From a distance, Pal Benko is one of those players that forms some of the more frequently quoted footnotes in chess history. For example, in biographies of Tal (wearing sunglasses). This book however, does an excellent job in bringing Benko out of the recesses of chess, and gives glimses of his personality, as well as some others both well known and less so. The book strikes an excellent balance between biography, games (well annotated), opening survey, and endgame compositions (something Benko was well known for and very good at, and would be familiar to readers of Chess Life). The production standards are uniformly excellent quality and the content well laid out and easy to read. The book would be on a par with Lawson's on Morphy, but a bit thin in content when compared to Skinner and Verhoeven on Alekhine (probably the best games collection ever written), as it aims to strike a balance across the full range of Benko's chess interests. I feel that if this is the objective, the book achieves its objectives very well, and it dwarfs anything written on Lasker, Pillsbury, Fischer, Spassky, Botvinnik, and Smyslov for example. At the price quoted in Amazon it is a bargain and will become a collector's item, and not least a very good read in the meantime. The pictures of Fischer visiting Tal in hospital in 1962 are alone worth the price of admission.