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Sam: The One and Only Sam Snead
     

Sam: The One and Only Sam Snead

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by Al Barkow
 

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Until now, few people could truly say they knew Sam Snead—his fears, his secrets, his dark side. Until today, there has never been a definitive biography of one of the greatest golfers of all time. Sam is not only a peek behind the mask, but an arresting look into the life of one of the game's most engaging yet enigmatic figures.

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Until now, few people could truly say they knew Sam Snead—his fears, his secrets, his dark side. Until today, there has never been a definitive biography of one of the greatest golfers of all time. Sam is not only a peek behind the mask, but an arresting look into the life of one of the game's most engaging yet enigmatic figures.

Editorial Reviews

Armchair Interviews
Sam Snead had character, and was a character, and this book allows you to see both. And there are a fair number of great golf tips and tournament and exhibition stories sprinkled throughout.
Jack Nicklaus
I was always a great admirer of Sam Snead's game. The first time I played with this golf legend I spent days trying to emulate his simple, silky-smooth, almost-effortless swing. But I think you will find in this biography by Al Barkow that the man behind the simple swing was more complex than most of the public knew.
Midwest Book Review
Looking behind the exterior of the hall of famer, Al Barkow tells his story like never before. Sam is a fine addition to any golf history collection.
Bill Fields
Sam Snead was a much more complicated personality than he was often portrayed during his lifetime, and Al Barkow digs deep in an attempt to reveal the true man.
Dr. John Wagner
This book provides considerable insight into the many sides of one of the greatest golfers in history. Barkow does a fine job writing about Sam Snead the golfer. But he does an even better one writing about Sam Snead the person.
Michael Bamberger
Only a legend could capture the legendary Samuel Jackson Snead, and Al Barkow did it. Snead caught fish with his hands, Barkow caught Snead with his fingertips. An absolute keeper.
Jerry Tarde
I've been a fan of Al Barkow since reading Golf's Golden Grind in college 35 years ago. He's one of the game's best story tellers and historians....Snead and Barkow are two of the greats.
The Globe and Mail, (Canada) - Lorne Rubenstein
In this insightful biography of a legend and one of golf's true characters, Al Barkow brings Sam Snead to life in a way only someone who knows the game and is fascinated by human nature can do. He hits a Grand Slam in this look at Slammin' Sammy Snead.
Peter Kessler
Al Barkow is golf's greatest historian. He proves it once again with this wonderful read about Sam Snead, a complex and fascinating character. Barkow gets it right: Sam was larger than life and a common man wrapped up in one compelling package.
Tim Rosaforte
From his definitive book on the golden era of golf, Gettin' to the Dance Floor, Al Barkow has taken his Snead chapter and layered the story of this American folk hero with reporting and perspective that no golf writer of this generation possibly can.
Jaime Diaz
Sam Snead is golf's folk hero, ethereal and earthy all at once. Al Barkow understands both aspects and brings humanity to the most misunderstood of the great champions.
The New York Times - Larry Dorman
Few people have seen, heard, spoken and written as much about golf and golfers as Al Barkow, and no one is better-suited to the task of presenting such a thoroughly humanizing treatment of the incomparable Sam Snead. With a keen eye for detail and first-hand acquaintance with his subject, Barkow brings the real Snead to life by revealing the character behind the caricatures.
Ken Bowden
...[C]ould be the best golf star biography ever. Tremendously well researched, beautifully written, amazingly complete, superbly organized, honest as necessary in the tough parts but always with an underlying warmth for the man.
Golf.com
Some years ago, the one and only Barkow, a grand continuing presence among golfing scribes, filtered the Snead myth and caricature through his experienced typewriter and out of it came a rich illustrated biography smart and thorough enough to let Snead stand on his own two limber legs. Scrape the façade from the Slammer and there's real gold underneath in the wealth of human nature that Barkow reveals through new reporting and his own long memory and insight. Sadly, Sam disappeared shortly after publication, a calamity happily rectified with a new edition designed more to be read than looked at.
From the Publisher
Looking behind the exterior of the hall of famer, Al Barkow tells his story like never before. Sam is a fine addition to any golf history collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589795969
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
476,462
File size:
665 KB

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Meet the Author

Al Barkow is a veteran golf reporter and recipient of the 2005 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. He lives in Albany, California.

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written. Lacks depth and research.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There is far more than meets the eye when we 'see' athletic stars in action. A prime example is this biography of Sam Snead, one of golf's greatest-ever players. In his colorful staw hats worn at a slight tilt, his crooked but charming smile, and his superb, balletic yet powerful golf swing, Sam Snead seemed like someone with not a care in the world. Life was a cabaret. But beneath the exterior, as Al Barkow makes clear in this deeply insightful biography, Snead was battling all sorts of demons. He was deeply saddened by a son born retarded was ever wary of people with their hands out for loans had to deal all his life with psychological effects of having blown the US Open championship when he made a horrendous eight on the last hole to lose by a stroke. He kept his sanity, in a sense, by telling some of the dirtiest jokes ever heard in some very high-toned company, quietly giving money to people, churches, schools that needed it, and never quit trying to be the best player he could be even when his magnificent natural gifts began to wane. This book is the deepest look into the life of Snead ever produced, and for those who want to understand what drives great athletes - and Snead was one of the all-time greats - this book is a must read. It also features a splendid collection of photographs, beautifully, richly presented. A fine gift for anyone interested in the history of the game of golf.