My current book is called the "Zurich International Chess Tournament, 1953", by David Bronstein. The tournament was held to determine a challenger for the world title and was in the era when chess was becoming "modern"; ie new openings were being played and the game was becoming highly competitive and better understood.
Even though I don't play now I am still a spectator of the game, and I find this book conveys the beauty and passion chess can evoke and how much the game has changed since then, especially now with computers being as strong as any human player.
PS. A nice quote relevant to this forum - a leading player of the 19th century, Siegbert Tarrasch, once said : Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.