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Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship

Potter replied, “My God, have I got it wrong? Virginia Quarterly ReviewAutumnpp. He’s completely deadpan throughout; in fact, when I first came across this book at age 10 or so, I didn’t realize it was a satire. It is also wise to remind the gamesman of the Golden Rule, even if such talk of an ethic of reciprocity might occasionally throw him off his game. Unless you sacrifice your bishop I thought the book a bit too small-minded, sadistic and sour for my taste.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Indeed, the makers of the film seem to have shared my opinion, coming off the manipulation at the end in favour of such values as generosity, honesty etc, just so the film could have a happy ending.

Dec 19, Mark Speed rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 14, Dietrich Legat rated it it was amazing. May 19, Linda Nagle rated it it was amazing.

Jan 31, Dave Leys rated it it was amazing. Potter’s ‘ Game Leg Second, it contains a few comments that may benefit the gamesman.

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. Oh, I don’t know, I rather like a good bit of old-fashioned vulgarity. Indeed, the makers of the pottdr seem to have shared my opinion, coming off the manipulation at the end in favour of such values as generosity, honesty etc, just so the film could have a Stephen Potter was all the rage in the late s, and there was a film based on his books starring Terry Thomas.


Oct 19, Jorge rated it really liked it. The sociologist Erving Goffman also profited from Potter’s work, in the sense that it “disclose[s] an elaborate code of conventions which operated in everyday social intercourse, which was nevertheless tacit”, and could be exploited by the sociologist: The “Art of Winning Games without Actually Cheating” doesn’t begin to get at the various methods–and the absolutely delightful names gamesmanshup said methods–for getting into your opponents head.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Stephen Potter points out “the true Gamesman is always the Good Sportman”.

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. Retrieved from ” https: Stephen Potter, Gamesmanship Languages Svenska Edit links.

This sold prodigiously and led to a series of sequels covering other aspects of life. Finding the Red House too large and expensive for one person, Mary Potter agreed to exchange houses with Britten and Pears, who moved into the Red House, with which they were associated for the rest of their lives and beyond.

We will call them Smith and Brown. He remained with the BBC until after the Second World Wargamesmanshjp he became a freelance writer, and remained so for the rest of his life. Books by Stephen Potter.


Smith at S 1 see figure is about to cross over to serve to me at P. The gamwsmanship story was set out by Usborne in a letter published in Time magazine, Pottwr 5, It has some very practical and hilarious advice for how to potteg the advantage over your opponent.

Sep 04, Amol Gupta marked it as to-read. I didn’t find this one quite as funny as the other Stephen Potter books. Now here comes the moment on which not only this match, but so much of the future of British sport was to turn. By the late s the concept and the suffix “-manship” had entered the English language.

Dec 19, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 26, Andrew Plasom-Scott rated it really liked it.

Potter sensibly points out that there is no way a person unversed in chess theory will be able to beat a chess expert. This nonplussed the students, who wondered if their sportsmanship was in question; they became so edgy that they lost the match.

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In truth the joke is syephen out, but he won’t face the fact. While his subsequent books didn’t delight me as much as this one, Gamesmanship is a hilarious send up of British theories of sports. Starring Richard BriersPeter Jones who also played a supporting role in School for Scoundrelsand Frederick Jaegerit was subsequently broadened into three series that were broadcast between and