The Kings of New York: Book summary and reviews of The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb

The Kings of New York

A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Genuises Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Team

by Michael Weinreb

The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2007
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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With strict admission standards and a progressive curriculum, Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School has long been one of New York’s public-education success stories, serving a diverse neighborhood of immigrants and minorities and ranking among the nation’s best high schools. At Murrow, there are no sports teams, and the closest thing to jocks are found on the school’s powerhouse chess team, which annually competes for the national championship.

In The Kings of New York sportswriter Michael Weinreb follows the members of the Murrow chess team through an entire season, from cash games in Washington Square Park to city and state tournaments to the SuperNationals in Nashville, where this eclectic bunch competes against private schoolers and suburbanites.

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"Starred Review. Weinreb clearly develops an affection for the eclectic members of the team, and because of the skill he brings to his project, so will his readers." - PW.

"A fascinating subculture sensitively brought to light, along with some troubling questions." - Kirkus.

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