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The Ultimate Golf Book

In this golfer's ultimate delight, Charles McGrath and David McCormick have compiled a unique combination of golf history and original essays by some of golf's greatest (and best-selling) writers and enthusiasts. Anchoring the book is a colorful, loose-limbed history of the sport by the Sports Illustrated senior writer John Garrity. He travels the globe and the links, covering the key personalities and golfing events, advances in technique and technology, the expanding interest in the sport, and the curious mysteries of this international obsession. Complementing the narrative are wonderfully diverse and entertaining essays on everything from the Age of Tiger to the woes of the lowly club pro, the charms of playing in the dead of winter, and even giving up the game altogether.
With its mix of unsurpassed literary writing and superb history, this armchair companion is a must-have for any serious student of the game--truly The Ultimate Golf Book.
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The misnomer that this browser is "the ultimate" among countless others like itself is quickly pointed out by McGrath, editor of the New York Times Book Review, who presents this collection of unexpectedly intimate compositions with great relish. Featuring over 300 photographs that range from attractive to dazzling, the 18 essays muse on the history, rules, architecture and pleasures of the game from the likes of John Updike, Rick Reilly and John Feinstein. David Owen confesses his joy of the personal game; Chang-Rae Lee investigates the East Coast behavior of golf fans who beat the crowds by camping out for tee times; and a warm piece on winter play by Ward Just is a remarkable standout. Historian Garrity provides every angle, from the game's assumed birth in Scotland to the early tour years, the advent of television, the importance of the swing and the "equipocentric" nature of the sport. Meanwhile, the transcendent abilities of Tiger Woods prove sufficient for godlike glory. The combined effect of these pieces is rewarding, putting the reader at risk of alienating friends and family with an unabated love of golf. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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