistic programming, evolutionary biology, male/female psychology, alpha vs beta male behavior and female perception thereof.
But, it's applied to monogamous relationships.
It's actually a tricky tightrope for a married man. If you are not enough of an Alpha male (dominant and strong), you will lose the sexual attraction of your mate - it's biology. If you aren't enough of a Beta male (doing the dishes, taking care of the kids) you will lose the respect and support of your mate. You have to be both, at the right times, and often at the same time.
It gave me some revelations that I think have helped in framing my subsequent relationships.
For example, sex is part of the marriage or long-term monogamous relationship contract (medical conditions aside). Withholding sex (or masturbating to the point of not wanting sex, or getting sex elsewhere) is unacceptable, for either party, and it's better to be clear about that expectation up front, and during, and also clearly state that the relationship should (and will) end if that part of the contract isn't fulfilled. A relationship without sex is a relationship without fully sharing love, and life is too precious and short to stay in that kind of a relationship.
So, if you're a married man, I'd highly recommend this book. ...more
Being newly single, I thought I'd give this a go, since I'd heard about it for years.
It's an engaging read, and if you are interested in psychology anBeing newly single, I thought I'd give this a go, since I'd heard about it for years.
It's an engaging read, and if you are interested in psychology and/or dating/relationships, you'll probably find it interesting too.
The moral, if you are able to look past the misogyny (albeit entertaining) that pervades the book, is that just "picking up" women doesn't lead to love. It takes much more of a "real man" to have a meaningful, lasting relationship.
The cameos of celebs like Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Britny Spears, and Courtney Love (who plays a fairly major role) are also interesting if you're into pop culture.
And, as the other reviewers have said, it all appears to be true stories, which makes it that much more interesting
My mom got me this for Christmas. It was actually a great follow up to the previous book I read, "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". It was a good conMy mom got me this for Christmas. It was actually a great follow up to the previous book I read, "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". It was a good concise summary of the other side of the WW2 European Theater.
I thought it would include O'Reilly's politics, but that was surprisingly absent. It was a good, engaging read for any WW2 history buff like me, I'd recommend it....more
This is a beast of a book, still working my way through it. Thoughts so far...
It's fascinating that when Hitler first solidified his dictatorshipThis is a beast of a book, still working my way through it. Thoughts so far...
It's fascinating that when Hitler first solidified his dictatorship and eliminated all opposition: 1. He did it completely "legally", i.e. within (strained) constitutional boundaries 2. Up to that point, he never had support of a popular majority - the National Socialists had never won a popular majority in any election.
It's interesting how times and social values change. The author is obviously appalled at the racist treatment of Jews, but continually refers to the "perverted" and "depraved" homosexual behavior of Goering and the SA.
Update: Finished this. It was a good read, pretty engaging even given the great length. It's an interesting insight into what actually happened in Germany, and the mindset of the people who drove it.
The takeaway is that it could definitely happen again. Racism, xenophobia and hatred are still alive and well throughout the world, including (especially) in America.