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One involves discreetly undermining a woman's self-esteem by paying her a backhanded compliment in the hope that she will hang around to seek your approval.

On page 406, Mystery's mother says his problems are caused by his low self-esteem.

Strauss reflects: 'Only a mother could reduce a person's entire ambition and raison d'etre to the one basic insecurity fueling it all.' No.

Hodes gives vivid examples of the violence that followed the upheaval of war, when black men and white women were targeted by the Ku Klux Klan and unprecedented white rage and terrorism against such liaisons began to erupt.

An era of terror and lynchings was inaugurated, and the legacy of these sexual politics lingered well into the twentieth century.

Despite the reputation that The Game has gained as an exposé on the seduction community, it was primarily written as an autobiographical work.

The follow-up book, Rules of the Game, relies more on the how-to side.

Provisionally titled Game Over, it focuses on Strauss's difficulties with long-term relationships, following his immersion in pickup.

This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America's past: liaisons between Southern white women and black men.

Martha Hodes tells a series of stories about such liaisons in the years before the Civil War, explores the complex ways in which white Southerners tolerated them in the slave South, and shows how and why these responses changed with emancipation.

Hodes provides details of the wedding of a white servant-woman and a slave man in 1681, an antebellum rape accusation that uncovered a relationship between an unmarried white woman and a slave, and a divorce plea from a white farmer based on an adulterous affair between his wife and a neighborhood slave.

Call them SLB's (scared little boys)." Neil Strauss published a follow-up autobiographical work, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, in 2015.