The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America and the Story of Golf

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"In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer who had already won nine of the seventeen major championships he'd entered during the previous seven years, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that
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Overview

"In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer who had already won nine of the seventeen major championships he'd entered during the previous seven years, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it." What the world didn't know was that throughout his entire playing career the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight. The strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. So much so that soon after the Grand Slam, Jones made a shocking announcement: He was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.
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In the summer of 1930, American golfer Bobby Jones mounted a historic assault on the record books. In a four-month tear, he won the British Amateur, the British Open, the United States Open, and the United States Amateur championships. And then, at the age of 28, he retired. Mark Frost, the author of The Greatest Game Ever Played, tells the story of the most dominant golfer in history.
Sports Illustrated
Using his instinct for character development to delve into Jones' psyche, Frost identifies what makes Jones interesting and startlingly contemporary.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With clear, crisp prose Frost does a great job of bringing Jones' assault on the Grand Slam back to life.
Scottish Golf Magazine
If you thought you knew the story of Bobby Jones . . ., then think again: this book is the engrossingly definitive account.
Publishers Weekly
Before Arnold, Jack and Tiger, there was Bobby. After winning the Grand Slam of golf in 1930, Jones stood like a colossus over the American sporting scene. He is the only individual to have been recognized with two ticker tape parades down Broadway's Canyon of Heroes. Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) has written a swift, surefooted account of Jones's remarkable life and career. From Jones's precocious early days on the Atlanta links to his sudden retreat from the media spotlight, Frost covers every detail. The self-taught Jones began playing serious tournaments at 14 and quickly moved into the ranks of the world's best players. In 1930, he won the four major tournaments of the time: the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur, which sportswriters dubbed the Grand Slam. Following this success, Jones promptly retired. Later diagnosed with a rare nerve illness, he lived out his life as golf's elder statesman. While Frost's eager prose has an engaging, "you are there" quality, for nongolfers the question is whether they actually do want to be there. Frost strains to place Jones's achievement in the broader context of American history. As bedside reading for the literate duffer, this is a hole in one. For the average reader, it's a bogey. 15 b&w photos. Agent, Ed Victor. (Nov.) Forecast: The Greatest Game (2002) was praised widely, and cross-promos with the USGA and golfing events could help this new book gain traction among Frost's readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Decades later, the name Bobby Jones says it all: a legend. His "grand slam" (winning the Open Championship, British Amateur, U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur) in 1930 has yet to be duplicated. Frost's current work follows his own The Greatest Game Ever Played, a historical recounting of Jones's predecessors in modern golf: Harry Vardon and Francis Ouimet. Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times-the economics (the Great Depression), baseball (Babe Ruth and the Sox and Yankees), politics, and life in general. He also chronicles the emergence of influential sportswriters. As a biography, this allows the opportunity to see a Jones with flaws: club-throwing, quick-tongued, a middling real estate salesman. At the same time, Frost shows Jones as a complex person of single-mindedness, honesty, and piety. While not the last biography of Jones, this one is very well done. Highly recommended for all sports collections.-Steven Silkunas, North Wales, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786183050
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Frost is the author of the critically acclaimed THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, THE GRAND SLAM, and the bestselling THE LIST of 7, THE 6 MESSIAHS, and BEFORE I WAKE. He received a Writer's Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as executive story editor on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues, and was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC television series Twin Peaks. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    GOLF LEGEND

    THIS IS ONE HOT GOLF BOOK THAT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN! THE WRITER FROST HAS DONE A GREAT JOB COVERING BOBBY JONES LIFE AND ALL OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT HE WON AND DOING IT AT SUCH A GREAT GOLFER DOING IT ALL AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE .IT IS SO IRONIC THAT BOBBY JONES CAME ALONG AND DID WHAT HE DID CAUSE THAT TRULY BROUGHT ALOT OF HOPE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAUSE HE WON HIS BIG CHAMPIONSHIP DURING THE DEPRESION. WOW WHAT A BLESSING TO COME OUT OF A DARK CLOUD. THIS IS A VERY ENJOYABLE BOOK AND VERY EASY TO READ AND YOU WILL BE TRULY INSPIRED BY IT AND IT WOULD ALSO MAKE A NICE GIFT FOR A FRIEND FAMILY MEMBER OR CO WORKER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    Another eagle for Frost!

    What an excellent follow up to The Greatest Game Ever Played. If you are interested in how golf got its start in America, then this is a must read for you. Great insight on Bobby Jones and his raise to the top of the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Golf and period history

    A great followup to his winning Greatest Game Ever Played. Frost gives us a deep insight into the greatest achievement the game of golf has seen as well as the private side of one of the games greatest.But Frost also sets the stage with a period history review which adds even more to the story. Simply a fine historical golf book.

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