- Hardcover: 600 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); First Edition edition (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393974219
- ISBN-13: 978-0393974218
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A marvelous book! Every topic is right on target, and the exposition is extraordinary. You can count me among the many people who will find it the best undergraduate text on the subject. -- Vincent Crawford, University of California-San Diego
Dixit and Skeath recognize the possibility of teaching the concepts of game theory at the earliest stages of the undergraduate curriculum; this is very progressive and praiseworthy. Using Games of Strategy, students everywhere--budding military strategists at Annapolis and economic theorists in training at Chicago alike--will be able to enjoy an early introduction to the field. The generous variety of illustrative specific cases has the effect that what is learned can be more easily retained than if there were only the assertion of theoretical concepts without enlightening examples. -- John F. Nash jr., Princeton University, Nobel Laureate, Economic Sciences
Games of Strategy provides a marvelous introduction to game theory. It is full of engaging examples drawn from economics, political science, and other areas. This book would serve very well as the core text for a nontechnical game theory course in political science departments. -- Robert Powell, University of California-Berkeley
I have long thought that an elementary game theory text was a great idea, and I have reviewed a number of book proposals and manuscripts by economists hoping to produce such a book. Games of Strategy is super, both in its initial objectives and in its execution of them. -- Amanda Bayer, Swarthmore College
Thanks very much for allowing me to use the draft version of Games of Strategy, by Avinash Dixit and Susan Skeath. It is a superb book, probably the best text that I have used in my twelve years as a college professor. My sense is that it quickly will become the most widely used nontechnical introduction to game theory. It is extremely well done. -- Larry Evans, College of William and Mary
To know game theory is to change your lifetime way of thinking. Games of Strategy is a delightful skeleton key to the twenty-first century's emerging culture. -- Paul A. Samuelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nobel Laureate, Economic Sciences
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The problems are at a good level. They're challenging enough to push the reader, but not so hard as to be discouraging.
If you're looking for an in-depth, math intensive game theory text, this is not your book, but if you're looking for an analytical overview, this book is well written and helpful.
If you are looking for a mathematical approach, this is probably not the book for you. If you know nothing about game theory and just want to read up on it, go with 'thinking strategically' instead of this because this is a textbook. If you want a relatively non-technical introduction as part of a course or for self-study, or if you have another textbook that you find too technical, this would be a good book for you.
This is a very introductory text book, and at times can be frustrating trying to go the next step that is needed for comprehension of a concept. If you are looking for an introduction to Game Theory concepts and examples of the introductory games, this is a good book. But once to try to go the next step and start analyzing the boundary cases or a more complicated game, this book will not have the answers.
Although it keeps the mathematics rather minimal, you'll need to do your own workings to better understand the text. To get more from this book, you'll need to be involved in the examples the book provides... breezing through may not help you understand the theory better.
While I do read other books on game theory, I find myself going back to Games of Strategy to review the basics and the examples. The example on the tennis game has provided me some starting ideas on the issues I've to face in some research areas I'm working on.