Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall --- from America's brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
Crown · 2011
Hardcover · 402 pp.
Endgame is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady's decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent---and confounding descent---of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was ten years old and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effects of fame. Drawing from Fischer family archives, recently released FBI files, and Bobby's own e-mails, this account is unique in that it limns Fischer's entire life---an odyssey that took the Brooklyn-raised chess champion from an impoverished childhood to the covers of Time, Life, and Newsweek to recognition as "the most famous man in the world" to notorious recluse.