A Spy's Guide to Thinking

  • by John Braddock
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 1 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Head wounds bleed. All those vessels going to the brain. Carrying nutrients so you can think. Which I hadn't...I was stunned. But I hadn't lost yet. I still had the phone. And two options."
There are a select few people who get things done. Spies are first among them.
In this 45-minute listen, a former spy introduces two simple tools for thinking. The first describes how we think. The second helps us think ahead. They are the essential tools for getting things done.
The tools are applied to an incident in a subway car in Europe where a spy faces a new enemy. Then, they're reapplied to Saddam Hussein's stockpiling (or not) of weapons of mass destruction.
John Braddock was a case officer at the CIA. He developed, recruited and handled sources on weapons proliferation, counter-terrorism, and political-military issues. A former university research fellow, he is now a strategy consultant. He helps people and organizations think more effectively about their strategy, their customers, and their competition.

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A Smart Guide to Thinking

Would you listen to A Spy's Guide to Thinking again? Why?

I have already listened to it three times and have been taking notes. It is a good, concise, guide to proper thinking, and leads to effective actions. When you are in the fog of making a decision, this book will give you a good method to collect data, analyze that data, make decisions, and take action. In short, it is a very smart way to handle many daily personal and business situations.


What other book might you compare A Spy's Guide to Thinking to and why?

In one respect, I have to refer to Sun Tzu's, "The Art of War". In both of these books, you are given some effective ways to look at situations and develop solutions, then carry out actions. They both raise your thinking to higher levels.


Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a number of Kevin Pierce's performances and have always enjoyed them. In fact, that is the reason I opted to listen to this audiobook. Kevin has made some good choices in his narrations. I have never been disappointed.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That is what is funny about this book. Yes, being an hour of so in length, it is easy to listen to in that time. However, there is so much information, pared down in a simple form, it is worth listening to several times.


Any additional comments?

Disclaimer: This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. My first thought is that this is a very "smart" book. It is compact, and concise. John Braddock has been able to throw in a good spy story to show how to properly think in a stressful situation. The four steps are collecting data, analyzing the data, deciding on a course of action, and taking that action. Each step is important. As you get to the action part the cost of this process increases, when you take that course of action. So your decision making, based on your analysis, based on your data collection, must be good. I work as a boat captain. I collect data on the weather, and condition of the ship and crew. I analyze this information to determine the best course to take. I make a decision to take a course of action. I take that action. After taking that action, I collect more data, analyze that data, make more decisions, and take appropriate action. This thinking loop is what a captain does. So this thinking process is what I do, but did not put this into perspective until John Braddock put it into this context. The book also gets into "games", re zero sum games, positive sum games, and negative sum games. This helps to conceptualize transactions that take place between people, governments, and businesses. As I said, this is a very smart book that will give you tools for more effective thinking. At the end of this book, John mentions he will have a follow up book on Strategies. I am looking forward to reading this. If you like Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", you will like John Braddock's, "A Spy's Guide to Thinking".

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- Robert Franks "My best regards to the authors/voice actors who tirelessly provide quality content. Your efforts and visions shared are greatly appreciated"

Too basic

It's just one sorry of a train situation on how to writer handled it and thought processed everything. I really gained nothing from this book. I felt everything was information most others would already incorporate into their personal situations.
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- TatorTodd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2015
  • Publisher: John Braddock