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  • Bobby Fischer Goes to Warby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 11.99

    In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, two men?the Soviet world chess champion Boris Spassky and his American challenger Bobby Fischer?met in the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, held the world spellbound for two months with reports... more...

  • Rousseau's Dogby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau - philosopher, novelist, composer, educationist, political provocateur - was on the run. He was fleeing intolerance, persecution, and enemies who proclaimed him a madman, dangerous to society. David Hume, the foremost philosopher in the English language, universally praised as a model of decency, came to his aid. He brought... more...

  • Rousseau's Dogby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 10.99

    In 1766 philosopher, novelist, composer, and political provocateur Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a fugitive, decried by his enemies as a dangerous madman. Meanwhile David Hume?now recognized as the foremost philosopher in the English language?was being universally lauded as a paragon of decency. And so Rousseau came to England with his beloved dog, Sultan,... more...

  • Wittgenstein's Pokerby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    On 25 October 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The encounter lasted only ten minutes, and did not go well. Almost immediately, rumours started to spread around the world that the two philosophers had come to blows, armed with red-hot pokers . . . more...

  • Bobby Fischer Goes to Warby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 13.11

    For decades, the USSR had dominated world chess. Evidence, according to Moscow, of the superiority of the Soviet system. But in 1972 along came the American, Bobby Fischer - insolent, arrogant, abusive, vain, greedy, vulgar, bigoted, paranoid and obsessive. And apparently unstoppable . . . 'It was thanks to Fischer's greed and weirdness that the... more...

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