Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2011: There may be no one more
qualified than Frank Brady to write the definitive biography of Bobby
Fischer. Brady's Profile of a Prodigy (originally published in 1969)
chronicled the chess icon's early years, a selection of 90 games, and
(in later editions) his 1972 World Championship match with Boris Spassky.
With Endgame, published two years after Fischer's death, Brady's on-and-
off proximity to Fischer lends new depth to the latter's full and twisted
life story. Though Fischer's pinnacle artistry on the chessboard may often
be discussed in the same breath with his eventual paranoia and outspoken
anti-Semitism, the particular turns and travels of his post-World
Championship years (half his life) lend his story most of its vexing
oddity: the niggling insistence on seemingly arbitrary conditions for his
matches, the years on the lam after flagrantly disregarding U.S. economic
sanctions, his incarceration in Japan, his eventual citizenship and quiet
demise in Iceland. All told, Fischer's life was like.
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