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The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: or the Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating [Stephen Potter] on *FREE* shipping on. For any gameplayer, here’s a book that focuses on the subject of gamesmanship as a civilized art as old as the competitive spirit in man. Stephen Potter points. Thanks to Evernote, it was easy enough, using search, to find where I read about The Theory of Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter.

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The New Yorker commented, “his methods and the point of view behind them don’t seem as funny or as sharp as they once did, possibly because gamdsmanship are no longer surprising, or possibly because he is getting a little tired of his own joke. Potter said that he was introduced to the technique by C.

Stephen Potter 1 February — 2 December was an English scholar, critic, broadcaster and humorist. The Manchester Guardian wrote, “a brilliant performance It does however have some serious points to make about getting the upper hand without being obvious.

This was on my dad’s bookshelf when I was a kid, but I didn’t discover it until late in high school.

Aug 27, Johan Keppens rated it really liked it. A second successor to Gamesmanship was published as One-Upmanship Their only child, Luke, was born the following year. Title of book There are those who believe that the sole duty of the poker gamesman is to build up his reputation for impenetrability and toughness by suggesting that he last played poker by the light of a moon made more brilliant by the snows of the Yukon, and that his opponents were two white slave traffickers, a ticket-of-leave man and a deserter from the Foreign Legion.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read saving…. Leslie Philips and co. Raffles and the Match-Fixing Syndicateby Adam Corres, is an extension of Potter’s theories, explaining the gaemsmanship of cricket gamesmanship and the psychology of “thinking the batsman out”.

And I’m awfully sorry but I like leg shows. Joad during a game of tennis in which Joad and Potter were struggling against two fit young students. Apr 28, Kerry Evans rated it liked it.

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The writing style is quite archaic, and I really struggled with it. Potter and offer him the Chair of English literature forthwith.

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Interesting to see the evolution of some of these topics and how they have been reused through the years gzmesmanship other authors. Languages Svenska Edit links.


Glad I read it though. In a way I think it fits in with English middle-class feelings of insecurity after the Second World War, with the welfare state and trade-union power building up around them.

Otherwise you’re not missing out if you skip it. Or how to win without actually cheating. It happened that my partner at that time steohen C. Joad politely requested the students to state clearly whether a ball had landed in or out when in truth it was so obviously out that they had not thought it necessary to say so.

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Not as delightful as it was when I was 10, but what is? The “Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating” doesn’t begin to get at the various methods–and the absolutely delightful names of said methods–for getting into your opponents head.


Light, and oh, so much fun. Click here for a sample. Still some good parts that generated a genuine chuckle. In other projects Wikiquote. It was written in the late 40s and it’s pretty absurd in a proto-Monty Gamesmansship way. Boekje barst van de ironie, is fictieve non-fictie. Oct 19, Jorge rated it really stdphen it. This sold prodigiously and led to a series of sequels covering other aspects of life.

It was the first of his series of books purporting to teach ploys gamesmanshiip manipulating one’s associates, making them feel inferior and thus gaining the status of being one-up on them. Merton College Register This is very funny.

This is done either by winning the mental game, such as by putting the opponent on edge or dissecting their form. Excerpts from Gamesmanship Stephen Potter.

Dec 19, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: I now perceive with horrifying clearness that I have”, but he never corrected the attribution in print. Ignore it all and play croquet as slily as possible. Jul 07, Chris rated it liked it. Almost as funny as it used to be.

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