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

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Publisher Comments:

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 historys most remarkable periods, when chess matches were front-page news and captured the worlds 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 “evil empire.” This original narrative history recounts in gripping detail the singular part the Immortal Game played in the Cold War. From chesss 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 Stalins telegram “Well done lads!”; to the epic contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of détente, when Kissinger told Fischer to “go over there and beat the Russians”; to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself, White King and Red Queen takes us on a fascinating tour of the Cold Wars checkered landscape.

Synopsis:

"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."

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
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
General
Author:
Daniel Johnson
Author:
Johnson, Daniel
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
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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"Synopsis" by , "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."
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