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The Compleat Strategyst by J.D. Williams
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Nov 24, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: People who like headaches

This book teaches you how, given a set of choices, how to make the least offensive one. For example, in a game of Paper-Rock (no Scissors), always choose Paper; at worst, you fail to lose.

By the end you're playing Paper-Rock-Scissors-And-Twelve-Other-Things and your head is swimming, but the writing is accessible, and the wit is positively Saharan. For example, "The following exercises offer opportunities for error."

Even if you don't follow the author down into the arithmetic too deeply, he does an excellent job of explaining the theory, making it accessible to everyone who has even a passing interest in mathematics.
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