The Manual by Steve Santagati
Date Read: 2009
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
How many times have you and your friends asked one another these questions without ever coming up with any good answers? Your girlfriends just tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, the only person who can give you insight into man problems is—that’s right—a man! But guys have hidden agendas. What guy would give up all his dating advantages by spilling the goods? Steve Santagati would. A self-confessed serial dater and Bad Boy, Steve is telling all for the benefit of womankind. Every guy is at least part Bad Boy, and in The Manual, this prime specimen reveals what every woman needs to know to counter Bad Boy tactics, both amateur and professional. Steve is never condescending or callous, but honest, perceptive, and street-smart. His guidance is straightforward and his insights are dead-on, giving women tools they can immediately put to work. Discover what you may not want to know but need to know about: •The Heart of the Bad Boy (i.e., the nature of the beast) •The Male Mind: how he sees you and how you can make this worko your advantage •Guys on the Hunt: the male modus operandi, from the grocery store to Home Depot •When Boy Meets Girl: how to handle dating, from flirting to “sext” messaging to learning his weaknesses •Mating: so you’ve got him . . . should you keep him? Why learn from a Bad Boy instead of, say, a psychologist? Because there’s no replacement for “in the field” experience. You’ll benefit from (and laugh at) stories of real things Steve has done in relationships with women as well as of women turning the tables on him when he least expected it. The book also includes a question-and-answer section, in which Steve explores some of the toughest dating issues. To understand Steve is to understand the Bad Boy, and that will take you a long way in understanding all men. Find out how much more fun dating can be when you get the upper hand on Bad Boys . . . for good. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Random House LLC
Review: The Manual by Steve Santagati: This really wasn’t a self-help book but worse than that it wasn’t even an entertaining book. It was more like a wish list for shallow guys and while I agree that most men would probably be like “oh yeah I would love that”. I have found that most have found that they require more than just the “superficial” hook-up but more to the point this was supposed to be a guide to men. I found it was more a guide to this one guy and he really did not seem all that interesting. I usually find these books at least entertaining, aka “The Rules” at least made me giggle and “He’s just not that into you” made me laugh out loud. This though was just plain hard to wade through without being offended for the “bad” boys I know. I think they would even read it and say this guy has no clue about what he is talking about. So, pick it up with the idea that this is all about what this guy wants (I mean he mentions women in glasses are hot at least 30 times so you get it is about his personal preferences) and read it with a grain a salt. There were a few funny sections in there which is the reason behind the two stars as opposed to one.
Author Website: http://www.badboysfinishfirst.com/
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