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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Edmonds Narrator: Sam Tsoutsouvas Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, two men, the Soviet world chess champion Boris Spassky and his American challenger Bobby Fischer, met in the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, held the world spellbound for two months with reports of psychological warfare, ultimatums, political intrigue, cliffhangers, and farce to rival a Marx Brothers film.

Thirty years later, David Edmonds and John Eidinow, authors of the national best seller Wittgenstein's Poker, have set out to re-examine the story we recollect as the quintessential cold war clash between a lone American star and the Soviet chess machine, a machine that had delivered the world title to the Kremlin for decades. Drawing upon unpublished Soviet and U.S. records, the authors reconstruct the full and incredible saga, one far more poignant and layered than hitherto believed.

Against the backdrop of superpower politics, the authors recount the careers and personalities of Boris Spassky, the product of Stalin's imperium, and Bobby Fischer, a child of post-World War II America, an era of economic boom at home and communist containment abroad. The two men had nothing in common but their gift for chess, and the disparity of their outlook and values conditioned the struggle over the board.

Then there was the match itself, which produced both creative masterpieces and some of the most improbable gaffes in chess history. And finally, there was the dramatic and protracted off-the-board battle, in corridors and foyers, in back rooms and hotel suites, in Moscow offices and in the White House.

A mesmerizing narrative of brilliance and triumph, hubris and despair, Bobby Fischer Goes to War is a biting deconstruction of the Bobby Fischer myth, a nuanced study on the art of brinkmanship, and a revelatory cold war tragicomedy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cameron Harris | 2/20/2014

    " I personally enjoyed this novel. I found the most interesting thing about this novel was the look at Spassky's mental hardships refusal to follow the USSR political thought. There was a bit to many pages given to the political climate, but overall a great read for chess enthusiasts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/15/2014

    " summary: Bobby Fischer was a d**khead who was really good at chess. The authors hope to use the fall of the Iron Curtain to re-examine how this match was a metaphor for the Eagle vs. The Bear, but this fizzles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 1/30/2014

    " Bobby Fischer was an utter, utter cock and deserved to lose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Mann | 1/10/2014

    " Fascinating look at the most important chess match of all time. Great insight into the Cold War over a chess board. "

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