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I'm going to do something daring - review this book before I've even read it! I'm an amateur chess historian and I already know quite a bit about The Turk. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Keith Halonen
This is a historical niche account of a mechanical curiosity, a chess-playing automaton and how it astonished the world for about a century. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by danny boy
Tom Standage's book about an 18th Century chess playing automaton is fascinating for its history of the 18th Century's fascination with clockwork automatons and chess playing in... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Prof. Centennius
Great history retelling from someone who does NOT like history as a subject. Chess and history skillfully intertwined by this author.Published on January 14, 2013 by Larry W. DeBoer
I wouldn't think it possible to make a historical study of a piece of technology from the eighteenth century into a thriller, but this lovely book about 'the Turk' had me turning... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Carolyn Brown Heinz
This is a great book- I really liked it and I highly recomend it to anyone interestd in automation and history.Published on January 14, 2012 by Dr Lafong
I couldn't stop reading about the fascinating people such as Philemon, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon, Edgar Allan Poe and a host of European royalty who were so perplexed and... Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by Jerry D. Weller