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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Most difficult of questions to answer briefly. Finding his income inadequate to support himself and his family, he left the university and took up a post producing and writing for the BBC. This is a very tongue in cheek book about gamesmanship. There had been much that had puzzled me — I am speaking now of — in the tension of our games of ping-pong at the Meynells.

The concept and the beginning of this book are fantastic. The Theory and Practice of Pofter A second successor to Gamesmanship was published as One-Upmanship I only want you to say clearly, if you will, whether the ball is in or out. His publisher was doubtful about the latter, but it was well received. Great fun to read. Their only child, Luke, was born the following year.

This is a really fun book. Essays on the Etymology of Words from Nature. An idea that I’m surprised hasn’t been imitated more: Potter’s private army of Lifemen will need gamesmanehip recommendation to this latest frolic Potter’s last works went in new directions. Short, sweet, and to the point.

Stephen Potter – Wikipedia

In Potter published The Muse in Chains: Potter sensibly points out that there is no way a person unversed in chess theory will be able to beat a chess expert. Talk of the “imperial decay” of your invalid port. There have been five hundred books written on the subject of games. hamesmanship


I thought it quite funny, but I fear some people have taken it all too seriously. But, the gamesman is a shark that should read this one. Merton College Register May 15, Spencer rated it really liked it. For example, if you can’t return volleys in tennis, Potter counsels you to wear velvet socks.

Yet that was totally beyond him.


Not extraordinary but gaamesmanship. It was the first of his series of books purporting to teach ploys for manipulating one’s associates, making them feel inferior and thus gaining the status of being one-up on them. If you play any type of game competitively, and we all do, then the tricks in this book can prove most convenient if pootter for winning, at least to make the opponent lose. It has some very practical and hilarious advice for how to gain the advantage over your opponent.

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.

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A bit too dry, possibly due to the age and intended audience. There are two optter for this. The Times Literary Supplementcalled it “this sympathetic, beguiling book” and looked forward to a sequel, [37] and other papers from The Daily Express to The New Statesman praised it in their reviews. I didn’t feel like I needed to keep reading to get the idea.

Books by Stephen Potter. The most famous local residents were Benjamin Britten and Peter Pearswith whom the Potters quickly became friendly.

Stephhen Potter 1 February — 2 December was an English scholar, critic, stephne and humorist. No trivia or quizzes yet. Still some good parts that generated a genuine chuckle. From this book, the term “Gamesmanship” entered the English language.


And I’m awfully sorry but I like leg shows. Our opponents were usually young men from the larger colleges, competing against us not only with the advantage of age but also with a decisive advantage in style. On ste;hen of Lifemanship the critic Richard Usborne wrote to Potter protesting that this stratagem had been invented not by the mysterious Mr.

For me, it was the birth of gamesmanship. The Manchester Guardian28 Septemberp. In a article Edmund Wilson wondered why Potter, as an academic himself, did not “exploit the fertile field of one-upmanship among professors, whereupon Wilson proceeded to fill the gap”. He did gaesmanship get in another ace service till halfway through the third set of a match which incidentally we won. Five hundred books on play and the tactics of play. Potter’s ‘ Game Leg 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.

In a way I think it fits in with English middle-class feelings of insecurity after gamesmanhip Second World War, with the welfare state and trade-union power building up around them. Potter is a brilliant, dry wit, and understatedly so.

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship

In other languages Add links. May 19, Linda Nagle rated it gamesmanshp was amazing. Potter’s first book, The Young Manwas an autobiographical novel, which was well-reviewed.