Anchor Books has just published the paperback edition of my book The Immortal Game.
“Clear, elegant, sophisticated and easy to understand . . . just the thing to get you in the thrall of this ancient game.”
— Los Angeles Times
“Shenk, a spry writer....[offers] a strong case for the game’s bewitching power.”
— New York Times Book Review
“Fresh and fascinating...a world-spanning story [Shenk] relates with skill and verve.”
— Chicago Sun-Times
"Beguiling . . . [Shenk's] history has an improvisational dexterity that suits its subject."
— Weekly Standard
“A bravura demonstration of the art of storytelling.”
— Globe and Mail (A Top 100 Book of 2006)
“Fascinating...[Shenk] writes about chess history with contagious zest.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Brilliantly conceived . . . You won’t find a more lucid and captivating exploration of [chess].”
— Toronto Star (A Best of 2006)
“Shenk weaves a masterful tale that all readers can enjoy, no matter how little they know about chess.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Wonderful . . . a book filled with daring moves and cunning patience."
— Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics
"I loved this book . . . Like a great chess game, this is an achievement that will be talked about for many years to come."
— Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman
"With the depth and insight of a grandmaster, The Immortal Game explores and explains not only the addictive power of chess but its shockingly important, Zelig-like role in the history of humankind."
—Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak