I think Frank Brady is too much of a fan of Mr Fischer's chess and side steps the negative parts of his character and behaviour.
In the end however Mr Fischer's life is too petty and the story of his life will never make a 5 start listening experience. Hearing time and time again about how one stubbornly sabotages his own life, largely because he want's and bigger piece of the fame and money than others is not going to make good reading.
I think the most tragic aspect of this book is how others were willing to tolerate appalling bad behaviour and in some cases apologise for it all because of his beautiful chess playing.
During a time in Yugoslavia when the USA and other countries had trade sanctions in place because of ethnic cleansing and genocide Mr Fischer breaks economic sanctions and in effect helps to promote government who's key members later go on to war crimes trials. He was also openly is a tax evader.
The tragedy is that Mr Fischer largely escaped jail and punishment.
None, however the narration job by Ray Porter was quite good.
I had heard of Bobby Fischer but didn't realise how little I knew about him. He is indeed an interesting person but even more interesting is the world of chess. There is a thriving community out there full of real characters, politics and gamesmanship. Who knew?
I loved being transported into this world full of intellects so superior to mine yet so able to be related to.
I just wish the story told more - I was left with the feeling that so much more could have been said about Bobby, yet I still really enjoyed the book and it did make me get out the chess board again.
The intense and almost psychotic hatred for Jews, I had no idea.
The narration was okay. The Russian accents were nothing to write home a bout.
The 1992 comeback against Spassky. I felt like he had come full circle.
The first book I ever read on Chess was Bobby Fisher teaches chess published in 1966 which inspired me to join the chess club in junior high school and follow Bobby's rise and eventual fall.
This book is an amazing life portrait of a chess genius who lived a life of both poverty and wealth but was always troubled and self-destructive. It is insightful and riveting and gives context to the chaotic series of events that was Bobby Fishers life.
If you have any interest in chess or how excessive genus has its own inherent problems, especially when coupled with poverty, this is a great read. If you have read Malcome Gladwellâs book Outlines and his discussion on genius and success (or lack thereof) especially in the life of Christopher Langan (IQ 195) there are some staggering similarities. Bobby's IQ was 180 and he had a number of the same problems Gladwell describes in the life of Langan, especially when it comes to authority figures and paranoia of the 'system'. As a reference point Einstein's IQ was 150.
Avid student of reality.
Endgame revealed the more public timeline and details of Fischer's life and that by itself was interesting. But, holes in the narrative called into question the objectivity and research depth of the author.
I was not too impressed with Brady. Where was the interview with Fischer's wife? What about Fischer's sister and brother in-law. For that, you will have to go to the internet.
Ray Porter did fine, that wasn't the problem.
no, but I did finish it.
Fischer is a very public and controversial figure. His true story was not revealed in this biography, far from it. My brief additional research showed that Brady was carrying an agenda in this book.