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White King and Red Queen: How the Cold War Was Fought on the Chessboard
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Journalist, scholar, and chess enthusiast Daniel Johnson is our guide to one of history's most remarkable periods, when chess matches were front-page news and captured the world's imagination. The Cold War played out in many areas: geopolitical alliances, military coalitions, espionage, the arms race, proxy wars--and chess. An essential pastime of Russian intellectuals and revolutionaries, later adopted by the Communists as a symbol of Soviet power, chess was inextricably linked to the rise and fall of the "evil empire." This narrative recounts the singular part the Immortal Game played in the Cold War, from chess's role in the Russian Revolution, to the 1945 radio match when the Soviets crushed the Americans, to the epic contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972 at the height of détente, when Kissinger told Fischer to "go over there and beat the Russians," to the collapse of the Soviet Union itself.--From publisher description.
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