Retired United States Navy SEAL, New York Times Bestselling Author of Can’t Hurt Me
Gambling legend and Instagram king Dan Bilzerian has a thing or two to say about getting what he wants—and it’s all about what he calls the setup, a life philosophy that has helped him land fame, fortune, and more girls than anyone can count.
From an anything-but-normal childhood, to his time in the military, to the insanity that has followed him on his journey to becoming one of the most notorious people in the world, Dan shares it all in The Setup, a no-holds-barred, no bullshit, brazen retelling of his life—and the many women he’s shared it with.
In this explosive and unapologetic memoir filled with wild stories (and even wilder photos), Dan pulls back the curtain on what it's like to truly live the Bilzerian way: with plenty of epic moments, and no regrets.
As someone who normally reads autobiographies by great leaders, philosophers, politicians and sports people, this was an unusual choice for me. I was intrigued to see whether the snippet of his life we see on social media was at all representative of his everyday experience and it seems it is! This was an incredibly enjoyable read written simply and conversationally as if we were sat next to the man himself. For someone who is not a writer, he has done a great job of explaining his past experiences in a clear and humorous way and I have a lot more respect for the man who I wrongfully assumed was merely a hedonistic playboy. Dan comes across as an intelligent, observant and thoughtful person who is just unafraid to speak his mind - a trait so easily beaten out of those who speak out these days. I'd highly recommend you read this book to gain a fresh perspective on living life to the full - if not simply to be shocked and entertained. Well done Dan. A great first book!
My first impression when reading this book was "Holy ****! Holy ****! Holy ****! This really happened?! ****! ****!...****!" And that was after getting past chapter 3. I've heard about Dan Bilzerian a couple of times, but didn't know much about him besides being called "Instagram famous". There's a lot of ****, a lot of drugs, a lot of ****-raising, and everything else in between that I didn't know existed before. There's also a lot of nuggets containing life lessons on succeeding by learning and failing fast, how denying yourself happiness does harm to your psyche, why you shouldn't negate your authenticity when you really like someone, prioritizing money as gifts instead of loans to friends and family, appreciating your success from time to time, taking pride in who you are as a person instead of how you identify with race or religion, pursuing a message bigger than yourself, defining happiness and pleasure, and cyclists are pussies. This book won't be for everyone and that's okay. I'm glad I found this book because it gave me an uncensored look into the world of fame and the lifestyle required to keep it. But it's also giving me a smack in the head to start making my own dreams bigger. Thank you for sharing your story Dan!
Book is everything you want and expect. Few surprises or behind the curtain revelations but an enjoyable vicarious exposure to The Life of Dan.
I want more, let’s have a part 2! P.s can I come to a party
I generally refrain from casual reading because my work involves enough of it already. However, this book is an easy and relaxing read. I especially like that Dan wrote it his own way, with each chapter essentially being a story, and some being only a couple pages long. Also, he wrote it in his own tone, so it comes across authentic and interesting. Highly recommended.
Good book. Makes your question your own accomplishments haha. All I wish is that he dove into more detail on certain situations for the reader to make it even more engaging. Tons of good stories but he just jumps from one to the next real quick, leaving me with a lot of questions.
Dan did a solid job of documenting and corroborating the too crazy to be made up stories. As a 26 year old male who fantasizes about some of these experiences for myself it really opens ones eyes up to the possiblities and drawbacks.
P.S. the biggest takeaway was that one should have happiness from within, spend good time with people that truly love and care about you like friends and families. If you really want that beautiful girl she will see your lack of need and be that much more attracted to you.
Really fun read! I honestly couldn’t even put the book down, and my boyfriend was getting super pissed. 10/10 would highly recommend
Dude is blunt and honest, his life is exciting and easy to follow.
Most people can only dream of living like this, he **** wrote about it.
Dan the Lion King of instagram spares no details in his wild stories, he spills everything and I must say I am inspired by his book.
Thank you Dan
This book is a tremendous read Dan honestly and unapologetically opens up his life stories giving the reader a much desired insider view of this generation’s most coveted question, “What’s it like being Dan Blizerian?” I finished surprisingly humbled through the endless sexcapades and far out adrenaline fueled stories. Knowing There is lots of pain, suffering, and disciplined work ethic and a strong code of conduct behind all the instagram glory. I received the book as a written record from Blizerian that a tireless ambition and execution of a goal is evident to an individual’s success. Dan denied all haters, setbacks, and critics, He did it his way. -Andrew Bliss
They send me a hardcopy book and will also send me the leather bound signed copy once they are ready. Very cool they sent out the hard bound book in the mean time!!
This is a "must read" insight to Dan and his life lessons. The book quality is the best I've ever seen and reading is super straight forward the way it's "setup". Thanks Dan for the hard work getting this book out with all your distractions - EPIC :)
I use to work for DB as one of his team leaders on his security team for his IGNITE parties. Most of the times I would be positioned at the front gate with the door girl, Bianca. I only met Dan a couple times and he was also respectful and pretty cool to me. I distinctly remember him asking “who’s running the door” and I would say myself. He would then tell me, “I don’t care who it is, no more guys
And only hot chicks!” lol
Then he’d disappear back into the house and that was it. He was never to be seen again the rest of the night. The parties were EPIC! He would have every A-list celebrity show up from Steve Aoki, Bruce Buffer, Tyga, MGK, Alesso. Cardi B, would perform, a handful of big name UFC fighters, and the list goes on and on. The ratio was easily 20-1 girls to guys. There would be over 2000 people at these parties and 80 percent would be women.
Hands down they were the best parties in LA by far! I was always curious as to who DB was and how he became to be who he is? This book answered my every question and being a US Marine veteran myself, I now have the utmost respect for Dan and what he went through to try and become a US Navy Seal, not 1 time, but twice! That part of the book really hit home for me.
Overall, this book is phenomenal and I have a new found respect for DB and what he went through to achieve his level of fame, success, and status.
I wanted to shake his hand personally when he showed up to another late event that my client was throwing for this past Halloween weekend. But, I was too busy running around with my client at the time and had just missed him. This booked rocked and I’ve been telling everyone about it! 🤘🏻🤘🏻
Absolutely awesome! Funny, interesting and amazing story’s!
Easy to read even if English is not your first language
Just got the book a few days ago and have read a few pages for now. Have to say love the build up and i´m happy that you wrote a book about your life even tho i haven´t finished it yet. This will be an eye opener for the people about yourself im sure. PS! May sound cringe but you have helped me by telling you should set up your life from early age. And i have done it so for the last 3 years (im 28) since saw your interview with Larry King. You are very inspiring and a helpful role model in some way. I have built my own companys and doing very great from that day froward. I want to thank you for that. For being real as possible.