21 Best Books For PUA (Pickup Artists)

Last Updated on June 25, 2020

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If you are tired of living the single life? Are you struggling in certain social situations? There are tons of strategies that can help you out of this rut and you’ll find them all in these books. These pickup artist books teach many important keys to successful social skills, pickup, manipulation, romance, and more. They will help you overcome your inner flaws and gain a better social life. We have here a list of the 21 best PUA books that will help you in this journey. 


1. No More Mr. Nice Guy (By Dr. Robert Glover) 

This book is a ray of hope for all the ‘nice guys’ out there to have a satisfying life by following the provided tactics. The book shuns the proclivity of ignoring one’s own needs to please others as it ultimately leads to frustration, which affects relationships not only with others but with oneself too. 

Review: Most readers have claimed to be hooked by just the first chapter of the book. It has helped people untangle the knots that are negatively affecting their relationships. However, the people bounded by moral values do not find it as amazing.

Author: Dr. Robert A. Glover is a psychotherapist with 30 years of clinical experience of helping people with personal growth, career, relationships, and sexuality. 

Pages: 208 

Publisher:  Running Press Adult (January 8, 2003)  

2. The Pickup Artist (By Mystery and Chris Odom) 

The book provides readers with solutions to their issues which might make them feel less confident when approaching the person they are attracted to. It also gives tips to have engaging conversations and good humor as well as the art of seduction. 

Review: The methods and tips provided in the book can help a person in different situations and not just to get a woman in bed. However, many scenarios created by the author might be illusional. 

Author: Erik von Markovik, also known as Mystery, is the author of the book. He is a Canadian pickup artist who is living in Los Angeles and loves to travel. Chris Odom also helped write the book. He is Mystery’s travel partner and PUA coach. 

Pages: 272 

Publisher: Villard (January 26, 2010) 

3. The Game (By Neil Strauss) 

The book is a personal account of the author’s journey of transformation from a super-shy guy to the complete opposite, attracting and entertaining strangers, especially women. 

Review: It can help shy people come out of their shell and socialize to their full potential, though some people might not be able to connect to certain situations given in the book. 

Author: Neil Strauss, the author of the book, went undercover as a PUA for two years. The experiences he gained there enabled him to write this book. 

Pages: 452 

Publisher: Harper Collins (September 6, 2005) 

4. The Natural (By Richard La Ruina

The Natural helps readers find their inner confidence and charm, learn to initiate conversations and perfect their body language in order to get out of their minds and get what they want in real life. 

Review: The book enables readers to explore the world confidently out of their comfort zone. However, many of the mentioned things are only ‘common sense.’

Author: Richard La Raina, based in London, is famous for his pickup artistry. 

Pages: 224

Publisher:  HarperOne (February 7, 2012)

5. Rules of the Game (By Neil Strauss) 

The Rules of the Game is another bestseller PUA book by Neil Strauss. It is a step-by-step guide to be successful, specifically with women. 

Review: The book can change your perspective of yourself and of women in an entertaining way. Yet, some of the provided techniques seemed useless. 

Author: Neil Strauss, one of the best New York Times authors, has been working professionally as an editor since his college times. 

Pages: 374 

Publisher: It Books (October 27, 2009) 

6. The Dating Playbook for Men (By Andrew Ferebee)

The book serves to polish your social skills and develop a mindset that will enable you to gain what you want. It allows you to take your dating game to a whole new level. 

Review: The book proves to be good self-help by emphasizing on the ways you can be the man you have always wanted to be. However, it becomes misogynist at some points. 

Author: Andrew Ferebee is a personal development trainer. He has experimented all that he has mentioned in this book. 

Pages: 318 

Publisher: Andrew Ferebee (July 6, 2015)

7. The Pick-Up Artist (By Chris Hill) 

The book is a comedy based on pick-up artistry attempted by an extremely shy man who is desperate to get laid. 

Review: The writer has chosen a funny way to present pickup artistry and the troubles of a new PUA. However, the basic approach given in the book might seem a little outdated to some readers. 

Author: Chris Hill has gained amazing reviews for his novels and has won several prizes. 

Pages: 206

Publisher: Magic Oxygen (February 14, 2015)

8. The Ten Seduction Secrets of Casanova (By Pickup Artists Anonymous)

The book dissects the psychology of Casanova, which made him one of the most charming men of history. 

Review: The book is a broad description of the life of Casanova, though some may think it is a little wordy. 

Author: Pickup Artists Anonymous is an association of men training PUAs by sharing their skills and knowledge with them. 

Pages: 120

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2009)

9. The Essentials (By Mr Benjamin Ritter)

The book answers all the essential questions of a pickup artist to give them much better success. It has some of the best advice about self-improvement and healthy relationships. 

Review: The Essentials is a short and straightforward guide to improve yourself to get the woman you want. However, it does not present a deep insight into some of his given points.

Author: Benjamin Ritter is a leader in the field of self-development with an MPH and a consulting company of his own. 

Pages: 172

Publisher: Simplify Health (November 28, 2012)

10. Game Over (By John Cooper)

Game Over is insightful writing which emphasizes on the fact that a man does not need the approval of women or anybody else from society. Instead, he needs to dig deeper within himself to overcome his inefficiencies. 

Review: This book penetrates deep into oneself, digging out the aspects that need work rather than attracting the opposite gender. The book needs a little editing. 

Author: John Cooper transforms communities with his coaching techniques and knowledge to convert PUAs from hunting women to self-healing. 

Pages: 230 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 24, 2015)

11. Convert Seduction Secrets (By Pickup Artists Anonymous) 

The book shares strong and powerful techniques to control someone’s mind through your conversations and attract them to yourself. 

Review: The book explains the way people process information, enabling you to use the techniques taught in the book in the right way. However, the book is not as detailed as it could have been. 

Author: Pickup Artists Anonymous is a group of men determined to study the art of pickup and guide others in the field. 

Pages: 142 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2010)

12. Dating Advice for Men (By Victoria Lynx) 

The book discusses the things that women consider when picking a man to help men prepare themselves for a better relationship. 

Review: Readers gain some useful tips and tricks of dating through this book. However, it might not provide solutions to all dating issues. 

Author: Victoria Lynx is a person who lives with the idea of doing things rather than waiting for them to happen. 

Pages: 59

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 9, 2017)

13. Models (By Mark Manson) 

A sophisticated guide to be able to connect to women rather than chase them or have them chasing you, providing some useful conversational advice. 

Review: The book provides significant ways to form strong connections with women, but it fails to talk about partner’s consent. 

Author: Mark Manson is a New York-based author who influences people through his sensible writing in the field of personal development. 

Pages: 260 

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publisher (July 28, 2011)

14. Pick-Up Artists’ Secrets (By Pickup Artists Anonymous)

The Pick-Up Artists’ Secrets provides methods to gain the mentality of a PUA, helping you gain confidence and defeat approach anxiety.   

Review: The book shares ways to attract people of the opposite gender and have a successful relationship with them. However, the content in the book is not very unique. 

Author: Pickup Artists Anonymous is a companionship of males who study and teach tips and tricks to PUAs. 

Pages: 152 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 10, 2010)

15. The Diary of a Pick Up Artist (By Adam Lyons) 

This book shares the journey of the author from being a desperate single to a well-known dating master. 

Review: Lyons has mentioned the ways he used to transform his social life into a healthy one by creating self-worth. However, he did not address the difficulties faced by many others in their interactions. 

Author: Adam Lyons, also known as AFC Adam, has gone through immense transformations in his social life through PUA teachings. He intends to pass them down to others. 

Pages: 264

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2009)

16. The Hidden Power of a Master Pickup Artist (By T J C) 

The book provides ways to overcome shyness naturally to enhance your charm and attractiveness, enabling you to deal with your insecurities and fears. 

Review: The methods of self-improvement discussed in the book are quite useful, but most of them are merely common sense. 

Author: T J C 

Pages: 118

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent (August 12, 2011)

17. The Art of Seduction (By Robert Greene) 

Learn the art of persuasion and seduction through the 24 activities provided in the book. 

Review: The rules of attraction provided in the book are timeless and have been benefiting people for a long time, but it lacks new and unique ways. 

Author: Robert Greene is a famous author and speaker. He is currently residing in Los Angeles but has lived in many places and knows different languages. 

Pages: 512 

Publisher: Penguin Books (October 7, 2003)

18. The Book of Pook (By Pook) 

This book is mainly for those who tend to manipulate others with a few shallow tricks rather than adopting personal development. 

Review: The book enables you to develop your full potential and become attractive naturally. The bad part about the book is that you cannot jump to any page of the topic because it does not have a proper table of content. 

Author: Pook ran his own blog named Pook’s Mill. While he is not active anymore, he is still benefitting everyone with his knowledge via this book.  

Pages: 397 

Publisher: Independently published (March 19, 2018)

19. The Rational Male (By Rollo Tomassi) 

The book discusses the ideology behind the red pill community. It also highlights the social and mental conditions of a person in relation. 

Review: The book is a real eye-opening reading material but lacks evidence. 

Author: Rollo Tomassi is a famous member of the manosphere and the red pill community. 

Pages: 300 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)

20. The Mystery Method (By Mystery and Chris Odom) 

The book unravels the deep secrets of the PUA community based on methods of social interactions and attraction. 

Review: The book provides psychological reasons for people’s behavior and insightful view into self-worth. However, it may fail to explain the dynamics of a long-term relationship. 

Author:  Eric Von Markovik goes by the stage name ‘Mystery’ and was the first PUA to offer live training for pickup artistry. Chris Odom is the other write, who is Mystery’s travel partner and PUA coach. 

Pages: 240 

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (February 6, 2007)

21. Mate (By Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller) 

The authors have compiled the book after 20+ years of experience of learning what women want so that guys can become Mr. Right. 

Review: The book provides principles to develop your personality into someone you want to be. However, there is more theory than practical tricks. 

Author: Tucker Max is an internationally recognized author, and Geoffrey Miller teaches evolutionary psychology at New Mexico University. 

Pages: 384 

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 15, 2015)

These PUA books are some of the most recommended and highest reviewed books on the topic of pickup. You can use them to your benefit or you can have a trainer or coach to help you with your troubles. 

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