Josh Waitzkin

Chess Player, Martial Artist, and Author

Joshua Waitzkin is a chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life.

Book Recommendations


Ernest Hemingway on Writing

by Ernest Hemingway, Larry W. Phillips

If someone wants to get to know Hemingway it's just a fantastic compilation of all of Hemingway's writing in letters, in his books, in his articles, everywhere, put together thematically. Basically Hemingway on the writing process, I think it's one of the most important little collections on creativity that I've ever run into. Absolutely brilliant book.

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A Moveable Feast

by Ernest Hemingway

It's a magnificent book. That's where Hemingway really speaks to his writing process, it's fantastical.

Josh Waitzkin, source

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Of course, Old Man and the Sea is the one everybody thinks about and it's a beautiful book.

Josh Waitzkin, source

Green Hills of Africa

by Ernest Hemingway

The Green Hills of Africa, amazing. I think The Green Hills of Africa is one of the most underrated books that he's written.

Josh Waitzkin, source


Shantaram

by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram, one of the most beautiful novels I ever read by Gregory David Roberts, is one I've gotten to know very well, just an ecstatically beautiful book.

Josh Waitzkin, source

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

by Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of the most important books in the world to focus on quality than inequality, learning to find art in anything, deeply, deeply brilliant, philosophical book.

Josh Waitzkin, source


The Dharma Bums

by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac has a huge impact on my life, On the Road, Dharma Bums. His books were what initially tapped me into the idea that life could be ecstatically beautiful.

Josh Waitzkin, source

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac has a huge impact on my life, On the Road, Dharma Bums. His books were what initially tapped me into the idea that life could be ecstatically beautiful.

Josh Waitzkin, source