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Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall--From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, CD

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"Brady masters Endgame." —Vanity Fair

"Insightful…Brady is uniquely qualified to write this…The book should appeal to a broad audience, from hard-core chess fans to casual players to those who are simply interested in what is a compelling personal story."

Engrossing…The Mozart of the chessboard is inseparable from the monster of paranoid egotism in this fascinating biography…Brady gives us a tragic narrative of a life that became a chess game.”
Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week/Starred Review)
“The teenage prodigy, the eccentric champion, the irascible anti-Semite, the genius, the pathetic paranoid—these and other Bobby Fischers strut and fret their hour upon celebrity’s stage….Informed, thorough, sympathetic and surpassingly sad.”
Kirkus Reviews
"ENDGAME is rich in detail and insight. It is sympathetic and human, but not at all naive. I admire Brady's resolve, and I consider this book essential reading in the effort to understand Bobby Fischer and his place in our world."
"The definitive portrait of the greatest—and most disturbed—chess genius of all time.”
“Bobby Fischer began life as a lonely prodigy and ended it as a hate-spewing enigma, and in between became America's greatest chess player, a man renowned both for his unmatched brilliance and social clumsiness. In ENDGAME, Frank Brady masterfully chronicles the full breadth of Fischer's life, producing a narrative driven by staggering detail and profound insight into the psyche of a troubled genius.”
—Wayne Coffey, New York Times bestselling author of THE BOYS OF WINTER
“You don’t have to know the game of chess to be mesmerized by the dizzying and ultimately dark journey of the world’s most heralded player.  Frank Brady has researched and detailed Bobby Fischer’s every move—on and off the chessboard—for an incisive and objective account of a man whose genius was matched by his eccentricities.  This is a riveting look at a tarnished American icon.”
—Pat H. Broeske, New York Times bestselling co-author of HOWARD HUGHES: THE UNTOLD STORY
"I've wondered about the weird and fascinating life of Bobby Fischer since I was a teen-aged New York Times copyboy sent out to the lobby to keep Fischer’s mother from pestering editors and reporters. Finally, after 50 years, I've finally gotten the weird and fascinating biography I've been waiting for. Bravo, Brady."
—Robert Lipsyte, author of AN ACCIDENTAL SPORTSWRITER
“A definitive and finely detailed chronicle of one of the most fascinating and eccentric Americans of the 20th century, written by one of the few men with the expertise, knowledge and writing ability to pull it off in a manner deserving of the subject.”
—Michael Weinreb, author of THE KINGS OF NEW YORK
“Fischer is America’s greatest antihero. This fascinating biography is filled with hope, Cold War intrigue, the fulfillment of genius, and an explosive fall from grace that is both deeply moving and, ultimately, profoundly sad.”
—Jeremy Silman, author of THE AMATEUR’S MIND
"I have been following Bobby Fischer my whole life, but I learned something new on nearly every page of this wonderful book. Frank Brady is the perfect biographer for Bobby Fischer, and ENDGAME tells the full and fair story of Fischer's astonishing rise and heartbreaking fall."
—­Christopher Chabris, author of THE INVISIBLE GORILLA

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When Bobby Fischer died 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. What motivated him from such a young age, and what was the source of his remarkable intellect? How could a man so ambivalent about money and fame be so driven to succeed? What drew this man of Jewish descent to fulminate against Jews, and how was it that a mind so famously disciplined could unravel so completely? From his meteoric rise, to an utterly dominant prime, 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, to paint, for the very first time, a complete picture of one of the most enigmatic icons. This is the definitive account of a fascinating man and an extraordinary life, one that at last reconciles Fischer's deeply contradictory legacy and answers the question: 'Who was Bobby Fischer?' --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition MP3 CD .

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Par . le 20 février 2016
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En anglais. Mais bourré d'anecdotes de la part de quelqu'un qui a pu dire qu'il était l'ami de Bobby Fischer, un grand champion. Dommage que le film sur sa vie ait eu de si bons acteurs pour un scénario aussi médiocre, avec des tranches de vie inventées ou phantasmées par hollywood.
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Par castel david le 9 décembre 2014
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MErci c'est une lecture passionnante sur un génie exceptionnel et qui devrait être traduit en français pour une meilleure compréhension
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I'm a pretty good chess player having achieved a USCF expert's rating in my twenties and even in my sixties gaining a draw with International Master John Donaldson at the US Open in Los Angeles in 2003. (He offered a draw in a losing position. Since I had little time left on my clock I accepted.)

I should also say that I am a personal friend of Larry Remlinger whom I have known since childhood. He played against Fischer in at least one US Junior Championship in the 1950s. He recalled that after the games one day he and Fischer played blitz chess well into the night. Larry told me that Fischer (a year and half younger than Larry) was winning at first but as the night wore on Larry pulled ahead. Larry despised Bobby Fischer as well he might since even then Fischer was a narcissistic spoiled brat of a human being. And of course he only got worse as the paranoia and schizophrenia kicked in.

Frank Brady did not interview Larry Remlinger and Larry did not contact Brady. Too bad.

Nonetheless this is an outstanding biography, painstakingly researched and documented, beautifully edited and written in the kind of prose that tells the story without flourishes or pretension, the kind of "invisible" prose that George Orwell admired and practiced. And it is a "fair and balanced" account, celebrating the genius of Fischer's mastery of chess while not shying away from reporting his great failings as a human being. Moreover it is a great human tragic tale, the sort of story that would engage the mind of Sophocles or Shakespeare, and may someday find its great author to dramatize the sadness.

Yes, sadness, profound and maddening sadness.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent read! 21 novembre 2016
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Absolutely, positively, the best book on the life of Bobby Fischer I've ever read! Nothing else comes close! The details Mr. Brady goes into about Bobby Fischer's life, both personal and his chess career, left me very satisfied and content that there is nothing more to learn about Bobby Fischer. This book is so well written that when I put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again. An easy read; there are no actual games in this book so you don't have to know how to play chess to enjoy learning about one of the best chess players of all time!
I started playing chess in 1972, before I ever heard of Bobby Fischer. When I did learn of him I went out and purchased my first chess book, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. Despite the current criticism of this book it was helpful to me at the time and made me want to learn more.
Then came the 1972 World Chess Championship against Boris Spassky. The excitement of his win, not showing up to defend his title, his disappearance, derogatory remarks, problems with the U.S. government, his rematch against Spassky in 1992, and finally his death - I knew these things but I didn't know the stories surrounding them and was never satisfied with any of the other books I've read until I came across this one. Thank you Mr. Brady for a wonderful, well written story of Bobby Fischer's life! It answered a lot of questions and I learned many thing's I didn't know. I can't explain why I didn't come across your book earlier but I'm glad I did. Very highly recommended if you want to know more about Bobby Fischer!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty Good Biography 8 décembre 2015
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I just finished the book. It was interesting to read from start to finish. It describes Bobby Fischer from childhood to the end of his life and provides a deep look into his personality and character. The author describes Fischer's good traits as well as the bad.
Aside from psychosocial and biographical information about Bobby Fischer, the books also goes over a number of details of the world at the time of any given time period in Bobby's life.

I really cannot think anything to criticize about this book. Some have complained that Brady doesn't list or discuss the actual chess games themselves move by move. I think it is a good decision to avoid that and focus on Fischer's biography only.

Chances are that you're looking at this book because you've heard about or watched the recent film about Fischer, "Pawn Sacrifice". This is a much better source of information about Fischer and a much better and more accurate look into his life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The real Bobby Fischer 5 juin 2016
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If you've ever wanted to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the life of Bobby Fischer this book will do it for you, and in the process providing an intimate insight and behind the scenes look into America's Chess Champion. Fascinating reading, good insight into human nature, and the revelation that Fischer might not have been quite the child prodigy we assume. His brilliance seems to have come in spurts and spells, and he suffered many defeats both as a child and as an adult. And then there's the lengthy and revealing look at his descent from Chess stardom into the years of his decline and rabid antisemitic viewpoint. A thoroughly engaging read from one of the people who knew him best.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very informitive 16 août 2015
Par Robert - Publié sur
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This is not really about chess but a very complicated man with many faults to go with his incredible chess skills and also the people he was familiar with . The thing i found most incredible in this book is the way people will bend over backwards to accommodate someone who is mentally ill if they can gain from it, If he had never played chess i think he would have had much simpler and happy life. i really wont go into the details as there are many reviews that do . Having known very little of Bobby Fischers background i found this a very informative read.
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Biographer Frank Brady (born 1934) is Chairman of the Department of Mass Communications, Journalism, Television and Film at St. John's University; he has been an editor of "Chess Life," and Chessworld," directed many major chess tournaments, and was even an editor for Ralph Ginzburg and Hugh Hefner. He has written a number of books, such as Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy (Revised Edition) (Dover Chess), Onassis: An Extravagant Life, Hefner, etc.

He said in the "Author's Note" to this 2011 book, "As someone who knew Bobby Fischer from the time he was quite young, I've been asked hundreds of times, 'What was Bobby Fischer really like?' This book is an attempt to answer that question... Paradoxes abound. Bobby was secretive, yet candid... naive, yet well informed... religious, yet heretical... he was not the idiot savant often portrayed by the press... I ask forgiveness for my occasional speculations in this book, but Fischer's motivations beg to be understood... I want readers ... to feel as though they're sitting next to Bobby, on HIS side of the chessboard, or in the privacy of his home." (Pg. ix-x)

He observes that "From a very early age he followed his own rhythms... An intense stubbornness seemed to be his distinguishing feature." (Pg. 13) He notes, "Fischer, who much later in life would gain notoriety for his anti-Jewish rhetoric, always said that although his mother was Jewish, he had no religious training. It is not known whether Bobby... participated in the formal Jewish ritual of Bar Mitzvah." (Pg. 53)

He recounts that Fischer began listening to Herbert Armstrong's radio and then television program, and ultimately became closely associated with Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God: "He refused to enter tournaments whose organizers insisted he play on Friday might, and he began a life of devotion to the Church's tenets." (Pg. 120-121) He adds, "he began to face a time conflict between his two commitments: religion and chess... [Yet] Forty years later he'd still be espousing ideas put forth by Armstrong and [Armstrong's magazine] the 'Plain Truth.'" (Pg. 143) Still, "His connection to the Church was always somewhat ambiguous. He was not a registered member, since he hadn't agreed to be baptized by full immersion in water by Armstrong or one of his ministers... The Church imposed a number of rules that Bobby thought were ridiculous and refused to adhere to, such as a ban on listening to hard rock or soul music... despite Bobby's unwillingness to follow principles espoused by the Church, his life still revolved around it... he enjoyed perks only available to high-ranking members." (Pg. 210)

When his participation in the champion chess match with Boris Spassky was in jeopardy, Fischer received a 10-minute phone call from Henry Kissinger, then-National Security Adviser; "It was at this point that Bobby saw himself not just as a chess player, but as a Cold War warrior in defense of his country." (Pg. 184) Although he eventually lost his 1972 title due to his failure to defend it, he still described himself as "The World's Chess Champion." Brady notes, "Bobby explained to a friend that he had never been defeated... he believed the true World's Champion title was still rightfully his." (Pg. 228)

After his victory in 1972, he began reading anti-Semitic writings; "Bobby's evolving credo was not only anti-Semitic, but as he fell away from the Worldwide Church of God, completely anti-Christian. He discredited both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, the very book that had been so much a part of his belief system." (Pg. 212-213) After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, he made some incredible comments in a radio broadcast, such as that "I applaud the act [i.e., the terrorist attacks]... I want to see the U.S. wiped out..." (Pg. 277-278)

Brady's book is a very honest, sympathetic, and insightful portrait of this genius whom many of us idolized in 1972, yet whose subsequent behavior puzzled and sometimes outraged us.
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