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Games of Strategy: Theory and Applications, originally published by Prentice Hall in 1961, was written by Melvin Dresher, a RAND research mathematician, during the heyday of Game Theory at RAND. This book introduced readers to the basic concepts of game theory and its applications for military, economic, and political problems, as well as its usefulness in decisionmaking in business, operations research, and behavioral science. More than forty years after its first publication as a RAND research study, and to celebrate RAND’s 60th Anniversary, RAND is proud to bring this classic work back into print in paperback and digital formats.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Game, Strategy, and Saddle-Point

  • Chapter Two

    The Fundamental Theorem

  • Chapter Three

    Properties of Optimal Strategies

  • Chapter Four

    Games in Extensive Form

  • Chapter Five

    Methods of Solving Games

  • Chapter Six

    Games with Infinite Number of Strategies

  • Chapter Seven

    Solution of Infinite Games

  • Chapter Eight

    Games with Convex Payoff Functions

  • Chapter Nine

    Games of Timing — Duels

  • Chapter Ten

    Tactical Air-War Game

  • Chapter Eleven

    Infinite Games with Separable Payoff Functions

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