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The international bestseller — don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the The international bestseller — don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.


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The international bestseller — don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the The international bestseller — don't compete without it! A major bestseller in Japan, Financial Times Top Ten book of the year, Book-of-the-Month Club bestseller, and required reading at the best business schools, Thinking Strategically is a crash course in outmaneauvering any rival. This entertaining guide builds on scores of case studies taken from business, sports, the movies, politics, and gambling. It outlines the basics of good strategy making and then shows how you can apply them in any area of your life.

30 review for Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    Wonderful book on game theory. The examples from history, literature and from every day life make the discussions lively and entertaining. Mathematics and complex reasoning is kept to a minimum and conversational, easy-to-follow logic is generally adopted. The case studies at the end of each chapter helps to sum up understanding and we can easily breeze through the book with the assurance that the final chapter of case studies will refresh any idea that we might be unclear on. All in all, a grea Wonderful book on game theory. The examples from history, literature and from every day life make the discussions lively and entertaining. Mathematics and complex reasoning is kept to a minimum and conversational, easy-to-follow logic is generally adopted. The case studies at the end of each chapter helps to sum up understanding and we can easily breeze through the book with the assurance that the final chapter of case studies will refresh any idea that we might be unclear on. All in all, a great medium-difficulty-level introduction to the complex field. Not a bed time read though, unless your intention is to fall asleep quickly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toe

    This is how a book should be written. It is a fantastic introduction to game theory for the intelligent layman. It covers strategic decision making for innumerable scenarios, including but not limited to: poker, political campaigns, takeover bids, business negotiations, baseball pitches, bargaining, labor relations, tax audits, and nuclear war. The authors strike the perfect blend of in-depth coverage of the technical topics, like Bayes theorem, with concrete examples illustrating the concepts. T This is how a book should be written. It is a fantastic introduction to game theory for the intelligent layman. It covers strategic decision making for innumerable scenarios, including but not limited to: poker, political campaigns, takeover bids, business negotiations, baseball pitches, bargaining, labor relations, tax audits, and nuclear war. The authors strike the perfect blend of in-depth coverage of the technical topics, like Bayes theorem, with concrete examples illustrating the concepts. They avoid jargon as much as possible and deliver the meat of the matter. Sprinkled in like M&Ms in trail mix are humorous anecdotes and some hysterical quotes (with more than a few stemming from the fertile mind of Yogi Berra). I was so engrossed with the book that I failed to take the time to record all the funny quotes and stories; besides, there were too many to record anyway. They await your discovery. Unfortunately, as you will learn after reading the book, the ideas you discover cannot help you gain an advantage over future adversaries. Why not? Because they will have read the book too. There is no strategic advantage to be gained, the price of admission has merely shifted. Here are the most fundamental ideas heartlessly wrenched from a charming and intriguing book well worth your time: Rules: 1. Look ahead and reason back. 2. If you have a dominant strategy, use it. 3. Eliminate any dominated strategies from consideration, and go on doing so successively. 4. Having exhausted the simple avenues of looking for dominant strategies or ruling out dominated ones, the next thing to do is to look for an equilibrium of the game. There are 8 ways to make credible threats or promises: 1. Establish and use reputation 2. Write Ks 3. Cut off communication a. Last will and testament 4. Burn bridges behind you a. Cortes burned his ships when he landed in Mexico 5. Leave the outcome beyond your control a. The doomsday device in Dr. Strangelove was set to automatically destroy the planet if the Soviet Union were attacked 6. Move in small steps a. Purchase cocaine in small quantities and take delivery even if you want a lot 7. Develop credibility through teamwork a. Alcoholics Anonymous, Roman army would kill deserters 8. Employ mandated negotiating agents Min-Max theorem – in zero-sum games in which the players’ interests are strictly opposed, one player should attempt to minimize his opponent’s maximum payoff while his opponent attempts to maximize his own payoff. When they do, the mini-max and maxi-min are exactly equal. Neither player can improve his position, so there is an equilibrium. Employing your "best mix" strategy requires unpredictability to avoid letting your opponent catch on.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ami Iida

    It is a book to learn the game theory from basic. This book is ideal as introduction to game theory. Learning the game theory by using the game. It is to incorporate all the basic essence of game theory.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    Oh game theory! I agree with the fact that knowledge of how to play games matters but this book was more academic than mainstream. Economics is a dismal science though, and this book does not even make an effort examining moral implications of many games. Things I learned: - To improve the effectiveness of your backhand in tennis, improve your forehand so your opponent respects (and plays more) against your forehand. - When you're #1 in the industry, let the competitors drive the innovation and imi Oh game theory! I agree with the fact that knowledge of how to play games matters but this book was more academic than mainstream. Economics is a dismal science though, and this book does not even make an effort examining moral implications of many games. Things I learned: - To improve the effectiveness of your backhand in tennis, improve your forehand so your opponent respects (and plays more) against your forehand. - When you're #1 in the industry, let the competitors drive the innovation and imitate them when they are successful so you take less risk and protect your standing. - Mix your strategies randomly to keep the opponent honest. - Hostages' dilemma is often worse than prisoners' dilemma though both generally suck and require difficult resolutions. Why? It is hard to deter cheating. - It takes a lot of effort to earn credibility. - In unique situations (i.e. war battles), surprise yourself at the last minute to surprise your enemy. - Brinkmanship saved the world from nuclear disaster but failed at Tiananmen Square. - We're stuck with the QWERTY keyboard and racially non-integrated neighborhoods due to unkind equlibria. Many equilibria are also determined by fad. - Voting sucks because no voting system exists in the world that can induce ALL voters to represent their honest views through their votes. Voting gets even worse for contests such as the Baseball Hall of Fame. - Shrinking industries usually feature larger firms go out of business first because their costs are highest.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tin Wee

    A primer on game theory - it attempted to explain the main concepts in lay language, without going too much into the maths. Found portions difficult as some examples were drawn from baseball and american football, which I'm not familiar with. Still, there are many other interesting examples that will warp your brain. Some of the mathematical explanations were also beyond me. My main grouse with game theory is that it assumes that players are logical, which is apparently not true all of the time. A primer on game theory - it attempted to explain the main concepts in lay language, without going too much into the maths. Found portions difficult as some examples were drawn from baseball and american football, which I'm not familiar with. Still, there are many other interesting examples that will warp your brain. Some of the mathematical explanations were also beyond me. My main grouse with game theory is that it assumes that players are logical, which is apparently not true all of the time. Nonetheless, it does provide good frames for thinking about problems. Recommended if you're interested in game theory.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Davidson

    The book focuses on game theory as strategy. The overview of the game theories is decent. Unfortunately, the authors attempt to convert everything to a quantifiable value that can then be run through standard formulas. Personally, I think a lot of the quantification is highly qualitative and therefore isn't quite as straightforward as it's made out to be in the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kolagani Paramahamsa

    It's not one of those 'motivation' books, the caption for the book is misleading. Application of strategies in all walks of life-sports, casinos, business, politics, and everyday life-using case studies are presented in this book. Although majority of the case studies are explained based on rudimentary concepts in game theory, there are instances of using probability and psychology concepts as well. Overall, a very good no non-sense read, which is not very thought provoking but interesting in mo It's not one of those 'motivation' books, the caption for the book is misleading. Application of strategies in all walks of life-sports, casinos, business, politics, and everyday life-using case studies are presented in this book. Although majority of the case studies are explained based on rudimentary concepts in game theory, there are instances of using probability and psychology concepts as well. Overall, a very good no non-sense read, which is not very thought provoking but interesting in most of the pages. On the negative side, the concepts in case studies are repeated in many instances, notwithstanding the fact that the background story of every case study is unique. About around five case studies out of more than thirty are unique in terms of idea and complexity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Prakhal Goyal

    A fantastic read! Inundated with examples of politics, sports, and business. Relevant case studies are provided post chapters. An active mind is required while reading the book. Definitely a mind expanding book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Maguire

    Fantastic introduction to game theory. I would highly recommend this book to everyone I've ever met.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Carr

    Not what I was expecting but some fun mental exercises nonetheless.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay Dixit

    Great book to understand Game theory and thinking ahead process. It's very technical and little hard as you need to concentrate if you want to solve problems mentioned in the book

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Petkus

    A very interesting, quick, and easy read. The only dry section was about 20 pages on politics, of the ≈ 376 pages; somewhere around 280. The politics section, in my opinion, is more about winning for the sake of winning and less about winning with meaning, principles, or a philosophy in mind; basically, become as bland and ordinary as possible, more ordinary than the people you are running against, and you will be more likely to win that election- that is a major waste of time and a loss in my b A very interesting, quick, and easy read. The only dry section was about 20 pages on politics, of the ≈ 376 pages; somewhere around 280. The politics section, in my opinion, is more about winning for the sake of winning and less about winning with meaning, principles, or a philosophy in mind; basically, become as bland and ordinary as possible, more ordinary than the people you are running against, and you will be more likely to win that election- that is a major waste of time and a loss in my book - AKA sellout to win, take positions based on polls, etc. But, in game theory, it is all about winning and not always about winning in the most meaningful way, just how you are most likely to win, which can feel empty; there are caveats, the book does recommend not to be "cutthroat" when you are competing against somebody where you may be able to cooperate with them in the future for mutual benefits, ect, ect.. A lot of the book sounds like logical or common sense, but some of it is helpful in getting what you strategically desire, such as making the deal a little sweeter for your competitor; for example, in a boardgame, don't just warn a competitor that you will attack one of there important areas if they take a game piece you desire, sweeten the deal by promising that you will not take a particular game piece that is strategically important to them...but be sure to betray them before they betray you near the end of the game, in order to win in a win-lose zero sum situation. However, if there is a fixed number of turns in a game, betray your opponent immediately, because betrayal has the biggest payoff in a "fixed turns" game, but you are not likely to keep friends or acquaintances this way, this is only how you act when you will never compete against this opponent again; if you treat a "future opponent" this way, you will have dealt yourself a terrible hand before the beginning of the "future game." Definitely a fun read, more fun than I expected. The exercises at the end of chapters are fun and exciting when you choose the best strategy [according to the authors] based on what information you have or your position in a game.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Blackman

    This book should really be called an introduction to game theory. I certainly enjoyed it as a way to think about problems and reduce them to a polynomial equation that solves for a particular variable. You can take this a step further and find local minimum and maximum in any given function to find optimal solutions which is essentially what is most of modern machine learning. The hard part is getting an accurate function to define your problem which generally takes a lot of data. This book was This book should really be called an introduction to game theory. I certainly enjoyed it as a way to think about problems and reduce them to a polynomial equation that solves for a particular variable. You can take this a step further and find local minimum and maximum in any given function to find optimal solutions which is essentially what is most of modern machine learning. The hard part is getting an accurate function to define your problem which generally takes a lot of data. This book was written in 1991 before the massive adoption of machine learning to all things business. Those concepts still apply, but now we just have a lot more data. Turning problems into a a mathematical representation takes the romance and human component out of solving problems. This eats my soul and also produces better outcomes. It takes things like rules and regulations and reduces them to probabilities and punishments. This leads one to think that rules don't need to be followed as long as the equation predicts a better outcome and the risk of rule enforcement is low enough to warrant breaking them. This math help define how to fight the cold war since there aren't any real rule enforces in a geopolitical scale. So if you want to find the best solutions to problems that can be represented by equations and probabilities, this will be a great book to get you started. The equations for the problems presented in this book were pretty simple which is great for teaching by example. To be competitive today you will likely have to have much more data and much more accurate equations to define your problem space. May the best math win.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Iryna

    I decided to read this book after we started the "Game Theory" topic at university. I started with listening Audible version but later understood that, for this book, illustrations are important. My main conclusion is that the book is a great introduction to the Game Theory. The book provides us with a good overview of strategic principles. One of its advantages is that the authors give a lot of examples from various industries and life situations, which helps to better understand the theory. The I decided to read this book after we started the "Game Theory" topic at university. I started with listening Audible version but later understood that, for this book, illustrations are important. My main conclusion is that the book is a great introduction to the Game Theory. The book provides us with a good overview of strategic principles. One of its advantages is that the authors give a lot of examples from various industries and life situations, which helps to better understand the theory. The examples include cases from businesses and history. Everybody uses strategies, and sometimes we just do not even think of it. The book gave me the opportunity to take a new look at some of my life experiences including even relationships with friends, family, and myself. All of us make decisions every day, and this book is aimed to improve our decision-making by making us able to see the strategy and take the role of the opponent. This book is valuable because of the approach authors use to explain it: the case studies after each module. Even though this is a very practical book and all the basic concepts of Game Theory are well-explained even without formulas, as for me, the book lacks some numbers and math.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sipho

    A charming and enjoyable introduction to game theory and its practical applications in business and politics. Written with a suitably low expectation of prior knowledge, the plain language made grasping some of these otherwise difficult concepts that much easier. Once you get a hold of some of these ideas, its impossible not to see them EVERYWHERE in ordinary life. Key ideas included recognizing when you're playing "simultaneous move games" as opposed to "sequential move games." In sequential mov A charming and enjoyable introduction to game theory and its practical applications in business and politics. Written with a suitably low expectation of prior knowledge, the plain language made grasping some of these otherwise difficult concepts that much easier. Once you get a hold of some of these ideas, its impossible not to see them EVERYWHERE in ordinary life. Key ideas included recognizing when you're playing "simultaneous move games" as opposed to "sequential move games." In sequential move "games", reason backwards to determine what you should do in any given situation. In simultaneous move "games", look out for what your dominant or most advantageous play is, and do that. But try to minimise the playing of your weaker position. Or you could also strengthen your weakness. And of course, the authors talk about the Prisoner's Dilemma, Nash Equilibrium and all that other good stuff. Read the book, okay! It will be worth your time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thinking strategically is an excellent book for those interested in Game Theory or gaining a better understanding of how to effectively react to the oppositions move in various situations within business, sports and personal life. The way in which each subject is outlined is brilliant; an introduction to an idea followed by a simplistic example then a case study to ensure that the reader fully comprehends the matter in discussion. The only reason that I did not rate this above a three was due to Thinking strategically is an excellent book for those interested in Game Theory or gaining a better understanding of how to effectively react to the oppositions move in various situations within business, sports and personal life. The way in which each subject is outlined is brilliant; an introduction to an idea followed by a simplistic example then a case study to ensure that the reader fully comprehends the matter in discussion. The only reason that I did not rate this above a three was due to looking at the book purely from a student's perspective. For those of who the book is generally intended for; "the intelligent layman", the book offers a great insight into strategic behaviour. But for those who are already aware of Game Theory, this book could quite easily be condensed into a 10 page sheet of rules as to how to react in different situations. In other words, too many pages for too little substance - but that is only because I wanted only the facts. Having said all of that, anyone that has just been introduced to economic/business strategy should definitely give this a read. Jot some notes down as you go, mind you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This is a qualified 4-star. The examples are somewhat dated as the book was written in 1990, and they do have a decidedly American flavour to them. This feels like a book written by people at Harvard business school, *for* people at Harvard business school. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. The major take aways: - Look to the last action and reason backwards. This will help you recognise and avoid forced moved. - There are differences in outcome depending on whether the game you are playing This is a qualified 4-star. The examples are somewhat dated as the book was written in 1990, and they do have a decidedly American flavour to them. This feels like a book written by people at Harvard business school, *for* people at Harvard business school. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. The major take aways: - Look to the last action and reason backwards. This will help you recognise and avoid forced moved. - There are differences in outcome depending on whether the game you are playing is one where players move simultaneously, or sequentially. - Look for dominant strategies. If you have one, use it. If they have one, use your best move presuming they will use it (they'd be stupid not to). - Collective action problems (of which the prisoner's dilemma is a subset) show up everywhere. Learn how to recognise them in your life and be the person implementing the enforceable agreement to resolve it, if possible. Glad I read this but wouldn't read it again. Would definitely use it as a reference though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Moshe Zioni

    It should have been titled the same but with the prefix: "A General Introduction to"- Sometimes, to cram load of examples into one book doesn't make it readable - but irritating, to me, anyway. Another thing that disappointed me with this book is that it constantly trying to get around the math without acknowledging it directly and the result is excessive use of words over a simple matter, and to put things worst - there is not even an appendix that explores the far reaches of the subject to those It should have been titled the same but with the prefix: "A General Introduction to"- Sometimes, to cram load of examples into one book doesn't make it readable - but irritating, to me, anyway. Another thing that disappointed me with this book is that it constantly trying to get around the math without acknowledging it directly and the result is excessive use of words over a simple matter, and to put things worst - there is not even an appendix that explores the far reaches of the subject to those who want to do so (contra e.g. - I think that Simon Singh and Mario Livio did just that beautifully - try them yourself by reading Fermat last theorem of Singh and Livio's Golden Ration). The book may be entertaining to some, especially if you tend towards looking at it as a pure enterteinment and not as something that supposed to be something like a science.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Quijano

    During this pandemic, I decided to enter the world of game theory. As a lawyer by training, numbers do not come to me naturally; however, there is great potential in incorporating them into my practice. Broadly defined, game theory is the mathematical analysis of decision making. Humans make decisions every day, few humans make strategic decisions every day. Being one of the latter is a lot more advantageous than being one of the former. Success lies with those that make the best decisions. How During this pandemic, I decided to enter the world of game theory. As a lawyer by training, numbers do not come to me naturally; however, there is great potential in incorporating them into my practice. Broadly defined, game theory is the mathematical analysis of decision making. Humans make decisions every day, few humans make strategic decisions every day. Being one of the latter is a lot more advantageous than being one of the former. Success lies with those that make the best decisions. How to make the best decisions? Through strategy. There are many strategies, choosing the best one requires determination, skill, and vision. Generally, strategies are either dominating or dominated. In most cases, the dominating strategy is better than the dominated strategy; nonetheless, there are instances where our dominating strategy can be beaten by the dominating strategy of our adversaries. Game theory offers a valuable framework to analyze the impact of your decisions and those of your adversaries. One of the main tenets of game theory is to think forward and reason backward. One should be able to schematize all probable decisions in a game from beginning to end and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of every decision. The purpose is to analyze the probable outcome of the game considering your decisions and those of your adversary. Common sense indicates that we should be making the best decisions all the time, maximizing our outcomes. Yet, our best decisions may collide with the best decisions of our adversaries. For instance, oil-producing countries might assess that maximizing their oil outputs is the best strategy to increase profits. However, there are many oil-producing countries that are using the same thought process, they all coexist in a global competitive market. In this case, if all parties decide to opt for their best strategy (maximize outputs), everyone would end up worse off (lower profits). The best scenario for everyone would be to commit to a lower output to sustain higher oil prices. This would require negotiations between parties where each one commits to honoring any agreements. There is always the possibility of cheating. Sometimes cheating in certain situations is a dominating strategy, the problem is the shattering of trust for future agreements. It is possible that your adversaries are also using a game theory framework to predict your strategies; a tennis player might know that given his/her weak backhand, the server will always aim for his/her backhand (dominating strategy). This player might secretly train his backhand and beat the dominating strategy of the server. In this case, the server should predict this possibility and must come up with a scheme that makes the use of his dominating strategy as unpredictably as possible. Another important factor is the credibility of your threats or promises to use your dominating strategy given its potential costs. For example, the use of nuclear weapons as a response to an aggression would lead to large number of deaths and destruction. If you want your threats (or promises) to be credible you must either have the will to execute them or leave their execution to other factors (chance, unpredictability, third party decision). Having last thoughts before “pressing the nuclear buttons” might impede the execution of your dominating strategy, your credibility to use them in the future would be lower. During the Cuba Missile Crisis, Kennedy stated how the use of nuclear weapons was extremely high (almost irreversible), this implied that the threat to use these weapons had to be credible enough to dissuade the Soviet Union from going further with their strategy. The essence of the brinkmanship mechanism is to create a risk that is sufficiently intolerable for your adversary, influence the other’s actions by altering his expectations. Many dominating strategies must be sustained over a period of time in order to get its full results. A union should sustain a strike for an X period of time if it deems that the benefits are worth it. On the other hand, the company should determine if this strike is worth prolonging or stopping earlier to avoid decreases in profits. The party most able to sustain the costs over time will be the winning one. A similar example is the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. It appeared that after 1968, the U.S. had gone so deep into this conflict that prolonging it further would not represent “higher costs”, a surrender would be a lot more “costly”. North Vietnam assumed its victory at a very high cost. “Thinking Strategically” is a phenomenal book for those interested in acquiring a more strategic mindset. As one of its critics stated, it is Machiavelli updated to our times. Many consider Machiavelli’s texts as guides on how to be a ruthless strategist by describing a pessimistic outlook on power and business. This erroneous thinking has led to centuries of misunderstanding of his philosophy. Machiavellianism should be seen as a guide on how to perceive these “ruthless” behaviors upheld by your adversaries. In this sense, game theory (and this book in particular) builds off from this idea: analyze your adversary and his decisions, they may have a lot to say about you and your decisions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mcleish

    Tough going but a good overview of game theory as it applies to strategy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Skip to Part 3 and save the time

  22. 4 out of 5

    Duygu

    I am still working through this book. It is a great introduction to game theory and demonstrates how it can be used in real life. This can be a great supplementary book for students learning game theory and need further examples or anyone who would like to have an overall understanding of game theory without going into the mathematical details, Nash equilibrium and etc. One thing which has been missing so far (25% of the book) is what one should do when parties have incomplete/imperfect informati I am still working through this book. It is a great introduction to game theory and demonstrates how it can be used in real life. This can be a great supplementary book for students learning game theory and need further examples or anyone who would like to have an overall understanding of game theory without going into the mathematical details, Nash equilibrium and etc. One thing which has been missing so far (25% of the book) is what one should do when parties have incomplete/imperfect information, meaning when they don't know what their competitor's dominant strategy is, or costs are. More often than not, we are in an ambiguous world. We can't predict the outcomes of our strategies until we go ahead and implement them, we learn the outcomes of our actions but so does our competitors. No two "games" are the same in that sense. With that said, this is still a book I would recommend to anyone who would like to learn thinking strategically. In my opinion, it should be supplemented with additional literature on learning and incomplete information.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Knighton

    I loved reading this book. The book goes through basic concepts of game theory in detail, using examples and diagrams to break down a concept. The book is written in a way that explains a concept then expands upon the subject with examples and case studies. The examples are great for explaining concepts and make this book an interesting and informative read. The authors use real-life examples that all people can relate to in everyday life as well as political, business, and military games. The c I loved reading this book. The book goes through basic concepts of game theory in detail, using examples and diagrams to break down a concept. The book is written in a way that explains a concept then expands upon the subject with examples and case studies. The examples are great for explaining concepts and make this book an interesting and informative read. The authors use real-life examples that all people can relate to in everyday life as well as political, business, and military games. The case studies at the end of each section are excellent because they put together all the concepts of the section and break down the lesson. This book will enable you to understand how to think strategically, and how to use these strategies in your everyday life. I enjoyed this book because it opened my mind and gave me a new, deeper way of thinking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Domas Markevicius

    I came to Thinking Strategically with already sparkled interest in game theory and read it just out of curiosity. The book is driven forward by examples. That's not a bad thing by itself, but I found them too artificial, dry and bookish quite often, not to mention all of the baseball and American football ones (somehow a fact that not all readers would be from North America was overlooked). In general it was slow and low-energy read which failed to capture my full attention and imagination. Some I came to Thinking Strategically with already sparkled interest in game theory and read it just out of curiosity. The book is driven forward by examples. That's not a bad thing by itself, but I found them too artificial, dry and bookish quite often, not to mention all of the baseball and American football ones (somehow a fact that not all readers would be from North America was overlooked). In general it was slow and low-energy read which failed to capture my full attention and imagination. Some really interesting and practical topics, such as auction designs were only mentioned in the passing. Most stimulating chapter of the book was the last one, Case Studies, so I you feel like DNF, go to chapter 13.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Omar

    A great book to use as an introduction to Game Theory with numerous real-world examples.If you're interested in Game Theory, this book is great for you. If you aren't but want to learn how to "think strategically" this could be a start but by no means a comprehensive guide to thinking strategically as not all strategic thinking stems from Game Theory. The title "Introduction to Game Theory: Given with the real world examples" would've been much more accurate. I say this because the examples give A great book to use as an introduction to Game Theory with numerous real-world examples.If you're interested in Game Theory, this book is great for you. If you aren't but want to learn how to "think strategically" this could be a start but by no means a comprehensive guide to thinking strategically as not all strategic thinking stems from Game Theory. The title "Introduction to Game Theory: Given with the real world examples" would've been much more accurate. I say this because the examples given are oversimplified (to ensure the concepts are easily understood) and offer no edge above that which common sense may offer. I was however looking for a book on Game Theory not "strategic thinking" and so I'm not dissapointed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

    I really enjoy math, statistics, and strategy so this book is great. Since I am not an expert in any of those fields it was a little tough to follow at times (or should I say just plain over my head). It is certainly a great book that I will read a couple more times to fully grasp. The subject must intrigue you or you will not enjoy the book. The author explains everything very clearly so it is certainly something that can be reread and understood. One of my major issues was that I tried to list I really enjoy math, statistics, and strategy so this book is great. Since I am not an expert in any of those fields it was a little tough to follow at times (or should I say just plain over my head). It is certainly a great book that I will read a couple more times to fully grasp. The subject must intrigue you or you will not enjoy the book. The author explains everything very clearly so it is certainly something that can be reread and understood. One of my major issues was that I tried to listen to the audiobook.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Pinto

    Good introduction to the game theory topic (my rating would be 3.5) You can clearly date the book based on the examples given, but nonetheless worthwhile Reading. Sometimes the cases are too simple and sometimes, in a couple of exemples, the rationale is not presented clearly that obliges the reader to go back and forth in the books pages to grasp it. For all interested in the subject (that should be at least every economist, financier or manager), opens the door to this importante topic that wil Good introduction to the game theory topic (my rating would be 3.5) You can clearly date the book based on the examples given, but nonetheless worthwhile Reading. Sometimes the cases are too simple and sometimes, in a couple of exemples, the rationale is not presented clearly that obliges the reader to go back and forth in the books pages to grasp it. For all interested in the subject (that should be at least every economist, financier or manager), opens the door to this importante topic that will allow you to make better and more informed strategic or even tatic decisions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    CHRISTINA

    I woke up one morning and I decided that I want to learn more about game theory, mainly affected by Prof. Daskalakis of MIT and his Nash theorem proof. The book describes in detail game theory concepts and how these can be applicable in business. I would categorize it more as an academic read, and for a niche audience. Not easy to read and not really with a captivating flow. But I dont think this was its purpose. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn about game theory, and has at le I woke up one morning and I decided that I want to learn more about game theory, mainly affected by Prof. Daskalakis of MIT and his Nash theorem proof. The book describes in detail game theory concepts and how these can be applicable in business. I would categorize it more as an academic read, and for a niche audience. Not easy to read and not really with a captivating flow. But I dont think this was its purpose. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn about game theory, and has at least an adequate understanding of statistics.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sinan

    This book covers applications of basic game theory very well. The first part will focus on introducing you to game theory from the very basics (payoff tables, dominant strategies, prisoner's dilemma, etc.) The rest of the book is a multitude of ways game theory and strategic thinking can be applied to life. Some of the examples very too simple for me, however, I was pleasantly surprised by ~5 examples. Do NOT read this cover to cover; try to skim through and skip case studies that you already kno This book covers applications of basic game theory very well. The first part will focus on introducing you to game theory from the very basics (payoff tables, dominant strategies, prisoner's dilemma, etc.) The rest of the book is a multitude of ways game theory and strategic thinking can be applied to life. Some of the examples very too simple for me, however, I was pleasantly surprised by ~5 examples. Do NOT read this cover to cover; try to skim through and skip case studies that you already know.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adolfo Builes

    This books does a great job at explaining game theory using a high level introduction to the different areas of decision making. Overall the examples where easy to follow with a couple of exceptions. I don't feel like an expert in game theory after reading this, but now I have a starting point to keep exploring.

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