David Schenk (*1966) - The Immortal Game: A History of Chess (2006)
Chess is the most enduring and universal game in history. In this book David Shenk chronicles Chess' intriguing saga, from ancient Persia to medieval Europe to the dens of Benjamin Franklin and Norman Schwarzkopf. Along the way, he examines a single legendary game that took place in London in 1851 between two masters of the time, and relays his own attempts to become as skilled as his Polish ancestor Samuel Rosenthal, a nineteenth-century champion.
Best book on this website in 2014, 2015, 2016