Simon & Schuster
On Sale: May 5, 2009
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Edited by Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir, and featuring
contributions from experts on everything from breakfast
cereal and movie gunfights to First Ladies and bald guys,
The Final Four of Everything celebrates everything that's
great, surprising, or silly in America, using the foolproof
method of bracketology to determine what we love or hate-and
As certain to make you laugh as it will start friendly
arguments, The Final Four of Everything is the perfect book
for know-it-alls, know-a-littles, and anyone with an opinion
on celebrity mugshots, literary heroes, sports nicknames, or
Bracketology is a unique way of organizing information that
dates back to the rise of the knockout (or single
elimination) tournament, perhaps in medieval times. Its
origins are not precisely known, but there was genius in the
first bracket design that hasn't changed much over the years.
You, of course, may be familiar with the bracket format via
the NCAA basketball tournament pairings each March. If
you've ever watched ESPN or participated in a March Madness
office pool, you know what a bracket looks like.
The Final Four of Everything takes the idea one step
further, and applies the knockout format to every category
BUT basketball. In areas where taste, judgment, and
hard-earned wisdom really matter, we've set out to
determine, truly, the Final Four of Everything.
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