Game of Kings
A Year Among the Oddballs and Geniuses Who Make Up America's Top HighSchool Chess Team
ISBN 9781592403387 | 304 pages | 27 Dec 2007 | Gotham Trade Paperback | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A year with the boy geniuses of the nation’s top high school chess team, now in paperback with a new afterword“In this thrilling, vigorously reported, deeply empathic book, Michael Weinreb . . . brings to vivid life a contemporary chess world suffused with its own updated version of nerd machismo.”
Edward R. Murrow High School has long been one of New York’s public-education success stories, a school where there are no varsity sports, and the closest thing to jocks is found on the powerhouse chess team.
Award-winning sportswriter Michael Weinreb follows the members of the Murrow chess team through an entire season. Weinreb delves into the history of chess in America, following the stories of greats such as Bobby Fischer, for whom the world within the chessboard is as easy to comprehend as the world beyond it is difficult.
—The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating. . . . [Game of Kings] does for high school chess what Buzz Bissinger’s 1991 bestseller, Friday Night Lights, did for high school football.”
“Writing with the deft, propulsive style of a young Frank Deford, Michael Weinreb has captured both the intellectual insanity—and the curious normalcy—of what it’s like to be a teenaged super-genius. [Game of Kings] is the Friday Night Lights of high school chess.”
—Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV
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