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The Turk, Chess Automaton

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  1 review
With all-new research and facts unknown for two centuries, this is a richly detailed and comprehensive account of ?The Turk, ? Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen's amazing but fraudulent Chess Automaton that held the world spellbound for 85 years beginning in 1770. In actuality, the Turk was manipulated by a man housed in a hot box, working by candlelight?but the secret was kept ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by McFarland & Company (first published October 1st 2000)
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Jeff Raymond
There are at least two books that I'm aware of that deal directly with The Turk, and countless articles and chapters devoted to it. By far, however, this book is the most detailed and seemingly most accurate. It compiles plenty of primary information along with relying on plenty of information to help get down to the bottom of one of history's great curiousities.

Read this along with Tom Standage's more populist take for best results.
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