By: Neil Strauss
On a superficial level, The Game is a non-fiction account of author Neil Strauss going from zero to hero and becoming one of the best pickup artists in the world. A journalist, he's assigned to write a piece on this secret society of pickup artists and is taken under the wing of one of the world's best, a man who goes by the name of Mystery. Over the next two years, he becomes a master of “the game” and takes the reader along for the ride, sharing his incredulous story.
On a deeper level, the book sheds light onto the insecurities of men and what drives many males to seek a sort of gratification from scoring with women. It illustrates everyone's need as social beings to fit in and exposes a dark side of being the ultimate player. Most importantly, though, The Game shows guys who lack confidence and self-worth around women how to freely be themselves and communicate. After having a stroke at the age of sixteen, my ability to speak was significantly impaired. It left me often tongue-tied around women, even after fully recovering a psychological block of sorts was left over. This book removed that block.