The Immortal Game: A History of Chess (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 4, 2007 - History
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Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. Here, bestselling author David Shenk chronicles its intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between two masters of the time, and relays his own attempts to become as skilled as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion. With its blend of cultural history and Shenk’s personal interest, The Immortal Game is a compelling guide for novices and aficionados alike.


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Contents

Title Page
UNDERSTANDING IS THE ESSENTIAL WEAPON
HOUSE OF WISDOM
MOVE 2
THE MORALS OF MEN AND THE DUTIES OF NOBLES AND COMMONERS
MOVE 3
MAKING MEN CIRCUMSPECT
APPENDIXI
APPENDIX III
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

David Shenk is the author of Data Smog, and The Forgetting. A former fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, he has written for Harper's, Wired, Salon, The New Republic, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, and is an occasional commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.


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