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.
“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”
“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”