The Life and Times of Thomas Schelling

His typist also worked for Agatha Christie and, during the time she was typing Schelling’s works on conflict resolution, she was also typing Christie’s classic play The Mousetrap.

That is from Robert Didge’s The Strategist: The Life and Times of Thomas Schelling.  This book is fun, fun, fun.  Rather than trying to signal his abilities as a "serious biographer," Didge gives the reader insight into Schelling and his times.  Yes it does cover both his career as a military advisor and his personal life.  The new Milton Friedman biography was a bore, this is a delight.

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I asked this a few months ago but no one answered:

If I only had time to read one Thomas Schelling book, which one would you guys recommend?

1. The Strategy of Conflict
2. Micromotives and Microbehavior
3. Choice and Consequence

If you haven't read Schelling, then I would recommend Choice and Consequence because the essays are more straightforward.

The papers in micromotives and macrobehavior are fantastic, but also leave more questions open than closed.

Strategy of Conflict is a harder book to handle, in my opinion, than the other two. It repays careful re-reading, and more re-reading. I would read "Thinking Strategically" first as a primer. If that was interesting to you, then read Strategy of Conflict.

If you haven't read Schelling, then I would recommend Choice and Consequence because the essays are more straightforwardjad games

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