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It is strange that a book could carry endorsement from both Robert McNamara and Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps even more so when a prime minister is added to the mix. What could bring such a combination together is a man with a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye who had lived a life unknown to the general public until his profound yet quiet influence was recognized as he was awarded a Nobel Prize for Economics in 2005. Thomas C. Schelling had liked solving puzzles from his early days and that joy of solving puzzles would lead him to study economics, as the Great Depression had offered the most difficult of all puzzles, then to nuclear strategy when the puzzle became survival in the Cold War. This is his story.