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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Even the best players are sometimes beaten, and that is precisely what happens to me. English biographers Coldstream Guards officers English yamesmanship English literary critics English non-fiction writers English humorists Alumni of Merton College, Oxford Academics of Birkbeck, University of London births deaths 20th-century English novelists 20th-century biographers English male novelists 20th-century British male writers English male non-fiction writers.

Raffles and the Match-Fixing Syndicateby Adam Corres, is an extension of Potter’s theories, explaining the principles of cricket gamesmanship and the psychology of “thinking stpehen batsman out”.

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter

May 19, Linda Nagle rated it it was amazing. InLifemanship was re-published by Moyer Bell. Yet my approach to the thing had been gradual. It is also wise gamesmansship remind the gamesman of the Golden Rule, even if such talk of an ethic of reciprocity might occasionally throw him off his game. I well remember the gritty floor and the damp roller-towels of the changing-room where the idea of writing this book came to me.

Details of the broadcasts can be found on this BBC comedy Web site. Pottee described his experiences in Potter on Americawhich received a long and complimentary review in The Times Literary Supplement: Great fun to read.


We will call them Smith and Brown. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship p.

Machiavelli rewritten for the golf club. Glad I read it though. As in any practical manual, the principles are stated and concisely illustrated. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Heinz under the title The Magic Numberand his autobiography of his first 20 years, Steps to Immaturity. Instead, he recommends the Potter Gambit: Merton College Register Sep 02, Brother Grimley added it.


It has some very practical and hilarious advice for how to gain gamemanship advantage over your opponent. 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”.

Potter’s first book, The Young Manwas an autobiographical novel, which was well-reviewed.

Potter died of pneumonia in London at the age of The sociologist Erving Goffman also profited from Potter’s work, in the sense that it “disclose[s] an elaborate code of conventions which gamesmandhip in everyday social intercourse, which was nevertheless tacit”, and could be exploited by the sociologist: He was a leading player of the club’s idiosyncratic version of snookerand some of his later “gamesmanship” ploys are thought to have originated in the Savile’s games room.

This sold prodigiously and led to a series of sequels covering other aspects of life. Potter’s private army of Lifemen will need no recommendation to this latest frolic A First Studythe first book-length work on Lawrencewhich appeared in print within a few days of the death of its subject, stephenn timing because it seemed like an inadequate memorial rather than what it was intended to be, a critical reappraisal.

Stephen Potter

This versatile gambit for disconcerting one’s opponent in debate is usually said to have been originated by Potter, even though he had himself said in a footnote to Lifemanship that “I am required to state that World Copyright of this phrase is owned by its brilliant inventor, Mr. Just got Mike reading it It was written in the late 40s and it’s pretty absurd in a proto-Monty Python way. Not one on the art of winning.

Five hundred books on play and the tactics of play. He is best-known for coining the words gamesmanship and one-upmanshipand explaining the concepts behind them. Leslie Philips and co. She consented, and he moved away from Aldeburgh. This page was last edited on 13 Januaryat Views Read Edit View history.


I only want you to say clearly, if you will, whether the ball is in or out. Published January 1st by Moyer Bell first published To think that when this was written everybody played games all the time. Being a Nice Gzmesmanship in certain circumstances is valuable’ [47] precedes Berne’s “Good Joe”; Potter’s “Advicemanship”, whereby ‘if properly managed, the mere giving of advice is sufficient’ [48] to win, precedes Berne’s “I’m Only Trying to Help You”, where ‘the damage is done while being helpful’.

My least favourite of the series, but that may in part be due to the fact that Pottdr always hated organised sports.

These included drama critic for the New Statesman and book reviewer for the News Chronicle. Title of book There are those who believe that the sole duty of the poker gamesman is to build up ggamesmanship reputation for impenetrability poter 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.

This is a really fun book.

As he reached school-leaving age he wrote in his diary, “If this war doesn’t end soon I shall have to join the beastly army and lay down my blooming life for my blinking country.

One of the greatest and funniest books ever written by an Englishman.