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About the Author
- Publication Date : May 31, 2015
- File Size : 530 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00XZCYHRW
- Print Length : 44 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Spies play a dangerous game. The movie portrayals of the espionage game are not far off, says the author. Novel gadgets rarely win the day. Spies want proven technologies, including the best ways to think in stressful situations.
This book uses the author's thought process during an attempted robbery where he, the spy, is victim as an example of his structured thought process, one that major spy agencies and the military actually use. Those who employ it benefit from better decisions and faster response times. In other words, this structured method of thinking, applied repeatedly in a repetitive or "looping" fashion, is more effective than the less structured, more improvisational thinking that most of us use to deal with the situations that life throws at us. The robbery's outcome may not be what you expect; but no spoilers here.
I particularly like the author's writing style and his sharp focus. This book has a message to deliver. There is no fluff or filler. Happily, there is a thread of suspense as he weaves his story about the attempted robbery through the explanation of the method. Near the end, he analyzes the thought process he went through in deciding to write the book in comparison to a reader's decision to purchase it. At first this seemed disingenuous. On reflection it makes perfect sense as an example of the game theory outcomes he uses to frame strategy in a stressful situation.
This book is a starting point. Anyone wishing to employ these methods likely requires both practice and further reading. The book does not have suggestions for other books on the subject or a bibliography. One star deducted on that account.
The temporary sale price was a significant data point in my decision to purchase - I might not have done so had the price been what it will be after the sale. I've come to expect low Kindle prices, knowing that ebooks are a volume business because the production and delivery costs are orders of magnitude less than they are for printed books. Short books can have considerable value, but that value is hard to assess without skimming as one can do with a hard copy. A sample, which usually contains introductory or stage-setting material, often helps little in the decision process.
“A Spy’s Guide to Thinking” is a intriguing little book. Badddock sets up a situation on a train of a druggie trying to steal his phone. Then he uses this situation to discuss the logic of government analysis on world issues. Baddock does a creditable job without stretching the analogy very much.
Could an individual take the logic and the logic grafts as presented by Baddock and apply the Data-Analysis-Decision-Action (DADA) logic to his own issues? Yes with some study and lots of personal life comparisons.
And presenting this DADA logic chain does Baddock help most of us. Most of us do not apply the DADA in decision making and this would be major shift in daily logic for most of us.
But the book does a creditable job of presenting the DADA logic chain for those who want to take the time and effort to apply it.
The book is well written, well formatted, and presents itself over the Kindle scene well.
1. It provides great insights into strategic decision making that I have found valuable within my working environment.
2. It is well written, easy to read and gets straight to the point. I didn't have to wade through chapters of padding to get to the good stuff!
I gladly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for points on strategic decision making and to anyone who enjoys a good read. Looking forward to the next one.
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An easy read, could have been a brain-burner, but was interesting and fun
This book helped me to reassess how I interact with others. What game am I playing? What will this lead to? What are my interests? Who can help
me? Is this a game we can both win or do I have to compete for the one winning option?
I don’t think Mr.Braddock expected to write a self help book, but game thinking has helped me to live a much more dignified life. It is concise, interesting, and spells out the how of structured game-base thinking. It’s also cheap like borscht and a huge value. Do yourself a favour and pick it up. :)
This piece could have been written by someone (not a former spy) with some knowledge on spy novels and recent war conflicts stories to add enough spy-war-content as an appealing context for the reader.
I must admit that I appreciate very much the writting style and the marketing strategy deployed.