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The Strategy of Conflict

By: Thomas C. Schelling
Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
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Publisher's Summary

A series of closely interrelated essays on game theory, this book deals with an area in which progress has been least satisfactory - the situations where there is a common interest as well as conflict between adversaries: negotiations, war and threats of war, criminal deterrence, extortion, tacit bargaining. It proposes enlightening similarities between, for instance, maneuvering in limited war and in a traffic jam; deterring the Russians and one's own children; the modern strategy of terror and the ancient institution of hostages.

©1960, 1980 The President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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wow, brand new perspective...

it was like drinking from a fire hose trying to follow the author. so much info and such in depth thinking, but I came out of the experience with a *much* deeper appreciation of certain phenomena in the world and a much more nuanced view of negotiations and games. probably not the best intro to the topic, but well worth the read.

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But the physical book

The narrator was fine, but aside from the first chapter, it’s like having a math textbook read to you. Absolutely the wrong choice for a book to listen to while driving or working out. 👎🏼👎🏼

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Just get the print book

Interesting book but I would not recommend listening to it as an audiobook. Some of the heavier math will be incomprehensible.

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Pure crap

There is just nothing here, just nothing, please save ur time, it’s more useless than On War :)

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Disappointed

I tried listening multiple times over a three week period and finally stopped after chapter 3. The theory may be good but it reads like text without good examples to support. Someone respond if I should go further..

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  • 07-04-22

Great read

Loved it. Less easy to listen to on the road with all the tables in the text.

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An important book. PDF helps.

The associated PDF has visual aids / graphs /etc some chapters don't need them, but others do.

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Good Classic

the book is good. just difficult to follow if listening while on the drive due to constant reference to the pdf

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Excellent and revealing, but uses visual aids

I would recommend without hesitation but a reread of some sections with a regular copy may be necessary. Audio descriptions of decision matrices are hard to understand.

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May want the book.

Very insightful. Deep understanding of the strategy of conflict and how it effects us. Some parts of listening to the explanation of the charts made me wish I had a hard copy in front of me.

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  • 06-24-18

Nice book, but will question the audio version

Great book ,but very hard to understand some of the charts specific data ..
I guess the paper back will be better suited