Jack Nicklaus: My Story

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Jack Nicklaus: My Story is Jack Nicklaus's complete and compelling inside, in-depth account of those legendary majors triumphs, along with many other competition highlights - and some lowlights, too - of one of the greatest sports careers of all time. But, because this fascinating man has always been so much more than a professional athlete, his long-awaited autobiography is vastly more than a book about winning and losing. Revealed with the unfailing candor and intensity that are his most distinctive personality...
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Overview

Jack Nicklaus: My Story is Jack Nicklaus's complete and compelling inside, in-depth account of those legendary majors triumphs, along with many other competition highlights - and some lowlights, too - of one of the greatest sports careers of all time. But, because this fascinating man has always been so much more than a professional athlete, his long-awaited autobiography is vastly more than a book about winning and losing. Revealed with the unfailing candor and intensity that are his most distinctive personality traits, here are all of the Jack Nicklauses his legions of admirers, and even some of those close to him, have never known the son, whose eyes still well up at the mention of his father; the husband, deeply aware of how much the strength, resilience, charm, and love of a woman content to remain in the shadows have meant to both his public image and private happiness; the famous father who, every day of his life, really has put his children first; the artist, tirelessly creating highly acclaimed courses so that others can enjoy his beloved game; the businessman, staggeringly successful at times, staggeringly unsuccessful at others; the analyst of the methods and makeups of the golfers who pushed him hardest and, most candidly of his own strengths and weaknesses; the commentator offering deep insights and strong opinions on the whys and wherefores of an occupation that has been extremely rewarding for him, yet one that he still regards as purely a game; and the multimillionaire, jet-plane-owning, world-traveling celebrity who is happiest hanging around home in a pair of shorts, then taking the kids to a family restaurant for dinner.

This long-awaited autobiography of the greatest golfer of all time chronicles the life and astounding career of Jack Nicklaus, winner of 20 major championships, comprising two U.S. Amateurs, six Masters, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five PGA Championships. 16 pp. of photos. Complete Nicklaus statistical appendix. 480 pp. National ads & publicity. 125,000 print. Autobiography

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most golf pros, amateurs and just plain fans agree that Nicklaus, who has won 20 major golf tournaments, may be the best ever at the game. In this autobiography, which is Nicklaus's seventh collaboration Golf My Way, etc. with Bowden, the Golden Bear catalogues the highlights of his amazing career. Two elements of the book are striking: eschewing false modesty, Nicklaus several times refers to himself as a great golfer; and he displays a mind-boggling ability to recall his best and worst shots, even at a remove of more than 30 years. He begins with his first U.S. Amateur Championship in 1959, when he was 19, and his selection for the Walker Cup team that same year. Then come his first pro victory, the U.S. Open in 1962, and accounts of his three subsequent U.S. Open wins, his three British Open titles, his five PGA championships and his unparalleled six Masters victories. The last of these, the 1986 triumph, Nicklaus considers his most fulfilling win, because he had not taken a major championship in six years and because, battling for this last crown, he was cheered on by the fans, a far cry from his status 30 years before, when he was hated for dethroning the popular Arnold Palmer. Along the way, Nicklaus pays tribute to his father, his teachers, his fellow players, many of whom offered him valuable tips over the years, and above all his wife, in his view the perfect partner. There are valuable hints on the mental set necessary to play superior golf and on matters of technique. No links fan will want to miss this warm and personal memoir by the greatest of the great. Photos not seen by PW. 125,000 first printing; first serial to Golf Magazine. Apr.
Library Journal
Nicklaus, winner of the Professional Golfer's Association's Golfer of the Century award in 1988, covers some of the same ground with longtime associate Bowden that he did with renowned golf historian Herbert Warren Wind in The Greatest Game of All 1969. Here, Nicklaus focuses on his Hall of Fame career, beginning with his victory in the 1959 U.S. Amateur Championship and concluding with his dramatic win in The Masters in 1986 at the age of 46. Shot-by-shot, hole-by-hole descriptions of many of his record championships are included along with his notions on the present condition of professional golf. With a graciousness and humility rarely found in sports biographies today, the Golden Bear relates his feelings about rivals Arnold Palmer and more, heroes Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and family. But it's when he describes what he considers the key mental requirements for winning consistently and his own approach to getting ready for a tournament that Nicklaus reveals the temperament of a tenacious competitor driven by the absolute need to win. Recommended for all sports collections.Peter Ward, Lindenhurst Memorial Lib., West Islip, N.Y.
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"The most important golf autobiography since that of Nicklaus's boyhood hero, Bobby Jones. A chronicle of rare insight and depth. It manages to increase the reputation of its subject. And like him, it will last."

— Jay Nordlinger, The Washington Times

"A must read for golfers of all ages. A wonderful book with insights into the great man's life and thoughts. Everyone who enjoys the game should get a copy, curl up in a comfortable chair and lose yourself in his wonderland."

— Stan Hunt, The Pilot

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786114290
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 13 Cassettes

Meet the Author

Jack Nicklaus was born in 1940 in Columbus, Ohio, and maintains a home there and in Florida. Widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, he has achieved a record twenty major championship victories, consisting of two U.S. Amateurs, six Masters (also a record), four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five PGA Championships. The winner of more than 100 professional tournaments around the world, Nicklaus was named Golfer of the Century in 1988.

Ken Bowden was the editorial director of both Europe's and America's premier golf magazines, and has collaborated with Nicklaus on eleven books. Since first watching Nicklaus compete in 1959, Bowden has witnessed a great many of Jack's achievements first-hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    There is no reason to brag!

    This was a very entertaining and easy to read autobiography, but it seemed like there was too much bragging on the author's part. It wasn't the wins that this great golfer had that made it seem like he was bragging-I mean if you win 20 majors, how do you not describe them w/o bragging. Instead though, it was the fact that he has such an ego, that it seems like everything he did, he was just such a wonderful person who never did anything wrong. I mean, sure, maybe he never stole a freight train, but this guy just tells stories about himself that makes him out to be such a wonderful, model person. I'm not saying he wasn't, but there has to be something this guy did wrong. All in all, it was a good read though, and I would recommend it to any golf fan. I thought it was very interesting how Jack had 20 chapters in the book to match his twenty majors.

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