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A Spy's Guide to Strategy

Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
4.5 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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When you're a spy, you see a lot of strategies. It's your job to see grand strategies. Regional strategies. National strategies. Most of all, individual strategies. It's your job to see them and to understand them, because that's how you know when threats exist. To identify threats, you're infiltrating an enemy's organization. You're figuring out who is making decisions. And who isn't. You're collecting intelligence on what they know. And what they don't know. You're figuring out their plans. Whether they mean you harm or don't. Whether they're a threat. Whether they're going to attack. Hopefully, before it's done. You're uncovering the enemy's strategy. That's the job of a spy. But it's not only enemies' strategies you see. You're also talking to allies who have strategies of their own. You're understanding what they want. What they don't. Hopefully, they'll tell you what their strategy is. But sometimes, they don't. Then, there's your side's strategy. Your side's strategy is why you're a spy. It's why they send you to foreign countries and back alleys and diplomatic receptions. You're there to serve your side's strategy. When you're a spy, you have a front row seat to a lot of strategies. Which means you see some strategies succeed. And you see many more strategies fail. Sometimes, a strategy fails because of logistics. Or because the enemy strikes first. Or because the strategy was overtaken by events. Or because it was made obsolete by inaction. But most strategies fail earlier. Most strategies fail before a conflict starts. Most strategies fail before an alliance is formed. Before even war is declared. Most strategies fail because they're made the wrong way.

©2017 John Braddock (P)2017 John Braddock

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Excellent approach to strategy and game theory.

Both of his books are interesting and to the point. I’ve read entire shelves of books on strategy and game theory. This brief book is the most common sense and applicable approach. I highly recommend this and his other book on thinking.

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Excellent Companion to Kindle Book

Kevin Pierce is my favorite Audible narrator. This short book works well written or spoken. I like this as much as a Spy's Guide to Thinking. Definitely get the Kindle book because a lot of the information is visual. I loved this book when it came out on the Kindle and the Audible version does not disappoint.

The scripting is excellent either spoken or read. Very in depth and entertaining which makes it easy to master the material. Whispersync makes having the Audible and Kindle versions much better than having either alone.

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Really great read, highly recommended !

Loved the narrative, anecdotes, deduction and the breakdown of the process of tradecraft strategy. Gives the reader a informative insight of modern day espionage.

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A Spy's Guide is more than meets the eye.

This book is an essential to keep. Kevin Pierce gives you a tool that doesn't just apply to spying or the intelligence game but it highlights a learnable skill for the average businessman/woman or even a college student. Development of a Endgame. I will definitely be reading more. I am completely HOOKED!

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Pleasantly surprising. I am intrigued by all his booksl

Great book to listen to when you have time to take notes and absorb the ideas.

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Excellent Book.

All his books are excellent, I am just waiting for the new one in audible format

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Educational without being boring

Well written, organized and easy to follow organic. Good book I will read this one again.

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Very practical

This is a very practical strategy guide. I find it very interesting relative to other guides and it’s especially useful to think about game planning other people’s end game and how it interacts with yours.

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it was ok

good simple models for thinking, strategizing, and living in general. recommend to anyone really anyone

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Not really a guide

I enjoyed the book overall. This really isn’t a guide on strategy development and the useful information is really obvious. The stories are interesting and it’s an overall fun book to read anyway.

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  • steve toke
  • 01-31-19

What is the point?

Timeless informative and to the point.Easy to see why not to be trusting towards people that never worked in the filed.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-02-18

Not bad

I found myself wondering how a topic was reached, far too often. Subjects changed frequently with nothing tying them together other than the audio previously heard in another part of the chapter. Putting the pieces together was easy, for the most part, but I expect this may be due to it being an audio book rather than being able to easily distinguish context changes through headings or changes in paragraphs. Overall it was pretty good.