In American Bracketology, Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir take the elegant art of “bracketology” and use it as an eye- opening and hilarious tool to celebrate everything that’s good, bad, and silly in our American way of life.
• It’s great entertainment: Americans have an insatiable appetite for knowing what is good, better, and best in their world. If the issue is historical, they want their knowledge base refined. If the issue is sociopolitical, they want their preferences acknowledged. If the issue is popular culture, they want to be entertained. If it’s a consumer issue, they don’t want to be cheated. For the uninitiated, bracketol- ogy is, literally, “the study of brackets.” It derives from the bracket format used to rank the top sixty-four basketball teams in the annual NCAA tournament known as March Madness. That knockout tournament format, the subject of heated debate among hundreds of thousands of people participating in office pools around the land, gave birth to the term bracketology. This is a book that allows Americans to play this game on a much bigger field. The authors have assigned more than 150 brackets—tackling challenges from the serious to the comic, the vital to the trivial—to the finest experts, writers, and personalities this country has on tap.
• It’s authoritative: So imagine: Gail Collins on First Ladies, Walter Isaacson on Ben Franklin Wisdom, David Remnick on Pound-for-Pound-fighters, Calvin Trillin on Sandwiches—you get the picture. Frank Rick on The Underserving Hall of Fame, Kevin Conley on Greatest Movie Stunts, Paul Slansky on the Lucky Sperm Club.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mark Reiter is a literary agent who has collaborated on books with Twyla Tharp, Phil Dusenberry, Mark McCormack, and Marshall Goldsmith.
Richard Sandomir is an award-winning sports television columnist for The New York Times.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book to have on the coffee table. Good conversation book for when there is a lull. The final four of the most dangerous animals was a good one and so was reality t.v. stars. I gave three of these as gifts
Let's put it this way...we were hosting an end-of-school-year cookout at the end of May. I had left the Final Four of Everything on the coffee table in the living room. I was out on the deck, and when I came back in, a vigorous debate had broken out about the best "sitcom" moms and dads, and who was the "best William ever." A lot of fun, and it will get some great discussions going about history, movies, sports, celebrities, foods, etc. Just sit it out on a table where people will find it and watch the fun begin. I'll be awaiting the sequel!
I heard about this book from a radio interview with the author, and it sounded like a fun book. It sits on my coffee table, and friends and family get hooked on it.