Introductory game theory books

The table below shows the best introductory game theory books.

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The price and review scores shown were the ones on Amazon at the time I last updated the table. I’m not clever enough to get it to be updated automatically!

With so much choice it can be difficult to know where to start!

If you are just looking for a basic introduction and don’t want to spend too much money then I suggest starting with William Spaniel’s Game Theory 101 book. You should also check out his YouTube videos.

For a more academically rigorous starting book then a good choice would be Ken Binmore’s Playing for Real.

If you really want to make sure that you aren’t missing anything then for a comprehensive and up-to-date book you should try Game Theory by Maschler, Solan and Zamir. At over 1000 pages you won’t find much missing from this book!

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