The Immortal Game: A History of Chess or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Huma by David Shenk

The Immortal Game: A History of Chess or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Huma

David Shenk
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  • ISBN
    9781400034086 / 1400034086
  • Title The Immortal Game: A History of Chess or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Huma
  • Author David Shenk
  • Category Chess
    General & World History
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 327
  • Publisher
    Anchor Books
  • Imprint Random House US
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 134mm x 18mm x 203mm

Annotation

In his wide-ranging and ever-fascinating examination of chess, Shenk gleefully unearths the hidden history of a game that seems so simple yet contains infinity.

Publisher Description

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.

Review
“Elegant . . . a true page-turner, and a superb introduction to the game of chess.”—“Wall Street Journal”“Clear, elegant, sophisticated and easy to understand. . . . Just the thing to get you in the thrall of this ancient game.” —“Los Angeles Times”"Shenk, a spry writer....[offers] a strong case for the game's bewitching power." —“The New York Times Book Review”"Fresh and fascinating...a world-spanning story [Shenk] relates with skill and verve." —“Chicago Sun-Times”

Author Biography

David Shenk, a former Freedom Forum fellow, has written for“Wired, Harper's, The New Republic, ” the “New York Times” and the “Washington Post, ” and is a commentator for National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.”

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