The Strategy of Conflict
A series of closely interrelated essays on game theory, this book deals with an area in which progress has been least satisfactory--the situations where there is a common interest as well as conflict between adversaries: negotiations, war and threats of war, criminal deterrence, extortion, tacit bargaining. It proposes enlightening similarities between, for instance, maneuvering in limited war and in a traffic jam; deterring the Russians and one's own children; the modern strategy of terror and the ancient institution of hostages.
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It is interesting that political democracy itself relies on a particular communication
system in which the transmittal of authentic evidence is precluded: the mandatory
secret ballot is a scheme to deny the voter any means of proving which way he ...
The use of a professional collecting agency by a business firm for the collection
of debts is a means of achieving unilateral rather than bilateral communication
with its debtors and of being therefore unavailable to hear pleas or threats from
Whether it is a potent means may depend on what alternatives are available.
That there are other means of concerting, including some that may substantially
outweigh the notion of symmetry, seems amply demonstrated by the experiments
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This is one of the most important books on Game Theory, and also, thankfully, one of the more accessible (certainly much more so than von Neumann's and Morgenstern's book). His main theses are that ... Read full review
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