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Thinking strategically : the competitive edge in business, politics, and everyday life
Dixit, Avinash K.
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New York : Norton, 1991.
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xi, 393 pages ; 22 cm
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Publisher's Weekly Review

Most books on game theory either focus on specialized applications (cardplaying, business, nuclear war) or bore with mathematics and jargon. Free of formulas and argot, this refreshing exception distills the principles, concepts, tools and techniques--brinkmanship, bargaining, unconditional moves, vicious circles, etc.--with an astonishing diversity of illustrative examples drawn from political campaigns, baseball, neighborhood dynamics of segregation, the military draft, speed limits, childrearing and so forth. In helping strategists anticipate rivals' responses and win the game, economics professors Dixit and Nalebuff (who teach game theory at Princeton and Yale, respectively) provide managers, negotiators, athletes, parents and other game-players with a formidable weapon. Drawings. BOMC, Fortune Book Club and QPB selections. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Dixit (Princeton) and Nalebuff (Yale School of Organization and Management) present an intelligently conceived book that addresses the complex science of strategy (known as game theory) in an extremely reader-friendly manner. The authors set forth their findings of game theory with examples that relate to common occurrences in sports, business, politics, and personal life. They present basic principles of strategy stressing two types of skills, basic and strategic. There is also an emphasis on the human aspects (cooperation and coordination) involved in strategic interaction. The work is supplemented by numerous clear and meaningful diagrams. This presentation of strategic thinking is based on a solid intellectual foundation, yet can be read by those not expert on the topic. Highly recommended for upper-division and graduate collections. -E. Garaventa, College of Staten Island, CUNY