Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds

Bobby Fischer Goes to War

David Edmonds and John Eidinow
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  • ISBN
    9780060510251 / 0060510250
  • Title Bobby Fischer Goes to War
  • Author David Edmonds and John Eidinow
  • Category Chess
  • Format
  • Year 2005
  • Pages 386
  • Publisher
    Harper Perennial
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 135mm x 24mm x 204mm


The authors of the bestselling "Wittgenstein's Poker" offer a riveting account of the legendary 1972 chess match between Boris Spassky, the world champion from the Soviet Union, and the American challenger, Bobby Fischer.

Publisher Description

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.

Author Biography

David Edmonds is a freelance lexicographer. He compiled the Reverse Dictionary supplement in the Oxford Compact Thesaurus.

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