Frank Brady – Endgame

From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischers, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischers life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his lifehe 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 Fischer 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 Fischers meteoric rise, to an utterly 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 very first time, a complete picture of one of Americas most enigmatic icons. This is the definitive account of a fascinating man and an extraordinary life, one that at last reconciles Fischers deeply contradictory legacy and answers the question, who was Bobby Fischer?

Author: Frank Brady
Narrator: Ray Porter
Duration: 13 hours 29 minutes
Released: 11 Jan 2002
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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This is a stimulating biography of a tragic figure. If you came of age during the Fisher era, if you are a Chess player, or if you are just interested in getting into an interesting biography, this book is well worth our time. The book traces Fishers childhood including the influence of his mother who lived in Russia and was involved in leftist activity. It details how he became interested in Chess and his mothers influence on that career. The final years of Fishers life are related in a thoughtful manner. Every page shows a broken, delusional man seeking to find peace. A most interesting section include the final pages that detail the disposition of Fishers assets after his death. That is not to be missed. Frank Brady has done us a great service by bringing this man to life and by shedding light on the era in which he lived. The reading of Ray Porter is excellent.