A Spy's Guide to Thinking
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A Spy's Guide to Thinking


"Head wounds bleed. All those vessels going to the brain. Carrying nutrients so you can think. Which I hadn’t . . . I was stunned. But I hadn’t lost yet. I still had the phone. And two options."

There are a select few people who get things done. Spies are first among them.

In a 45 minute read, a former spy introduces two simple tools for thinking. The first describes how we think. The second helps us think ahead. They are the essential tools for getting things done.

The tools are applied to an incident in a subway car in Europe where a spy faces a new enemy. Then, they're reapplied to Saddam Hussein's stockpiling (or not) of weapons of mass destruction.

John Braddock was a case officer at the CIA. He developed, recruited and handled sources on weapons proliferation, counter-terrorism and political-military issues. A former university research fellow, he is now a strategy consultant. He helps people and organizations think more effectively about their strategy, their customers and the competition.

Title:A Spy's Guide to Thinking
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:43 pages

    A Spy's Guide to Thinking Reviews

  • Wil Wheaton
    Nov 25, 2016

    There's a moderately interesting story in here, about how the author handles a potentially violent encounter on a subway. He wants to show us how he uses a particular type of thinking to make his deci...

  • Karol Gajda
    Dec 08, 2015

    This was well-written (using an interesting back-and-forth literary device) and fun. A book about thinking, zero-sum, negative-sum, and positive-sum games, told through the eyes of a former CIA agent....

  • Nick
    Dec 26, 2016

    Okay, I admit, I fell for it. I paid a few bucks for this short read on my tablet, and I feel substantially ripped off. The author describes two heuristics which he says will improve decision-making. ...

  • Emily Olsen
    Dec 19, 2016

    I was expecting this to be overbearing and was happy to find that it wasn't. I really enjoyed the audiobook on my commute to work. Not only was the writing clear, but it also drew comparisons to scien...

  • Kit Lange
    Jun 05, 2016

    Quick and dirty but effectiveFor those already familiar with the OODA loop this may serve as a refresher as it was for me. But from an Intel standpoint its excellent for beginners who aren't quite fam...

  • Donna
    Oct 29, 2016

    Short, helpful if you didn't know this alreadyThis book was a short, easy read. The information wasn't anything new or any new insight on how the information could be a game changer. I am a former U.S...

  • J. Dorner
    Dec 29, 2016

    This clever book was easy to read and enjoy. It illustrates a short interaction on a subway car that demonstrates a thinking methodology. Lines like, ?actions are commitment,? and ?writers love ...

  • Akshay Suri
    Nov 26, 2016

    Short, crisp and to the point.The author decided to share 1 concept and sticks to it. He uses a first person narration of a spy story (who does not love spy stories!). It's just an hour read (much les...

  • Adam Saputra
    Dec 29, 2016

    Short, Not for economics majors Summed up opportunity cost, efficiently. Honestly, it was okay. If you are an economics major, you will find it crucially boring. The examples with Iraq was more fascin...

  • Paige
    Oct 23, 2016

    Quick and InterestingThe author goes back and forth between telling a short story of a conflict he encountered and a more general explanation of how a spy thinks. I got this book for free through amaz...