Books: Potter's Ploys

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF GAMESMANSHIP, or The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating (128 pp.) —Stephen Potter—Holf ($2.50).

Wrapped up as a parody of a sportsman's manual, this is a very funny little book, but like some other funny books, it is a work of curious ferocity. Social discomfiture as a sport has never been so blandly exposed.

The author, Stephen Potter, is an Englishman who insists that he learned "gamesmanship" as late as 1931, and from another gamesman, instead of at his nanny's knee. Students of the British character may challenge this assertion. He was playing a match of tennis...

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