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Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There are two kinds of people: those able to face the truth and those who prefer comforting illusions. The second group, which is by far the largest, will not like this book at all, for it brings the very unwelcome news that man, or 'homo rapiens' as Gray prefers to call him, is merely an accidental product of evolution and that the only thing special about him is an extreme rapaciousness and destructiveness which will soon lead to his extinction.
It is heartening to see a figure such as John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, choosing, as title for his book, an allusion to what is arguably the single most important verse in Lao Tzu's 'Tao te… Read more
My Sixty Memorable Games by Bobby Ficher
My Sixty Memorable Games by Bobby Ficher
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Readers should be aware that there have been several editions of this book. In its original form, in descriptive notation and with Fischer's own annotations, it was very well received indeed, earning high praise from many top players and chess writers. It was also voted the best chess book in any category by the readers of the British Chess Magazine, and I'm sure by others.
Unfortunately, when it was later re-edited and issued in an algebraic edition, something happened to Fischer's original annotations. The editors apparently 'revised' them, and the effect was - as Fischer vehemently complained in a recent radio interview - to make him look like "a patzer." He claims… Read more
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Bruce Pandolfini
CHESS training in 5333 + 1 positions. By [Laszlo] Polgar. 1104 pages. Koln: Konemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 1994. ISBN 3-89508-094-2 (hbk). Reissued by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers as 'Chess : 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games', with a new Introduction by Bruce Pandolfini. ISBN: 1884822312 (hbk).
Laszlo Polgar (1946- ), Hungarian Olympic champion, master coach, and father and trainer of the famous Polgar sisters, has here given us a training book to beat them all, one intended for beginners and amateurs from the basic level to master candidate (2,200 Elo). Since it includes the basic rules of chess and explains, with the help of large diagrams, how each piece moves,… Read more