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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    A Spy's Guide to Thinking Reviews

  • Wil Wheaton
    Nov 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 deci...

  • SheLove2Read
    Jan 21, 2017

    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. Wh...

  • Karol Gajda
    Dec 08, 2015

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

  • Kaj Sotala
    Jan 15, 2017

    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 l...

  • Emily Olsen
    Dec 19, 2016

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

  • Kit Lange
    Jun 05, 2016

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

  • Anabela
    May 14, 2016

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

  • Jennifer Balascio
    Feb 04, 2017

    Strong ROIThe return you'll receive from the hour you might invest in this read is orders of magnitude greater than one should reasonably expect.Braddock laces together two distinct worlds - ours, the...

  • TR
    Feb 13, 2017

    Short like an article and doesn't cover enoughI am all for short useful books. This wasn't one of them. By the time I finished what I assumed was chapter 2 or 3, the book was previewing another book w...

  • Rob Alex
    Feb 19, 2017

    Interesting getting into the spy's thinking process, however I would have loved to hear more stories about how this thinking process worked. It is amazing how fast their minds are trained to work and ...