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Game theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve simple common sense, much is counterintuitive, and it can only be mastered by developing a new way of seeing the world. Using a diverse array of rich case studies - from pop culture, TV, movies, sports, politics, and history - the authors show how nearly every business and personal interaction has a game-theory component to it. Mastering game theory will make you more successful in business and life, and this lively book is the key to that mastery.

©2008 Avinash K. Dixit (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"I am hard pressed to think of another book that can match the combination of practical insights and reading enjoyment." (Steven Levitt)

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Strategic Interaction: How to Do Well on Purpose

Excellent presentation of critical principles. Interesting because the principles are presented through stories. My only caveat would be that the authors occasionally slip into talking as if all strategic actors act in a way that comports 100% with traditional economic theory. However, as behavioral economics has demonstrated persuasively actual human beings depart from these assumptions at least some of the time.

Provides significant amount of game theory as applied.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Completely misleading title

The book is mainly centered around game theory and should have been called the science of strategy. 1/3 of the book was the narrator reading algebraic formulas and referring to tables that a frequent commuter listener can see.

With the exception of a couple of interesting anecdotes, the book does not provide anything in the way of the art of strategy the way say the art of war does. The authors add nothing in terms of insights but instead use story to describe other's theories.

18 of 32 people found this review helpful

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not meant as an audio book, missing key info

the stories are there, but during the read thru, many times it refers to charts or maps that cannot be expressed or is omitted outright in this audio book.

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Great book in its category

There aren't many good books on this subject available... that fact bumps the rating to 5 stars for me. Some of the math was very hard to follow with just listening. But there's a lot of value in the book even without that.

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Great stuff

Great stuff, definitely changed my way of thinking, looking forward to hearing other books like this

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Not what I expected

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I thought this would offer more techniques for strategies one might not know. This offers more of the basic strategies you've heard of and the math behind it.

Would you recommend The Art of Strategy to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if you want to dig deep into basic strategies.

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Special power

Such an awesome book! Feels like I gained superpowers after this - great intro to appreciating game theory

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Trying to get rid its a great book

How do i delete this from my library? I dont want it to be there so i could have it be cleared

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  • Amazon & 'Appstore' Cynic
  • 05-24-16

Doesn't Compare to University Lecturers...

Would you try another book written by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuff or narrated by Matthew Dudley?

Yes, but not to listen personally, heck no... This because being of a senior age and a devout academic/executive most of my life long elongated unabridged stories to me are just a waste of time given I already possess much knowledge of my own. I would buy it to give copies of this book to youth in their absolute last years of teenagerhood or very early 20s, to mid 20s - mayhap older if they lack any sense of education.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Strategy?

To tell you honestly I was only familiarised with not even a third of it. So PLEASE, if you are reading this do not take my bad words of commendation seriously as 'Matthew Dudley' certainly is one intelligent, eloquent, and superb presenter - this to the generic American audience I would say but not to countries like Australia where we favour traditional English 'finesse', character, homeliness, a down-to earth practical nature, and none of the baby talk whilst still remaining true to explaining the basics [which Dudley does very well =) ] in a manner befitting for an academic and not the generic masses (I am biased). I bought this virtual lecture book (and I wish a digital copy had been made available) for the sakes of a 22 year old Indian Sikh friend who desires to get involved in politics, and I believe the element of integration of 'pop culture' as ascertain to our modern age is probably one of the greatest moments when quickly 'skimmed' in listening.

What didn’t you like about Matthew Dudley’s performance?

I didn't like the stereotypical American late night TV 'Salesman'-like gist in talk in lecturing his lessons. Not his fault perhaps, or anyone's, just a clash of cultures combined because here in Australia we tend to see flamboyant 'nasal' shows of articulation through speech as tell-tale signs of Americanism and con-men. But hey, the guy is certainly intelligent! =)

What character would you cut from The Art of Strategy?

I cannot comment on this and will have to ask the person I am giving the recording to for his advice in due time - I am sure he would agree (if I was to imagine myself as a 22 year old again) that ALL the lessons within his book are crucial and nothing should be cut out. Youth are like sponges ready to soak up lore thanks to the likes of talented folk like Mr Dudley.

Any additional comments?

My apologies about the low star ratings... I am just getting old at 37.

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  • Michael
  • 03-23-16

Great

Can be a little difficult to follow some of the tables and formulas aurally, but still great overall

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  • Atreides
  • 10-31-14

Very interesting and useful.

This book is very interesting and quite applicable to your daily life. It's probably a good idea to get the print version as well if you really want to get the most out of it, since a lot of the information is presented in table form or takes a while to digest. However even as a listen it provides some very interesting examples and applications of game theory.