This really nice hardcover book is part of of what I had accuulated as a several thousand volume chess library. Call me a chess nut or not, but in order to write about chess you must have some sampleS? Ha, Ha, to say the least - chess has made a living for me, therefore, I need to hear what others say about it in all fairness.
This is in my opinion the second best history of modern chess ever written (well "Murrays" - "History of Chess" cannot be beat for the "development of how chess is played" since the beginning of time, and "Olson's" - "The Chess Kings" in 2 volumes, cannot be beat for a more modern aspect over the last several hundred years).
This is a very good book if the last several hundrend years of chess history is what you are after along with "The Chess Kings". To be fair I must cetainly recommend getting both for the most comprehensive coverage of 1700 to present chess history.