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There is a decent overview of game theory in this book. However, the content becomes extremely tangential and I even forgot several times that I was listening to a book about game theory at all. The author clearly did a lot of research (even toots his own horn at the end of the book about it), but failed to leave out any unnecessary information in the text so as not to lose the reader (listener). In short, while the language of the book is certainly written for the layperson. The format is akin to that of a scientific research paper and is a little (lot) boring.
The narrator did not help things. I may enjoy this narrator for a novel of some kind, but for this type of book his tone bored me to sleep. He did not have that knack for making the material exciting and interesting.
Another small point - and this may be more related to my inaccurate expectations, but worth mentioning for others - is that this book does not really talk about how to strategize within the confines of a typical issue - such as how to navigate a prisoners dilemma type situation. There is more examples on how to introduce regulation or something that removes the elements of the prisoner's dilemma type situation. Not actually what I was looking for. I was hoping to learn about anticipating other people's moves and so on. Again, my incorrect assumptions don't make the book bad, but might be useful for anyone looking for something similar to what I was (am) looking for.
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Book contains an assortment of relevant exampkes of game strategies in real life settings. I found it a helpful source to augment learning about the traditinal mathematical model/s.
Perhaps a shortcoming was that I would have liked linkage of the scenarios to math models. Without the linkage, the reading awareness was reduced to anecdotal descriptions that provide minimal guidance to a reader seeking knowledge beyond precursory mentions. Overall, the book presented an excelllent concept.
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