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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Great listen

Compelling book that tells the tale of this mysterious man. Fan of chess or not, this is a great book!

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Very Thorough!

Probably one of the best biographies I've listened to. If you are a chess player you will love this book!

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A sad ending to a remarkable legacy.

Fascinating. Thanks to the publisher and the author for allowing this book to be printed and for Amazon and Audible for a great presentation.

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Great book about a great man

Loved the book and I believe anyone who is just beginning to know either chess or Bobby Fischer will enjoy it.

Great narration as well

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An enigmatic genius

I was a teenager when the big match took place, so i don't remember the details other than it was a huge deal. Makes me want to buy one of Booby's books where he talks about 50 or 60 pf his favorite games - his moves and his strategy.

I did start to lose interest after the world championship but will get back to hear the end of the story.

I thought the narrator did a very good job.

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Bobby Fischer was a Jerk

Would you listen to Endgame again? Why?

No but only because I've read much about Bobby Fischer.

What did you like best about this story?

Chess strategy

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Bobby Fischer was brilliant but strange and spoiled. He was fascinating though.

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Quite good

A very interesting story, read quite professionally with accents for the different speakers done well.

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this is the best biography of Bobby Fischer

you don't have to like chess to like this book. The narration by Ray Porter is stunning. The best narration of any audible book I've ever purchased. Fisher was an interesting, fascinating guy. He was a racist in an extreme way... Sad... Dude just didn't seem to have it all right in the head. Anyway, this book has it more than right. Pure entertainment.

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I love it!

It's a detailed look at how Bobby Fischer acheived greatness! It's a wonderful book! Just buy it.

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A great listen for chess and non-chess fans.

Excellent biography! A great listen for chess and non-chess fans. A great listen for chess and non-chess fans.