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From Hero to Zero,
This review is from: Endgame: Bobby Fischerís Remarkable Rise and Fall ó from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness (Hardcover)
The story of Bobby Fischer is quite fascinating. However, this book does not go far enough to explain why Fischer, on the brink of becoming the world's greatest chess player and a millionaire, threw everything away and ended up living almost like a down-and-out in California, then trawling around Asia in search of young women like many older American and European men, and ending up spending his last days in Iceland.
The author knew Fischer personally for a long time but he obviously lost touch and provides little first-hand insight on his later years. He never met Fischer after he disappeared from public view and does not even seem to have tried to contact him.
As he is chairman of the Marshall Chess Club in New York, he concentrates a lot on never-ending accounts of chess competitions and games and lists of players that end up just overwhelming the reader.
He does not dig into Fischer's background to even try and find out who his real father was. Nor does he tell the reader enough about Fischer's extraordinary mother - a Communist who ended up living in East Germany and Nicaragua. Her death is dismissed in the second half of a sentences.
Fischer was technically a Jew as his mother was Jewish but he became an unhinged anti-Semite. The author does not really try to explain this.
Despite these criticism, this is a pretty good book overall and certainly worth reading but I feel a more detached writer could have done a better job. I have not read any other biographies of Fischer so perhaps there is a fuller version of his life out there somewhere.