The author says of her book, "Most biographers relate facts and describe events; to me feelings and inner reactions to the events are more important than the events themselves. But the most important message I want to convey is that people should use their feelings to become productive."
Jacqueline Piatigorsky was born a Rothschild; her father was head of the Rothschild Bank in Paris. She taught herself chess when she was a very little girl, and became a champion chess player. This engrossing autobiography demonstrates the extraordinary spirit of an extraordinary woman.
In 2013, the World Chess Hall of Fame hosted the exhibition, "Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer" which explored her tremendous influence and lasting impact as one of the most prominent American woman players of the 1950's.