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.

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Book TitleA Spy's Guide to Thinking
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A Spy's Guide to Thinking Reviews

  • David S
    Dec 4, 2016

    David S

    DADA = OODA I am a huge fan of the OODA Loop process. I think it's one of the most efficient ways of getting through just about any issue or problem. The authors scenario that he pieces together in the book does a great job of laying lout all the pieces and how to implement it. ...

  • Joshua
    Dec 4, 2016


    Concise, and useful. The book was both interesting and insightful. Well worth the money. The book kept you engaged, and the diagrams were simple and helpful. ...

  • Shems
    Dec 3, 2016


    Ничего особенно нового.Да и наука не всегда работает так как рассказывает автор.В?...

  • Gwendalyn Wilde
    Dec 2, 2016

    Gwendalyn Wilde

    I really loved itI loved the quick and simple format with the clear lesson. Hour well spent. Can't wait to read the next book! ...

  • Emily K Geisert
    Dec 1, 2016

    Emily K Geisert

    Breaks down something we (hopefully) do every day Well written, concise, clear, easy to comprehend. A useful reminder when thinking becomes scattered. This is quite simply a practical guide to a healthy thought process in day to day life-all interspersed with realistic examples. ...

  • Mohammad Yagoub
    Nov 27, 2016

    Mohammad Yagoub

    GoodA good book talking about thinking methods with some spy stories to keep the reader interested in the material presented ...

  • Akshay Suri
    Nov 26, 2016

    Akshay Suri

    Short, crisp and to the point.The author decided to share 1 concept and sticks to it. He uses a first person narration of a spy story (who does not love spy stories!). It's just an hour read (much lesser for quick readers) and you take away a concept with you. Whether one will implemen...

  • Jacob Nelson
    Nov 26, 2016

    Jacob Nelson

    Good quick read on thinking.Good quick read on thinking. Takes Boyd's OODA loop in a different direction. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a quick read on thinking strategy. ...

  • Wil Wheaton
    Nov 25, 2016

    Wil Wheaton

    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 book...

  • Richard Barnes
    Nov 24, 2016

    Richard Barnes

    Interesting readA bit short. Very good ideas presented,but begs for a robust expression of the material. Worth reading if you like a guide to thinking. ...