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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159691310X
  • ASIN: B001OMHTCU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Enlightened Bracketologist:
 
"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"

About the Author

Richard Sandomir (New York) is a New York Times columnist. His other books include Bald Like Me.

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Customer Reviews

This is an ingenious way to find the best of everything.
teddybobby
I received this book as a gift and have spent hours comparing my take on each of the brackets.
Linda W
It makes a great coffee table book, it easily starts a conversation.
Anne Bam

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Goldsmith on March 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Who is the most entertaining sidekick - Jimmy Olsen (Superman) or Barney Fife (Andy Griffith)? What is the greatest American play - Death of a Salesman or The Glass Menagerie? Questions like this can drive even the most 'normal' adults crazy. The Enlightened Bracketologist is a fun book that can lead to endless debates - on who or what - we really love or hate - and why!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on March 20, 2007
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OK, maybe scholarly isn't the right word for this book. But it does manage to combine a certain level of mock seriousness with hilarious choices (such as the segment devoted to winnowing out the best "person famous for, well, being famous"--guess what, Nicole Richie WINS!).

Each two-page section is laid out like a family tree, with branches--or, more appropriately, like a graph of March Madness basketball teams as sports commentators make their predictions about which teams will play each other and who will end up in the Final Four. In addition to the aforementioned example, there are sections devoted to "best movie death scene," "best indie rock albums," "best game show catchphrases," "best simple things" (the toothpick wins!) and more.

The coolest thing is that each section is written by a different expert. The section on "the best black-and-white TV shows," for instance, is written by Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University professor who directs the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture. "The best investment strategies" section is written by the global chief investment strategist for Citigroup Global Wealth Management, Clark Winter. That's what I mean when I said the book is scholarly, to some extent--the authors did their homework in getting people who really know their fields to make the choices in narrowing each section down to the appropriate finalist.

THE ENLIGHTENED BRACKETOLOGIST is a hoot, and a fun gift for the annoying person in your life who already has everything!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The overall concept behind THE ENLIGHTENED BRACKETOLOGIST is that people can figure out the best of everything by putting together a bracketed tournament, similar to what is done during the NCAA basketball tournament. 102 different subjects are bracketed (101 are listed, but there is a bonus category of Baby Boy Names in the Coda). The bracket selections and their ultimate winners have been selected by over 90 different people and those people are usually experts or are heavily associated with their chosen field. So Ken Jennings put together the brackets for Game Show Catchphrases, the authors of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GUILTY PLEASURES put together the brackets for Guilty Pleasures, and former Presidential speech writer Curt Smith put together the brackets for Presidential Speeches.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Erickson on June 1, 2007
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This book inspires one to apply bracketology to just about any multi-option conundrum. Fun to read, can't necessarily agree with every one of their conclusions but that is what makes the book fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bam on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I heard an interview with the author of this book on NPR. I didn't think it would be that great, but then it was on one of the morning news shows, and in a magazine that I read. So I bought it. I'm so glad I did, it's SO much fun! It makes a great coffee table book, it easily starts a conversation.

There are a million different categories--best chick flick, best Denzel Washington movie, most commonly misspelled word, most commonly misstaken song lyric (one of my favorities, it says only the wrong words, so it's fun to figure out which song it's from), most annoying grammatical error. There's something for everyone. It gets you discussing which candy bar is really the best, or which is more annoying--bogus apostrophes or its/it's confusion. The book is wonderful--I highly reccomend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Shaker on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This a great way to debate the age old question...what's the best (fill in the blank). All ages, all levels of intelligence and experience have a way to find out "what's the best....".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Griffin on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just finished my first perusal of this very dandy birthday gift (copious thanks Aunt Kay!) and I'm still laughing. What a brilliant take-off on the bracket concept... and how much fun are breakdowns of things like "Guilty Pleasures," "Plastic Surgery Disasters," and "Scrabble Words?" More please!
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