Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall-- From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the late chess champion's struggles with fame and mental illness, offering insight into the sources of his rebellion against his faith and other contradictory aspects about his character.

From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the bestselling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer's, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer's life. When Bobby Fischer passed away 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 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 Fischer's 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 America's 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?

Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9781441788573
Branch Call Number: MP3BK 794.1092 BRA
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 13.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Porter, Ray


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Dec 14, 2015

Very stupid narration on this recording. The guy reads as though he's narrating a murder mystery. It's only a chess game, dude; CHIL;L!! Brady's is a pretty good book, but the way they produced the audiobook is really inept.

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