9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
good, but not much new...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Bobby Fischer Goes to War: The True Story of How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time (Hardcover)
As with their first book, team Eidinow-Edmonds uses the occasion of a "spat" to stand for a whole kind of world, a kind of lens through which they refract the whole of a subject. The tactic makes for a tasty tidbit, but tends to bend its image and leave a lot out, as well. Here, they use a lot of recently released documents from the USSR to paint the other side of a story the chess world already knows well...and though they claim that the material hasn't appeared before, that's not quite so; it just hasn't appeared in this form.
All in all, one comes away thinking that this is not such a tewrrible book. Not much of a compliment. By contrast, J.C. Hallman's "The Chess Artist," both for its breadth and its longer-reaching srategy in the form of adventure and travelogue, is the far more compelling treatment of the chess world.