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Strategy in Poker, Business and War, John McDonald, 1950.

Strategy in Poker, Business and War, John McDonald, 1950. McDonald was the ghostwriter for Alfred P. Sloan's My Years with General Motors. McDonald probably came to Sloan's attention because of this strategy book; see Alfred P. Sloan: Critical Evaluations in Business and Management, John Cunningham Wood, Michael C. Wood, p. 91). Is Anybody Listening? How and why U. S. Business Fumbles when it Talks with Human Beings, William H. Whyte, 1952. The Wonderful World of Books, Alfred Stefferud, 1953.

John McDonald, R. Osborn (Illustrator). He was also the author of books on business, game theory, and fly fishing. Books by John McDonald.

The ludicrously interpretative illustrations by Robert Osborn are quite .

The ludicrously interpretative illustrations by Robert Osborn are quite deceptive for this is a serious discussion of the theory of games whose lead off article, on poker, is used as a fundamental of these theories in operation in business, military, economic and political fields.

Strategy in Poker, Business and War - John McDonald. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. This is a small and concise introduction to the issue of strategy. Easily read in a weekend or less with great value. This is a keeper for sure. A Very Original View of the Felt. com User, 13 years ago. The first thing that potential readers will probably want to know about this book is that it was actually written in 1950, but re-released in 1996

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McDonald, John Dennis. 1950) Strategy in poker, business and war /New York : Norton. McDonald, John Dennis. by John McDonald ; illustrated by Robert Osborn. Strategy In Poker, Business And War. New York : Norton 1950. These citations may not conform precisely to your selected citation style. Please use this display as a guideline and modify as needed. Main Author: McDonald, John Dennis. Published: New York : Norton c1950.

Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Strategy in Poker, Business & War. Whether your primary interest is to improve your card game or put together a political coalition, here you will be enjoyably instructed in an approach to strategy that has caught the imagination of a generation of readers. John McDonald looks at the elusive thread of opposition and conflict that runs through human interrelationships, from the striking of a bargain to the clash of war.

John McDonald looks at the elusive thread of opposition and conflict that runs through human interrelationships, from the striking of a bargain to the clash of war. He discusses poker; game theory, as it applies to games but mainly to business; the strategies of buyers and sellers; and finally military and other applications.

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The first thing that potential readers will probably want to know about this book is that it was actually written in 1950, but re-released in 1996. It definitely is dated as Hold'Em, the game most of us play, was not even a twinkle in a Texan's eye at the time it came out. Strategy is not a "how to" manual. It is philosophical in nature. In fact, some of the technical things he explains do not jive with our current perception of how poker should be played. He recommends playing conservative in a conservative game and loose in a loose game; although, every expert I've read says the opposite.

Other than its fifties feel (he talks about bridge quite a bit), it is an intriguing little book with some excellent ideas. The main subject is strategy, and how people arrive at the decisions they do. McDonald gives an overview of game theory which is perfect for those unfamiliar with it. We learn about "minimax" and the way in which games are played in general. Then game theory is examined in relation to poker, business, and the military. Concerning poker itself, America's new obsession is analyzed in the first 60 or so pages. The author clearly has some new things to say, and this is surprising considering that Strategy was written over half a century ago.

As a narrator, McDonald can be profound. The idea that gambling and capitalism are reflective of man's true nature is intriguing. Undoubtedly, such a belief is correct as it is the promise of fortune that creates societal innovation, enrichment, and millions of people spending dollars (that they don't have) on everything from The Lotto to poker. Another great point Thompson makes is that it is female curiosity undermines their capacity to excel in poker because curiosity about what your opponent holds can be deadly (for an example of female curiosity, think of Annie Duke illegally grabbing Johnny Chan's mucked cards last year in the WSOP). I liked the notion that poker embodies all the traits civilization discourages, and then the counter-notion that when we make use of these deceptive traits at the table it decreases our need to do so during life on the whole.

Strategy has much to offer, but I would not pay full price for it. It's no more than 100 pages of text, so you should check out the z shop price first. I got mine for about $2.00.
Great read.
great book ; assigned reading at The Wharton School
Okay, over all I like this book. I don't know exactly what I thought this book would provide. I think I was looking for a little more game theory than what this provided me. It is short, and pretty good, so I would have to say it is worth your time.
I'm still reading it. Damn good read
The article McDonald wrote was well written in Fortune magazine but unfortunately is not much more informative in the 100+ page book that follows. McDonald attempts to connect phenomena (games, economics, business, & war) to concepts in which he feels cross between disciplines. However, the writing style of his book swtiches back and forth between making assertions and stating examples that are so broad that at some point becomes unrelated to the whole point of the book. One example even tries to describe the chemistry of ideal gases and how it's related to pure competition! I was expecting that the book would dive into deeper aspects of how poker was related to investing as he described in the article but mainly talks about concepts already written in standard college textbooks. I suspect that McDonald tried to rush his writing of the book and grabbed straws to fill out the pages. My recommendation is to read the article and not the book!
This book is really a study of games - specifically strategical games such as poker. Strategical games are those where information is imperfect. The author uses poker as a model for describing strategy in business, war, and politics - Three of life's other strategical games.
He correctly deduces that the optimal strategy in poker is not to have one - that is, to vary unpredictably. Poker playing requires deception, and to do that, the poker hand "must be concealed behind a mask of inconsistency," as he puts it. This is critical poker knowledge, but you don't have to buy the book for that.
He makes the important observation that the winning strategy in general is to have better information than one's opponent. Thus, poker players bluff representations of strength and weakness, in order to deny information about their hands to their opponents. People involved in capital markets try to get better, faster information (e.g. "real time quotes") because that is the only way to win.
Don't buy any poker books besides this one. It has everything you need. Don't buy any other gambling books - no sense wasting more money on games you can't win. As for business, war, and politics, this book describes a good "mindset" for thinking about these fields.
Game theory,also known as strategy,is hard if the readers are not math geniuses or haven't any knack for analyzing things.But it's also fun and easy if the readers choose for themselves a good introductory book like this book of McDonald's. It not only introduces the key elements of game theory in a concise and clear way, but uses three interesting dimensions to make readers further understands what's behind these scenes that are so close to our everyday life. So this is what I call 'helpful'.Next time when you go to the Vegas, you can be sure that what you learn from this book is so helpful. Bensides, it also provides business people and outspoken politicians with recommendable strategical points. Any educated reader, with or without math or ecnomics background, will learn this theory easily, which I believe is what Mr.McDonald has been trying to achieve and has done an excellent job. Different from any other introductory books, this book simplies and systematizes the basics of GAME THEORY, which, since J.von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstan first published their masterpiece on this subject, has been belonging to those who are talented enough to understand it, so as to make this science more accessible for we ordinary people.
Strategy in Poker, Business and War download epub
Management & Leadership
Author: John McDonald,Robert Osborn
ISBN: 039300225X
Category: Business & Money
Subcategory: Management & Leadership
Language: English
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (April 1989)
Pages: 128 pages