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The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 6, 2007
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"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"
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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!
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!
As for the actual book, I must echo the other glowing reviews of it. It is, despite Mr. Mularz's comments, wonderfully innovative. Personally, having read the book, I have since made several brackets of my own, and it is very addictive. While you may disagree with some of the decisions, the debate as to who should advance is half the fun. This is a delightful book to read through, or simply leaf through a little bit from time to time. I would definitely recommend this as a gift, or as a personal treat. Regardless of Mr. Mularz's feelings towards the author, I'd recommend that he himself read the book before saying it's not worth buying.
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This is a clever book; it puts movies, cheeses, ad lines up against the competition and names a winner. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by JJares
Why did i buy this.Opinions are my own and not based on any scientific evidence and should be considered with a grain of salt.Published on June 9, 2013 by j trey duffy
This book is funny and interesting. I thought that it was going to be a little more in depth than it actually is. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Wherethepeachesgrow
I'll come clean right away: I haven't--and probably never will--read this book. Because of this, I will reserve any prejudgments I may have about it. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by Josi Maria Guijarro
This book is set up like March Madness, creating tournaments for different categories/topics with winners in different bracket, eventually getting boiled down to the top four. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by HTBK
I bought this for my sports minded, analytical husband and he loves it! I have heard him tell several of his friends what a great book it is.Published on January 17, 2010 by sbs
A fun way to select the best of a variety of topics. I coverd each round of the brackets and compared who or what I would have picked to the one chosen in the book. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Gary B. Landsman
In the 100+ pages of this book only two in the Coda at the end express any commentary on how to set up and use the bracketed approach. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by J. Dodd
This book uses a non-word for its title: [bracketologist]. To me a bracket means the punctuation I used to enclose that word. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Dr. James V. Blowers