Review: Max Euwe's Best Games by Jan Timman

Wonderful write up.

Thank you for helping us appreciate the history of chess by teaching us more about the players who have made it great.
I bought this book along with Boris Spassky's best games, all from New In Chess. I tried to read them, but I got more confused. I came to the conclusion that my understanding of chess is still too far away to grasp the complexities of this former World Champions. I would prefer New In Chess, who are my favorite publishers, to also focus on releasing game collections from players in the 19th century, like Morphy, Pillsbury, Anderssen, etc. At least these players' game plans were straightforward and could be understood by a larger audience.
Not the first good book from New In Chess on Max Euwe of course. The Max Euwe biography by Alexander Munninghoff from the early 2000s is still an absolute classic and as good as anything you can find on this underrated champ, with lots of historical content about the chess era of that time, his battles with Alekhine and annotated games by the man himself.

That being said, the Timman book does look excellent as well.
Thank you, millicentbarnes!
FearNoseAll, to me the explanations in the Euwe book are clearer than in the Spassky book. (I believe New in Chess are doing one on Morphy.) Still it is true that Timman assumes a fair amount of knowledge. Something like Irving Chernev's Logical Chess Move by Move might give you a more accessible way into the classics and Euwe and Spassky could follow after that.
James, yes, Munninghof's Euwe bio is a classic (even if I remember being a bit puzzled by some of the psychological speculations), but light on game analysis. Richter's old book in German was I think the only previous dedicated Euwe game collection apart from Euwe's own work. Euwe was a good and prolific annotator but that's another topic...
I've read a few of Euwe's books and think he is a great teacher, I've enjoyed everything I've read by him and I admire his play.
would you recommend someone rated around 1900 lichess to read and get value from this book?
@Amonanderlake I don't see why not. It may be relatively demanding but the notes are good quality and top-level chess from that era tends to be less ferociously complex than top-level chess now, so in my view good to learn from.