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It is hard to maintain a witty equilibrium in the realm of manners in cultured society. If one ignores social conventions, one runs the risk of being perceived as uneducated; however, following all common protocol pegs one as a nerd. With tongue in cheek, Potter reveals how to confound those who would like to practice their one-upmanship. What is upmanship? An angle of vis...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published October 8th 2005 by Moyer Bell (first published 1952)
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Sep 09, 2011 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to become better assholes
The successor to Gamesmanship and Lifemanship . It's becoming a little formulaic, but there are still plenty of good bits.

One of my favorite sections describes how to give presents that the recipient will loathe. It's Christmas, and you hand your unsuspecting victim a packet that turns out to contain a hearing aid.

"But I don't have a hearing problem!" they say, surprised.

"Ah, let me show you how it works!" you explain. You fasten it to their ear, then, with your mouth well away from the microph...more
Jeff Crompton
This is the third of Stephen Potter's quietly diabolical and brilliant Gamesmanship/Lifesmanship books. The concept of Lifesmanship is easy to grasp, but difficult to explain succinctly. It consists of an attitude and set of strategies by which the Lifeman can, in whatever situation he finds himself, inspire discomfort and confusion in his fellow man, and thus place himself in the "one up" position. One-Upsmanship explains how to remain one up in various situations: in a business meeting, while...more
I think I just didn't understand the humour maybe I'll give it another try one day.
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