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Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
Bobby Fischer Goes to War tells the story around the most famous chess match of the last century, the 1972 World Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. While it was being promoted by both American and Soviet politicians as a microcosm of the Cold War, Spassky was not a Soviet patriot and Bobby Fischer was an egocentric, paranoid master of psychological tactics. David Edmonds and John Eidinow chronicle the lives of both competitors as well as the hoopla surrounding their match. Fischer objected to almost every detail and feared Soviet dirty tricks, mentally wearing down the self-effacing and gracious Spassky before the chess even started. Bobby Fischer Goes to War has received positive reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "This intellectual thriller documents a unique collision of people, politics and culture with wit and an appropriate sense of proportion about the real meaning of games in our nuclear world."