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The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson, author of the bestseller Hogan, reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course. The Masters is an amazing slice of history. Sampson takes us inside the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Augusta's most famous member. He explores the relationships between races, between Southerners and Northerners, between rich and poor--with such characters as famous soul musician James Brown, the great boxer Beau Jack, and Frank Stranahan, the only white professional golfer ever banned from the tournament. Club and tournament founder Clifford Roberts, who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago, still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure, Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters one of the greatest golf tournaments in the world. Roberts's relationship with presidents, power brokers, and the great golf champions of the time--Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus, to name a few--are brought to light in this spellbinding portrait of a tournament unlike any other. Curt Sampson follows his exceptional biography of Ben Hogan with another sweeping exploration of one of golf's icier hearts: Augusta National and the powers behind the Masters. A combination of history, sociology, and good old sports writing, The Masters counterpoints a rich, white institution with the town surrounding it that is anything but. Ultimately, the book tells the story of a singular sporting experience--and the marvelous drama it has provided--that manages to succeed spectacularly despite the arrogance, dourness, and manipulations of the homogenous bastion that deigns to let the rest of the world intrude upon its exclusiveness for one week every April.
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|Item Size:||1.22 x 6.64 x 6.64 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.8 pounds|
|Package Size:||6.46 x 1.22 x 1.22 inches|
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By Macmillan Audio
sku: 155927553720110928, ean: 9780736662956, isbn: 0736662952,