Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine

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HarperCollins, Mar 1, 2005 - Games - 384 pages
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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, the Soviet world chess champion, Boris Spassky,and his American challenger, Bobby Fischer, met in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown, played against the backdrop of superpower politics, 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 have set out to reexamine the story we recollect as the quintessential cold war clash between a lone American star and the Soviet chess machine. 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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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Review: Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time

User Review  - Will Langhorst - Goodreads

Loved it. As a person who idolized Mr. Fischer as a kid, this book was fantastic insight into one of the most interesting events in chess history. Read full review

Review: Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How A Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine

User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

An account of the 1972 match between Fischer and Spassky. Tremendous. Read full review

About the author (2005)

David Edmonds is an award-winning journalists with the BBC. He's the bestselling authors of Bobby Fischer Goes to War and Wittgenstein’s Poker.

John Eidinow is an award-winning journalist with the BBC. He's the bestselling authors of Bobby Fischer Goes to War and Wittgenstein’s Poker.

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