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Golf: The Marvelous Mania
     

Golf: The Marvelous Mania

by Alistair Cooke, Jerry Tarde (Afterword), Jack Nicklaus (Foreword by)
 

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Legendary journalist and beloved TV host Alistair Cooke shares his life-long passion for golf in this stunning collection of his best writing on the sport he loved most. On a fateful day in 1964, Alistair Cooke was dragged into Van Cortland Park in New York City to play his first game of golf. He was immediately hooked, and golf became his greatest passion, even

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Legendary journalist and beloved TV host Alistair Cooke shares his life-long passion for golf in this stunning collection of his best writing on the sport he loved most. On a fateful day in 1964, Alistair Cooke was dragged into Van Cortland Park in New York City to play his first game of golf. He was immediately hooked, and golf became his greatest passion, even though he called it “a method of self-torture, disguised as a game.” No one has written more brilliantly or more lovingly about golf than he does here in this collection.

Golf gathers together for the first time the best of Cooke’s pieces on what he called “the marvelous mania” and showcases the incomparable wit and mischievous charm that made Cooke one of the greatest journalists and broadcasters of the twentieth century. Languish in his prose as he describes Arnold Palmer playing in 102-degree heat in San Antonio, dapper Gary Player winning the US Open at Creve Coeur, Missouri, and Jack Nicklaus playing—and winning—almost everywhere. This is a book no golfer—pro or amateur—should be without.

Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated
“This posthumous compilation embarks on an elegant and breezy tour of the game.”
William F. Buckley
“A superb portraitist . . . adroit, shrewd, eloquent. It is difficult to think of any other journalist who has this combination of qualities under such command.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611453478
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
10/19/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,364,071
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Alistair Cooke was a British American journalist and TV personality who gained world renown for his peerless journalism on every facet of American culture, politics, and life. Cooke hosted PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre for twenty-two years and was known internationally for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from America, which ran for fifty-eight years and was broadcast in fifty-two countries. He died in 2004 in New York City.

Jack Nicklaus is a professional American golfer famous for winning eighteen career major championships over twenty-four years. He is also known as “The Golden Bear” and competed in his last tournament in 2005. He lives in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Jerry Tarde is the chairman and editor in chief of Golf Digest, a position he has held for twenty-five years. He is also the chairman and editorial director of Golf Digest Publications. He lives in New York City, New York.

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