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How to Win Games and Beat People: Demolish Your Family and Friends at over 30 Classic Games with Advice from an International Array of Experts

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Games are supposed to be fun-but everyone knows that it’s more fun when you win, especially when you crush your friends and family.

In HOW TO WIN GAMES AND BEAT PEOPLE, science editor for The Times Tom Whipple gathers inside tips, strategy, and advice from a ridiculously overqualified array of experts on how to come out victorious in a wide range of common family games, bo
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dey Street Books
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Travis Bow
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Three reasons why this is the perfect bathroom reading material:
1) It will make you laugh out loud, sometimes maniacally (a sound which is generally enhanced by the acoustics of tile and glass)
2) Every chapter takes somewhere between three and seven minutes to read (as do certain other bathroom activities not incompatible with reading / laughing)
3) Prominent placement in the bathroom will ensure that your game-night guests know you mean business (never underestimate the power of intimidation)

Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: x2016-17-season
Light toilet reading. 2-3 pages chapters of advice on about 50 common games.
Melinda Brasher
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really interesting, with information about and quotes from the experts in each discipline, some of which is rather tongue-in-cheek, especially about things like apple bobbing and stone skipping. I love the "how it ends" section for each game—most quite funny. Good humor, but also physics, math, strategy, logic, and lots on interesting tidbits. Great book.

Oh, and thanks to this, I spent entirely too much time alternately laughing at and being amazed by, the AI internet program that can p
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

This is an informative, entertaining book about how to win various games, complete with some useful tables for Scrabble. Some of the sections are more useful than others, and some games were left out that I'd thought would be there, like Mousetrap.

I'm not sure if it's as useful as I'd hoped, but still a lot of fun.
Wendi Lau
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My competitive, eleven-year old loved it. She actually practices Monopoly so she can smash her friends and enemies. This book was right up her alley.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
How to Win Games and Beat People is exactly what it sounds like. It is a book that analyzes a few well-known games and gives you the strategies you need to follow in order to win.

Much like in real capitalism, success is a mixture of luck, judgment, and the extent of one's willingness to mercilessly crush the weak.

You can't really argue with that, can you?
It also explains how these well-known games usually end.

In an unsatisfying impasse. If it doesn't end in an unsatisfying im
Blake Blackwell
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominate the Holidays

This book will give you some very pragmatic advice on classic games like Monopoly, Battleship, and Connect Four. Other games such as stone skipping or eating contests may be out of reach without a lot of discipline and free time. Overall a good book, although each chapter was fairly self-contained. I wish there would have been a bit more of a strand to weave it altogether.
Johan Dahlbäck
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick and fun read. A lot of humour and some science. I had expected some more depth and more examples in the strategies, and more board games than games like "pooh sticks", "drinking games" and "sand castles". I don't think the knowledge from this book will help me in any games I do play.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was both funny and well-written. The strategies were not that ground-breaking (everybody knows to go for the middle spot in tic-tac-toe) but I still found this very enjoyable to read.
Robin Ver
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some sections are interresting, like the ones on risk, rock paper scissors and monopoly, but others provide no advice on the game they describe.
Deborah  Cleaves
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Glib. The premise and promise of the title is not lived up to. Toddle on past this one.
Tom Denker
More fun than useful. Except maybe the part about Jenga.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good

I haven't even started and eye eye yet yeet I think it is an okey dokey in my words yeet
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed podcast interview too
Matt Suder
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, non-fiction
Idea better than the execution. Good insight into origins of the games discussed.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: don-t-own
Fun little book to read in spare moments. Thirty-odd games are covered here, from classics like Scrabble and Monopoly to advanced stuff like Risk and Diplomacy, and even a couple non-games like Pooh sticks (a game popularized by A. A. Milne, I guess, wherein you drop a stick in a river and watch it go).

Each game is given two or three pages, with a short intro followed by some strategy or, in a few cases, just an interesting story or two. Chess, for example: This book isn't going to give you real
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a selection of very short chapters analysing techniques of games. It was interesting to read about how to approach games in ways that you wouldn't normally think to, e.g. a computer scientist's approach to Battleship. There were parts that were quite funny and it had some interesting facts about the creation of some of the games.

I enjoyed reading about the technique to approach games likes Monoply, Connect 4, and Scrabble. Less interested in the strategy of stick races and slot car
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. I love Whipple's approach to gathering super geeky info on stuff that doesn't really matter much (i.e. Monopoly). Using it all to my advantage will be the real trick with this one. The kids and I were already playing with the world record holding paper airplane (distance) design but I can't seem to get the same effect with my rock skipping.
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic
Brenda: I am ready for the Hangman rematch.
Katlyn Calia
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick, fun read
Al Menaster
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Had some interesting ideas for winning a variety of games.
Anthony Faber
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Strategy for various games. Sort of amusing.
Don Packett
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
A light and entertaining read for sure. You're not going to walk away from all games being the true hero and demolisher, but you'll definitely walk into them knowing a few tips and tricks.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Would you like to play a game?
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun, quick read with good humor throughout.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
* Funny and quite useful.

* Some of the games are silly.
* Chess is not covered.
George Woodbury
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, light read. The author has a great sense of humor, and portrays the opinions of the experts well.
CJ Curtis
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Branden Foote
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