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From Frank Brady, a friend and bestselling biographer of Bobby Fischer, 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. From Fischer's meteoric rise, to a 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 first time a complete picture of one of America's most enigmatic icons.
"This biography of the rise and fall of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer makes for addictive listening, thanks in large part to Ray Porter's outstanding narration. As a boy, Fischer distinguished himself as a prodigy, winning multiple chess championships, battling Soviet players at the height of the cold war, and catapulting himself to international fame. His later years, however, were marked by controversy, paranoia, and possible mental illness. Porter handles Russian accents with aplomb and builds tension by modulating cadence throughout. His steady, intimate narration brings the intricacies and drama of competitive chess to life as well as Fisher's prodigious drive and obscure motivations. A Crown hardcover. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.