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Quotes [ edit ] The theory and practice of gamesmanship; or, The art of winning games without actually cheating. From this book, the term “Gamesmanship” entered the English language. UC won the toss. Click here for a sample. Second, gamesmaship contains a few comments that may benefit the gamesman.

Stephen Potter – Wikipedia

There were two sons of the marriage. Potter gakesmanship offer him the Chair of English literature forthwith. He was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards as a second lieutenant just as the war was ending, and did not see active service. A First Studythe first book-length work on Lawrencewhich appeared in print within a few days of the death of its subject, unfortunate timing because it seemed like an inadequate memorial rather than what it was intended to be, a critical reappraisal.

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Most difficult of questions to answer briefly. Details of the broadcasts can be found on this BBC comedy Web site. In truth the joke is played out, but he won’t face the fact.


There have been five hundred books written on the subject of games. While his subsequent books didn’t delight me as much as this one, Gamesmanship is a hilarious send up of British theories of sports.

Boekje barst van de ironie, is fictieve non-fictie. Potter followed up the success of Gamesmanship, extending the basic idea to many other aspects of life, in Some Notes on Lifemanshipwhich was pottsr big seller. Potter first wrote for BBC radio in Oct 19, Jorge rated it really liked it.

That night I thought hard and long. A ten-day power-cut at the beginning gamesmanshil prevented any broadcasting and stehpen Potter the opportunity to dash off a book. Gamesmanshipor more fully, The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: 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.

Perhaps he took note of the pages on rest here: Potter’s ‘ Game Leg The books were adapted for the cinema in the s and for television in the s.

Jul 07, Chris rated it liked it. Potter replied, “My God, have I got it wrong? Sep 08, John Carncross rated it it was amazing. 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.


It also suffered from a regrettable misprint, rendering the heading “Sea and Sardinia”, as “Sex and Sardinia”.

Their only child, Luke, was born the following year. Its publisher, Rupert Hart-Davisprivately wrote of the book, ” Gamesmanship made me laugh a lot, and its two successors were just good enough all three still sell prodigiouslybut the world has moved deathwards, you may say in the last ten years, and Potter hasn’t budged an inch.

This is the only book I know where the text reads itself in a British accent. Merton College Register Pound but by Usborne himself, in an article called “Not in the South” published in the May 28, number of Punch magazine, where the phrase was described as “a formula that let me off the boredom of finding out facts and retaining knowledge”.

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship

Potter sensibly points out that there is no way a person unversed in chess theory will be able to beat a chess expert. But, the gamesman is a shark that should read this one. To think that when this was written everybody played games all the time.