- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (January 29, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321013492
- ISBN-13: 978-0321013491
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's application to real-world situations is almost without limit: incredible that even a topic as important as the Cuban Missile Crisis is almost pushed to the background.
Oddly, the models of decision-making are so universal, the extra historical information added to the earlier edition, which I read decades ago, are almost a distraction. If that is a "criticism" of the book, then you can take it that way, but it is only when compared to the universality of the principles of decision-making stated.
I was pleasantly surprised. Essence of Decision is really well written. It is very discusses a lot of theory yet is easy to understand and enjoy! I read it in a hurry for class, but I think I'm now going to go back and read it again for fun.