Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything
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Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything

by Mark Reiter, Richard Sandomir
     
 

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Introducing the ingenious, addictive tool for judging everything under the sun: ENLIGHTENED BRACKETOLOGY, the new science that makes opinion a sport.

Political battles are won and lost by popular vote. Great movies are nominated and chosen by committee. The rest of the world is more or less up for grabs. As a cure for the resulting confusion, Mark Reiter and

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Introducing the ingenious, addictive tool for judging everything under the sun: ENLIGHTENED BRACKETOLOGY, the new science that makes opinion a sport.

Political battles are won and lost by popular vote. Great movies are nominated and chosen by committee. The rest of the world is more or less up for grabs. As a cure for the resulting confusion, Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir have organized the world's most haunting and maddeningly subjective questions into a scheme of binary pairings that finally reveal what is truly the best in its class: What's the greatest American beer? The best Elmore Leonard novel? The most reliable economic indicator? In each bracket five Darwinian rounds of binary matchups leave a lone survivor; textual notes explain the details. Experts and subjects include: Ken Jennings on Game Show Catchphrases; Roz Chast on Animation Characters; Mo Rocca on Political Hot-Button Issues; Stefan Fatsis on Scrabble Words; Kurt Andersen on Conspiracy Theories; Jeff MacGregor on NASCAR Phrases; Will Blythe on Sports Rivalries; Henry Beard on Latin Grammar; the editors of The Bark on Dogs for the Ages; Jesse Sheidlower on Punctuation; Rick Meyerowitz on Dodosaurs; and many more – 101 in all. Go forth and adjudicate!

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“The Cult of Bracketology” —New York Times Magazine

“The bracket is such a seductive means of portraying existence, and not just during March Madness…” —Forbes

“The second I opened my advance copy of "The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything", I knew that editors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir were onto something big. I'm talking Barry-Bonds'-head big.” —Adam Hofstetter, SI.com

“Clever….Though we may be creatures of ruthless logic, "The Enlightened Bracketologist" seems to be saying we still have a soft spot for Cinderella.” —New York Times Magazine

“A delightful new book of lists” —Newsday

“In fact, if there were brackets established for current books that are just for fun, "The Enlightened Bracketologist" would edge out "The Cheater's Guide To Baseball" and move on to the next round.” —Bill Littlefield, National Public Radio's "Only A Game"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596913103
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sandomir is the award-winning sports television columnist for the New York Times. His previous books include Bald Like Me: The Hair-Raising Adventures of Baldman and, with Rick Wolff, Life for Real Dummies and Don't Worry, Stop Sweating...Use Deodorant.

Mark Reiter is a literary agent and writer who has collaborated on books with Twyla Tharp, Phil Dusenberry, Mark McCormack, and Marshall Goldsmith.

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