Review of "The Strategy of Conflict"

The Strategy of Conflict, by Thomas Schelling. ISBN 0674840313.

I expect everything in here is deeply familiar to today's game theorists, but it wasn't back in 1960 when this book was first pubished. Schelling rings the changes on a few simple but deep ideas in game theory:

Schelling applies these ideas primarily to war (limited, nuclear, cold, ...), deterrence, and negotiation.

Many of the chapters of "The Strategy of Conflict" contain phrases like "this paper"; I assume they are derived from earlier publications. But the book holds together well; it doesn't generally feel like a set of loosely connected articles. It helps that Schelling writes well.

(Schelling was one of the two co-winners of the 2005 Nobel Prize in economics.)