The World Played Chess (Paperback)

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"What separates men from the boys?  Vincent and William have very different stories. Or do they?  Following along in a back and forth dialog from Vincent's year before college, his life as a dad with a son off to college, and William who misses out on college due to the Viet Nam war.  The two lives collide on a worksite and stories are told of blood, sweat, tears, lessons and life takeaways that make this read so worthwhile.  Cheer on all three men and cry for their friends.  And when you close the book, thank a Vet."

— From Kris' Staff Picks


"A fearless and sensitive coming-of-age story. I loved it." --Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky and The Last Green Valley.

Bestselling author Robert Dugoni returns with an emotionally arresting follow-up to The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell.

In 1979, Vincent Bianco has just graduated high school. His only desire: collect a little beer money and enjoy his final summer before college. So he lands a job as a laborer on a construction crew. Working alongside two Vietnam vets, one suffering from PTSD, Vincent gets the education of a lifetime. Now forty years later, with his own son leaving for college, the lessons of that summer--Vincent's last taste of innocence and first taste of real life--dramatically unfold in a novel about breaking away, shaping a life, and seeking one's own destiny.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781542029391
ISBN-10: 1542029392
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 400
Language: English