A Spy's Guide to Thinking

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 w "Head wounds bleed. All those vessels going to the brain. Carrying nutrients so you can think. Which I hadn?...

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Title:A Spy's Guide to Thinking
Author:John Braddock
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B00XZCYHRW
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:43 pages pages

A Spy's Guide to Thinking Reviews

  • James
    Dec 27, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

  • Jake Losh
    Feb 13, 2018

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

  • Mscout
    Jul 31, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

  • Wil Wheaton
    Nov 24, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

  • Sarah Booth
    Jun 17, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

  • Bob
    Feb 22, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

  • Lukas Lovas
    Sep 22, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

  • Kaj Sotala
    Jan 15, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

  • Anabela
    May 14, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

    Quick and dirty but effective For 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 familiar with the process. Can't beat the price either. ...

    Good quick read Woven into a book on approaches of how to think is an engaging story about an encounter on the subway. Great way to illustrate the author's points. ...

    Fast reading with practical advice A quick guide on how to think and act for your benefit. A very ngaging story as well. Will read more from this author. ...

  • Dimple
    Jan 03, 2018

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

  • Joe Compton
    Oct 09, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

    Quick and dirty but effective For 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 familiar with the process. Can't beat the price either. ...

    Good quick read Woven into a book on approaches of how to think is an engaging story about an encounter on the subway. Great way to illustrate the author's points. ...

  • Karol Gajda
    Dec 08, 2015

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

  • Kim
    Oct 20, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

  • SheLove2Read
    Jan 21, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

  • Nikita
    Nov 14, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

  • Brittany
    Mar 25, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

  • Emily Olsen
    Dec 19, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

  • Nick Skelton
    Mar 12, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

  • Wyatt Sosey
    Dec 23, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

  • Jamie Yu
    Jan 13, 2018

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

  • Kit Lange
    Jun 05, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

    Quick and dirty but effective For 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 familiar with the process. Can't beat the price either. ...

  • Tania C-L
    Oct 18, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

  • Amir
    May 03, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

  • Soheil
    Nov 20, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

  • Darren Loreni
    Feb 29, 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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

  • Ryan Alsaihaty
    Nov 24, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

  • R. F. Errant
    Feb 22, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

  • philip farah
    Jan 07, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

  • Avrin Kelly
    Jul 18, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

    Quick and dirty but effective For 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 familiar with the process. Can't beat the price either. ...

    Good quick read Woven into a book on approaches of how to think is an engaging story about an encounter on the subway. Great way to illustrate the author's points. ...

    Fast reading with practical advice A quick guide on how to think and act for your benefit. A very ngaging story as well. Will read more from this author. ...

    I know that the premise of this story/ informational booklet seems simplistic at first glance. But, as I began to read farther into the insights of a former spy and CIA operative, I started to realize how true his words were. John Braddock broke down thinking into its smallest pieces a...

  • Skk14
    Jul 07, 2017

    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 decisions during the encounter. And then he spends a whole chapter of an already short ...

    The subject Spy's Guide to thinking offers a framework for effective thinking which is based on experiences of a field spy "John Braddock". I guess this is the guy who convinced white house of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, hence igniting the war. The book The b...

    Interesting reading. Free if you have Amazon Prime. Not a lot of actual spy information but it's obvious the author is knowledgeable on the subject either by study or by actual employment as a spy. What if found the most interesting is the critical thinking steps the author details. Ea...

    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. "How you play all the other games depends on what kind of game is the final game."...

    No wonder it is trending on Goodreads. Short and Sharp. A must read. I guess what he has written is pretty obvious but it is the way he has chosen to write the book that keeps you hooked. The DADA and the three games. Awesome. Reading this book only confirmed my hypothesis that my ...

    Interesting point of view. The thing I most took from this book is, that some people overthink things. Not a bad thing, but if you're not trained to think fast, you'll end up being a passive observer in most situations, if you try to adapt this approach. ...

    Lacks depth, volume Lessons and insights are shallow. Light content. Written as a stream of consciousness. Topic is intriguing however content is poor. Book is more of a chapter than it is a book ...

    Much more examples would have been nice, but it was a nice read for its length and price. I had previously heard about the concept of the OODA loop, and the idea that the person who goes through the loop faster wins, but been unsure of how to apply it. This helped clarify that. ...

    Nice 45 minute (longer if you ponderize processes) Kindle Single nonfiction topic read on methods of thinking, decision making, and finding answers/information. Turns a very academic explanation of DADA, the OODA loop, scientific method, game sum theory, and etcetera, which other wise ...

    The 45 minute read could have been condensed to 45 words. Or less. A lot less. Most of the text was devoted to a self-congratulatory experience with a tweaker on a train trying to snag the author's phone. I think it was supposed to illustrate how well his DADA system of thinking works,...

    A short book that offers you a simple framework for thinking with a story. You could find both, better explained, on the internet. No need to read this one. ...

    To me, this just felt like it was lacking in content??? Would have been an interesting short article in a magazine to read while waiting at the optometrist's, but I felt like I gained nothing from reading this. It was interesting in jumping back and forth between the scene on the train...

    I got at least three useful points from reading this, which considering the cost and time to read it, is a good value. My problem with the book is that his main example does not validate his teaching. In fact, they appear to invalidate them. If the example is the best of his persona...

    I liked it. Extra star for not being longer than it has to be. Best explanation of DADA/OODA loops I've seen so far that isn't packed with bloat. Edit: I'd offer that reviewers hating on the "politics" tangentially offered by the author's personal/professional opinions on, e.g., the...

    Interesting I like books that give me the inside look in how things work. I might be interested in reading the next one. ...

    Guide to thinking: collect DATA >> perform ANALYSIS >> make DECISION >> take ACTION Only if this is not obvious to you, go ahead and read this book. ...

    Poorly written and nearly useless. ...

    Very short read, has an interesting story in-between the explanation of how one should think. I was already accustomed to Boyd?s OODA Loop, so it was refreshing to learn a different, albeit similar, process. The author explains the DADA process which means data, analysis, decision-ma...

    Very well executed This book is simple, clear, useful and interesting. The structure is awesome, textbook writing style, I loved it. Looking forward to the next one ...

    Interesting little story and reflection on the conversion of information to action. Not particularly original. In the motorcycle course I took, they teach a process of riding: Scan-Identify-Predict-Decide-Execute, which is no different that DADA or OODA or whatever. The notion of BATNA...

    Repetitive Could have been boiled down to 5 pages. The repetition of the data analysis decision action and the three types of games zero sum, positive and negative hardly needed to be broken down into such a way that made it understandable to a three year old. Had perhaps more of th...

    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 scientific and historical examples that made for an engaging and approachable read. It was ...

    Not much to it but it was a fun read. Braddock discusses the thought process and how a spy analyses situations using a confrontation with a druggy on a train as a frame of reference (which happened to him on the to a covert meeting). This is a Kindle single so it can be read easily in ...

    Holds your interest and does a great job breaking down thinking I don't know why I picked up this book but it was a great way to kill time while learning how the DADA thought process works. ...

    Interesting read - puts you inside the mind of a spy during a crucial decision. Gives you a framework of how to collect data, analyze, make a decision, and act. Fun read that puts an exciting twist on a normal topic. ...

    Quick and dirty but effective For 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 familiar with the process. Can't beat the price either. ...

    Good quick read Woven into a book on approaches of how to think is an engaging story about an encounter on the subway. Great way to illustrate the author's points. ...

    Fast reading with practical advice A quick guide on how to think and act for your benefit. A very ngaging story as well. Will read more from this author. ...

    I know that the premise of this story/ informational booklet seems simplistic at first glance. But, as I began to read farther into the insights of a former spy and CIA operative, I started to realize how true his words were. John Braddock broke down thinking into its smallest pieces a...

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