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White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard

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Publisher Comments:

"An intriguing study of the unique role played by chess in the Cold War examines the significance of the game as a symbol of Soviet power from the Russian Revolution, to a seminal 1945 match between the Americans and Soviets, to the epic 1972 contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, to the collapse of the Soviet Union."

Synopsis:

Daniel Johnson — journalist, editor, scholar, and chess enthusiast who once played Garry Kasparov to a draw in a simultaneous exhibition — is the perfect guide to one of historyand#8217;s most remarkable periods, when chess matches were front-page news and captured the worldand#8217;s imagination.

The Cold War played out in many areas: geopolitical alliances, military coalitions, cat-and-mouse espionage, the arms race, proxy wars — and chess. An essential pastime of Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries, and later adopted by the Communists as a symbol of Soviet power, chess was inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the and#147;evil empire.and#8221; This original narrative history recounts in gripping detail the singular part the Immortal Game played in the Cold War. From chessand#8217;s role in the Russian Revolution — Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky were all avid players — to the 1945 radio match when the Soviets crushed the Americans, prompting Stalinand#8217;s telegram and#147;Well done lads!and#8221;; to the epic contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of dand#233;tente, when Kissinger told Fischer to and#147;go over there and beat the Russiansand#8221;; to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself, White King and Red Queen takes us on a fascinating tour of the Cold Warand#8217;s checkered landscape.

About the Author

DANIEL JOHNSON was the op-ed editor and literary editor of the London Times and is a regular contributor to Commentary, the New Criterion, and the American Spectator. A former foreign correspondent, he covered German politics at the time the Berlin Wall fell.

Table of Contents

From Baghdad to St. Petersburg — The recreation of the revolution — Terror — The opium of the intellectuals — The

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547393841
Subtitle:
How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Daniel Johnson
Author:
Johnson, Daniel
Subject:
General
Subject:
Chess - General
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Chess
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
World politics -- 1945-1989.
Subject:
Chess - Soviet Union - History - 20th century
Subject:
GAMES / Chess
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
Western Civilization-20th Century
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Games : Chess - General
Subject:
History : Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081110
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Three 4-page b/w inserts
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 1.32 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
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Product details 384 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547393841 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Daniel Johnson — journalist, editor, scholar, and chess enthusiast who once played Garry Kasparov to a draw in a simultaneous exhibition — is the perfect guide to one of historyand#8217;s most remarkable periods, when chess matches were front-page news and captured the worldand#8217;s imagination.

The Cold War played out in many areas: geopolitical alliances, military coalitions, cat-and-mouse espionage, the arms race, proxy wars — and chess. An essential pastime of Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries, and later adopted by the Communists as a symbol of Soviet power, chess was inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the and#147;evil empire.and#8221; This original narrative history recounts in gripping detail the singular part the Immortal Game played in the Cold War. From chessand#8217;s role in the Russian Revolution — Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky were all avid players — to the 1945 radio match when the Soviets crushed the Americans, prompting Stalinand#8217;s telegram and#147;Well done lads!and#8221;; to the epic contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of dand#233;tente, when Kissinger told Fischer to and#147;go over there and beat the Russiansand#8221;; to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself, White King and Red Queen takes us on a fascinating tour of the Cold Warand#8217;s checkered landscape.

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