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.”
"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."
—David Shenk, author of THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US and THE IMMORTAL GAME
"The definitive portrait of the greatest—and most disturbed—chess genius of all time.”
—Paul Hoffman, author of THE MAN WHO LOVED ONLY NUMBERS and KING’S GAMBIT
“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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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.Lire la suite ›
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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!
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.
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.