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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781446444368
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288


How to See and Shape the Future with Game Theory

A dazzling, provocative and utterly engrossing account of how one man is able to predict the future.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita can predict the future.

From international terrorism to corporate fraud, from climate change to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has been predicting the future for decades. Using Game Theory (a theory based on the rationale that everyone acts in their own self-interest) he can foretell and even engineer events. His forecasts, for everyone from the CIA to major international companies, have an extraordinary 90% success rate. In this fascinating and immensely readable book he explains how you can use Game Theory to your own advantage – to win a legal dispute, advance your career and even get the best possible price for your car. Predictioneer will change your understanding of the world – both now and in the future.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781446444368
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the author

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is Julius Silver Professor of Politics at New York University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. A specialist in policy forecasting, political economy and international security policy, he received his doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan. Bueno de Mesquita is the author of fourteen books and numerous articles for journals, newspapers and magazines. He is a partner in a consulting firm focused on government and business applications of his game theory models. He lives in San Francisco and New York City.

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Praise for Prediction

A fascinating new book

Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

Mesquita offers zingily provocative contemporary policy ideas


Fruitful reading that will make it difficult to look at the world through quite the same eyes as in one's virginal, pre-game theory days

Kirkus Reviews

Organized thought applied to problems can illuminate and help solve them. This easy and enjoyable read is, in many ways, a how-to book for that very purpose

George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has demonstrated the power of using game theory and related assumptions of rational and self-seeking behavior in predicting the outcome of important political and legal processes. No one will fail to appreciate and learn from this well-written and always interesting account of his procedures

Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Predictioneer teaches us that we can predict how a conflict may be resolved if we carefully consider the incentives for all parties in the conflict. In an extraordinary range of applications, from ancient history to tomorrow's headlines, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita demonstrates the power of the game-theoretic approach

Roger B. Myerson, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Professor, University of Chicago

An interesting account of how one can approach apparently diverse situations

BBC Focus Magazine

A very interesting and entertaining read



Sunday Herald

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