Game Theory 101: The Textbook

I wanted to create a textbook that follows the video lectures I have posted online. This textbook was the result. I offer multiple versions to meet your exact needs. The Complete Textbook ($3.99, on Amazon) covers the entire course. If you need something less, you can opt for just chapter one for the essentials of strategic form games (The Basics, $0.99, on Amazon), just chapter two for an introduction to extensive form games (Extensive Form, $2.99, on Amazon), or just chapter three for advanced topics on strategic form games (Advanced Strategic Form Games, $2.99, on Amazon).
Which should you buy? It depends on your needs. If you have a passing interest in game theory, I recommend The Basics. However, if you are using this for a class, you will almost certainly need The Complete Textbook in the long run, so you might as well make the investment. It is only $3.99 anyway, and that is a cheap price for a better grade. (The $3.99 book contains everything, so there is no need to purchase any of the other books.) Only buy Extensive Form or Advanced Strategic Form Games if you have a very specific need. If you are still unsure which to buy, check the product descriptions on Amazon of the books and compare the topics covered to your class syllabus.
Regardless, you should buy one of them. Here's why:

  • Most game theory textbooks are written as reference manuals. I wrote mine specifically to teach the fundamental concepts. I promise the notation in my books will not confuse you.
  • They are dirt cheap. Most game theory books contain lessons you will never use. Why pay for them? My textbooks give you exactly what you need and do not charge for useless information.
  • They are e-textbooks, so you will get them immediately. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the desktop Kindle reader here (for free). Kindle apps are also available (for free) for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, and Blackberry in their respective app stores.
  • They are good books. If you don’t believe me, you can download a PDF of the first chapter (for free) and see for yourself. Kindle also sends you larger sample versions (for free) if you already have the device/program/app.
  • They are designed specifically for digital printing. No other game theory textbook is. As you have seen in the videos, the math in game theory is not hard, but it is logically demanding. The only way to make things clear is to solve every game step-by-step. Print books cannot do this--it requires far too many equations and images, costing the publisher an unacceptable amount of ink and paper. On the other hand, all problems in my book feature step-by-step, line-by-line calculations. The Complete Textbook has more than 400 images alone!
  • And if you really dislike your purchase, Amazon gives you a generous seven day return policy.