From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.
What motivated Fischer from such a young age, and what was the source of his remarkable intellect? How could a man so ambivalent about money and fame be so driven to succeed? What drew this man of Jewish descent to fulminate against Jews, and how was it that a mind so famously disciplined could unravel so completely? From Fischer’s meteoric rise, to an utterly dominant prime unequaled by any American chess player, to his eventual descent into madness, the book draws upon hundreds of newly discovered documents and recordings and numerous firsthand interviews conducted with those who knew Fischer best. It paints, for the very first time, a complete picture of one of America’s most enigmatic icons. This is the definitive account of a fascinating man and an extraordinary life, one that at last reconciles Fischer’s deeply contradictory legacy and answers the question, who was Bobby Fischer?
©2011 Frank Brady (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The Mozart of the chessboard is inseparable from the monster of paranoid egotism in this fascinating biography. Brady, founding publisher of Chess Life magazine and a friend of Fischer, gives a richly detailed account of the impoverished Brooklyn wunderkind’s sensational opening…Brady gives us a vivid, tragic narrative of a life that became a chess game.” (Publishers Weekly)
“I learned something new on nearly every page of this wonderful book. Frank Brady is the perfect biographer for Bobby Fischer, and Endgame tells the full and fair story of Fischer’s astonishing rise and heartbreaking fall." (Christopher Chabris, author of The Invisible Gorilla )
“Fischer is America’s greatest antihero. This fascinating biography is filled with hope, Cold War intrigue, the fulfillment of genius, and an explosive fall from grace that is both deeply moving and, ultimately, profoundly sad.” (Jeremy Silman, author of The Amateur’s Mind)
I am not a chess player, and barely know how to play the game, but this book was a home run! Perfectly written, with fantastic narration, and a
I am an avid eclectic reader.
One of the people I follow recommended this book so decided to give it a try. I remember the big chess match from Iceland and was one of those people who was inspired to attempt to learn chess. The story spends the first half of the book on Fischer youth and his interest and rise in chess. I wish a bit more time was spent on the chess games played during the world chess match in Iceland. The author spent more time writing about Fischer's tantrums and demands in place of the chess. The last part of the book covers Fischer's life after the Iceland match and his decline into mental illness. I found it interesting that he died in Iceland after spending his life moving from county to county. The author frequently mention Paul Morphy the American Chess champion of the 1800's. I remember reading about him years ago in "The Chess Players" by Frances Parkinson Keyes. The narrator Ray Porter did an excellent job.
I had no background on Bobby Fischer before listening to this book. I was hooked from the start. One moment I would be rooting for him and the next I would be screaming at him. Its the type of story that is impossible to put down and leaves with questions of what could have been.
Yes. Bobby Fischer's peculiar combination of genius and psychopathology is well worth knowing about, and the book is excellent.
Fischer forces us to reflect more deeply on the question of reality and perception, and on how the brain works. Chess requires uncompromising logic and the capacity to see relationships correctly, yet its supreme genius could persistently err in seeing things logically and correctly in life.
The author gives a thourough account of Bobby Fischer's Life from childhood untill his death in Iceland in 2008. There are quite a few entertaining anecdotes spread throughout and the auther does an okay job of bringing Bobby's chess battles to life. However, the author never really goes into detail about any of the games. Chess players looking for actual strategy will find none. However, someone who is not familiar with chess on more than a basic level will have thrown thier way numerous lists of chess masters, grandmasters, chessbooks, internal politics of national and international chess organizations, etc. I personally found this mostly interesting, but I can see how someone outside of the chess world would not. Possibly the worst thing about this book is not really the author's fault, and that is that Bobby Fischer just isn't a likeable character. No doub't his radical personality is interesting, but mostly he's annoying and the reader doesn't really have anybody to root for. Overall the book is interesting and satisfying, if a bit tedious.
The narrator does a good job. his voice is pleasant and not distracting. However, rather amusingly, his accents all sound the same, no matter what nationality he's trying to depict. Still, he's on of the better narrator's I've listened to in a while.
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I thouroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Fischer. Though any book about Fischer can only begin to scratch the surface of his complexity at least this book presents us with a thourough overview of just how complex he was. Fischer is far more bizarre than I could ever have imagined. He is so unique in the history of humans that I strongly recommend that the reader suspend their judgment of anything he said or did. Though he said some very dispicable things none of them make sense when you consider who he was. A Jew hating Jew???? A true American Hero of the Cold War who ends up hating America???? Someone who definitely challenged the boundaries of free speach. In fact, Fischer challenged authority in ways so few of us would every begin to consider. It is a wonder he didn't spend more time in prison or get shot. No wonder he was paranoid, is there any powerful group he didn't piss off. One of the most truly unique figures in history.
No but only because I've read much about Bobby Fischer.
Bobby Fischer was brilliant but strange and spoiled. He was fascinating though.
This is by far the best book on Bobby Fischer. Bobby Fischer against the world is also a great piece of work concentrating 1972 championship Marcel than just Bobby himself.
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