Summary of The HEAD Game

High-Efficiency Analytic Decision Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly

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The HEAD Game book summary
To make better decisions, just use your HEAD.


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Former CIA analyst Philip Mudd applies decades of analytical experience to help you parse problems more effectively. His stories about participating in high-stakes geopolitical decision making are fascinating. The lessons he learned and his candor about the mistakes he committed make his accounts especially useful. You can apply Mudd’s strategies to address problems in any field or adapt the individual stages of his decision making or analytical process to your needs. His writing is, well, a little muddy, but getAbstract recommends his intelligent approach to readers making major decisions, sorting through multiple choices or solving complex problems.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What strategies you can use to analyze problems more effectively,
  • What steps lead to making better decisions and
  • How to overcome the obstacles you face when analyzing data.


“Thinking Backward”
CIA analysts who are prioritizing threats and ordinary people who are deciding which house to buy all have to sort through information. You can’t simply look at the data. There’s too much of it, and it’s too messy. You need a systematic way to make good decisions. ...
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About the Author

A former analyst and executive for the CIA and the FBI, Philip Mudd also wrote Takedown.

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    Jim Getten 3 months ago
    Good summary. I'm a fox, not a hedgehog.
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    Chong-Woo Park 3 months ago
    A summary that creates appetite to buy the book. Thanks.

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