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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Dec 19, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Doesn’t quite keep it up for the whole book, but still very high on my list. From this book, the term “Gamesmanship” entered the English language. One of the greatest and funniest books ever written by an Englishman. Sep 02, Brother Grimley added it. The Manchester Guardian28 Septemberp. Almost as funny as it used to be. He remained with the BBC until after the Second World Warwhen he became a freelance writer, and remained so for the rest of his life.

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Otherwise you’re not missing out if you skip it. Stephen Potter, Gamesmanship The whole story was set out by Usborne in a letter published in Time magazine, January 5, Mar 09, Zedder rated it really liked it. How well we know this fact, yet how often we forget ptter make use of it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Many of the examples are clever but there’s always a germ of truth in them. For the student must realize that these two young men were both in the highest degree charming, well-mannered young men, perfect in their sportsmanship and behaviour.

View all 5 comments. You’ll take my queen in 16 moves When you exchange, I could perhaps recapture with the bishop He is best-known for coining the words gamesmanship and one-upmanshipand explaining the concepts behind them.


This is very funny.

To the despair of his publisher he was a far from methodical author: Funny pohter quick read! Their only gamdsmanship, Luke, was born the following year.

Potter and offer him the Chair of English literature forthwith. Stephen Potter was all the rage in the late s, and there was a film based on his books starring Terry Thomas. After leaving school in the last months of the First World War he was commissioned as a junior officer in the British Armystepben by the time he had completed his training the war was over and he was demobilised.

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”.

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Light, and oh, so much fun. Apr 28, Kerry Evans rated it liked it. They got involved with the running of Britten’s Aldeburgh Festivaland “every summer Britten, Peter Pears, and the Potters formed the nucleus of countless tennis parties on the grass court at the Red House. Still some good parts that generated a genuine chuckle. Not as delightful as it was when I was 10, but what is?

Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship by Stephen Potter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 No trivia or quizzes yet.

Published January 1st by Moyer Bell first published I encountered this book in my mid-teens, when I haunted the library in order to avoid bullying by faculty mostly at school. Potter first wrote for BBC radio in It does however have some serious points to make about getting the upper hand without being obvious. Sep 04, Amol Gupta marked it as to-read.


A second successor to Gamesmanship was published as One-Upmanship Virginia Quarterly ReviewAutumnpp. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He described himself in The Times in as “one whose sole contribution to world thought has been the naming and description of the form of behaviour now known as gamesmanship”. As in any practical manual, the principles are stated and concisely illustrated. 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.

A bit too dry, possibly due to the age and intended audience.

While pretending to instruct you in the various tricks you can use to make your opponents feel uncomfortable, Potter takes generally quite successful pot-shots at all sorts of targets. Click here for a sample.


This is done either by winning the mental game, such as by putting the opponent on edge or dissecting their form. Refresh and try again. I read it because it’s old and gamesmqnship. We will call them Smith and Brown. I only want you to say clearly, if you will, whether the ball is in or out.

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