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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (6 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691129088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691129082
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 18.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The book is enjoyable to read and truly an enrichment in game theory. It is widely well-structured and well-written and mathematically correct. The purpose is given perfectly. I recommend the book for researchers and graduate students who wants to get some insight in the area of game theory."--Sirma Zeynep, Zentralblatt MATH

"The book aims to be precise and rigorous, yet accessible and reader-friendly, and, to a great extent, it does hit these apparently conflicting targets. . . . The depth of the book is intermediate, with a conventional, yet clear, style of writing. It will please mainstream economists. . . . It can help advanced undergraduates and also students at honors or master's levels. It can also be used by PhD students seeking a fast, not so mathematized introduction to the field."--Jose Rodriques-Neto, Economic Record

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"Steve Tadelis's Game Theory is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduates, and great preparation for graduate work. It provides a clear, self-contained, and rigorous treatment of all the key concepts, along with interesting applications; it also introduces key technical tools in a straightforward and intuitive way."--Drew Fudenberg, Harvard University

"Steven Tadelis is a leading scholar in applied game theory, and his expertise shines through in this excellent new text. Aimed at intermediate to advanced undergraduates, it presents and discusses the theory remarkably clearly, at both the intuitive and formal levels. One novel feature I like is its serious consideration of the decision theoretic foundations of game theory. Another is its transparent presentation of relatively recent topics and applications, such as reputations in asymmetric information games, legislative bargaining, and cheap talk communication."--Steve Matthews, University of Pennsylvania

"Steve Tadelis has written an up-to-date, comprehensive, yet reader-friendly introductory textbook to game theory. He explains difficult concepts in an exceptionally clear and simple way, making the book accessible to students with a minimal background in mathematics. The abundance of examples and illustrations, drawing from economics, political science, and business strategy, not only shows the wide range of applications of game theory, but also makes the book attractive and fun to read. Tadelis's book will undoubtedly become a reference textbook for a first course in game theory."--Francis Bloch, école Polytechnique

"These days, game theory plays an essential role not only in economics, but in many other branches of social and engineering science, as well as philosophy, biology, psychology, even law. In all these disciplines, students and instructors alike should welcome this excellent resource for mastering the key tools of modern game theory."--Peter Hammond, University of Warwick

"It's hard to write a game theory textbook that strikes a good balance between precision and accessibility. But Steve Tadelis has accomplished this juggling act, with style and humor besides."--Eric S. Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Harvard University

"Game theory is a powerful tool for understanding strategic behavior in business, politics, and other settings. Steve Tadelis's text provides an ideal guide, taking you from first principles of decision theory to models of bargaining, auctions, signaling, and reputation building in a style that is both rigorous and reader-friendly."--Jonathan Levin, Stanford University

"Game Theory fills a void in the literature, serving as a text for an advanced undergraduate--or masters-level class. It has more detail than most undergraduate texts, while still being accessible to a broad audience and stopping short of the more technical approach of PhD-level texts. This is a valuable book, written by a meticulous scholar who is an expert in the field."--Matthew O. Jackson, author of Social and Economic Networks

"This is a great text, just at the right level for fourth-year undergraduates. The style is just right and the exercises are of high quality. Flow and organization are major strengths of the book--I can follow the text almost as is for the class I teach."--Luca Anderlini, Georgetown University

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy on 14 May 2015
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jingyi Mao on 15 Dec. 2014
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read yet comprehensive 4 Sept. 2013
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
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I was 'recommended' (not required) to purchase this book for a grad-level Game Theory class. I'm so glad I did!

Our class textbook is a little too complex and it's easy to miss the bigger picture, but in this book by Tadelis, the concepts are thoroughly explained for the novice reader AND it has the details which provide the necessary depth to understand the topics. I like the examples, the manner of writing (on your level, not above or at you), and it's made understanding Game Theory much more practical. Overall, I highly recommend this book for a student (or an intellectually curious learner) to help understand the complexity (and fun) that is Game Theory.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great balance of rigor and readability 26 Feb. 2013
By ATS - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent text for an advanced undergraduate course or a first-year graduate course. In my opinion, it hits the sweet spot in terms of balancing rigor and readability. It is rigorous in the sense that it includes precise mathematical definitions of key ideas and results, and in the sense that it is thorough (covering all the main topics and discussing important technical caveats when relevant). It is readable in the sense that it includes a wide variety of examples (both to motivate the topics and to illustrate ideas), and in the sense that it is very clearly written. The writing is not too chatty, but also not too formal, and from a formatting perspective the book is clean and free of all the colored boxes and bloated figures that plague textbooks these days (especially undergraduate textbooks).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book - well written and easy to follow. Shame about the missing solutions!! 19 Nov. 2013
By Geoff - Published on Amazon.com
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I am neither a student nor a lecturer but bought this bought for my own self-interest. It is an excellent text - very well written and introduces all the concepts clearly and concisely. In addition, the manner of writing is a refreshing change from the 'dry' style of so many other textbooks which make it far easier to read. I would certainly recommend this. The only real frustration for me (which is the only reason I have not given a top rating) is that the solutions offered on the website to the exercises in the book are incomplete and the full solutions are only available to lecturers (only the solutions for the even numbered questions are available to us mere mortals!) This is extremely frustrating as invariably it is the odd questions that seem to be the trickiest - whether this is by pure chance or intended I'm not sure. Still, I really don't see the need for this given that other textbooks regularly offer full solutions to all exercises. Annoyed!! :S
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great textbook for college students or as a self-study for mathematically inclined readers 4 April 2014
By Presh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book corresponds to material from the introductory course on game theory I took at Stanford from Steve Tadelis. One of the problems in game theory is that there are not good textbooks for college students/undergrads. Either the texts are more suitable for general audiences (I personally love "Thinking Strategically" and "The Art of Strategy" as supplemental reading but not as replacement textbooks), or they are way too technical and more suited for graduate work (like Fudenberg and Tirole's "Game Theory"). This book is a rare treat: it is precise mathematical treatment of game theory that is also fun to read. I'd recommend the reader be familiar with formal math proofs as well as have taking a course in probability theory (to understand Bayes Rule and expectation theory). I read the book from cover to cover and it reminded me why I enjoyed game theory so much. This is the text I'd recommend for anyone that wants to learn game theory in a rigorous fashion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great new textbook 17 Jan. 2013
By Yumiko Baba - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great textbook for intermediate game theory. Balance of rigorous theory and practical applications are incredible.
Everyone, I mean those who would like to follow mathematical approach and those who only use game theory to daily practical problems and do not like math can fully enjoy this book.
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