Ben Hogan: An American Life

Ben Hogan: An American Life

by James Dodson
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Ben Hogan: An American Life by James Dodson

Authorized, intimate, and definitive, Ben Hogan: A Life is the long-awaited biography of one of golf’s greatest, most enigmatic legends, narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Dodson a critically acclaimed national bestseller.

One man is often credited with shaping the landscape of modern golf. Ben Hogan was a short, trim, impeccably dressed Texan whose fierce work ethic, legendary steel nerves, and astonishing triumph over personal disaster earned him not only an army of adoring fans, but one of the finest careers in the history of the sport. Hogan captured a record-tying four U.S. Opens, won five of six major tournaments in a single season, and inspired future generations of professional golfers from Palmer to Norman to Woods.

Yet for all his brilliance, Ben Hogan was an enigma. He was an American hero whose personal life, inner motivation, and famed “secret” were the source of great public mystery. As Hogan grew into a giant on the pro tour, the combination of his cool outward demeanor and invincible, laser-guided accuracy on the golf course froze formidable opponents in their tracks. In 1949, at the peak of his career, Hogan’s mystique was reinforced by a catastrophic automobile accident in which he and his wife, Valerie, were nearly killed after being hit head-on by a Greyhound bus. Doctors predicted Hogan might never walk again – let alone set foot on another golf course. But his miraculous three-year recovery and comeback led to one of the greatest performances in golf history when in 1953 he won the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open (something that’s never been repeated).

In this first-ever family-authorized biography, renowned author James Dodson expertly and emotionally reconstructs Hogan’s complicated life. He discovers an intensely honest man handicapped by self-doubt, buoyed by the determination to prove his own abilities, and unable to escape a long-buried childhood tragedy – the core of the Hogan “secret.” Dodson also reveals both the legendary devotion and eventual strain in Hogan’s sixty-two-year marriage, and a Hogan rarely seen by the public: a warm, jovial man whose charitable spirit and sharp business sense enabled him to build the powerful golf equipment company bearing his name to this day. Ben Hogan: A Life is the authoritative inside portrait golf fans have long awaited.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767908634
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 328,491
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

JAMES DODSON is the author of bestselling Final Rounds, which was named the Golf Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf in 1996. He is also the author of The Road To Somewhere: Travels With A Young Boy Through An Old World, as well as Faithful Travelers, The Dewsweepers, and A Golfer’s Life, a collaboration with Arnold Palmer that was a New York Times bestseller. A multiple winner of the prestigious Golf Writers of America Award for his column in Golf Magazine, and numerous other literary prizes, Dodson lives with his wife and children on the coast of Maine.

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Ben Hogan: An American Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
paulfromtexas More than 1 year ago
Although this is a well researched book, It is a little wordy. The author did a great job of bringing in other views and events surrounding the life which enhances the background of the bio. All in all, it is well done and very complete.
kirktime More than 1 year ago
Hard life in the early years molds one of the greatest of all time. Dodson gives us a great glimpse into the life and times of this icon. Really enjoyed it.
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All the things I learned about Hogan where tremendous, He was not just a greatbgolfer but a person and Mr. Hogan has changed the game forever and Dodson does a very good job on explaining the life that very few knew.
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Trey Hayden More than 1 year ago
Unbeliebable story about an unbelievable man.
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newsman More than 1 year ago
Ben Hogan did not like the human race, but he was sometimes kind and fascinates for the integrity of his character as well as for the perfection of his golf swing. This is an in-depth and well written biography.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. James Dodson did an excellent job of researching the man and the legend. He not only delves into the golf professional but the man. I gained a greater appreciation for Mr. Hogan's work ethic and his personality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best biography, and one of the best books of any kind, I have ever read. Dodson does a superb job of capturing Ben Hogan, the man, as well as Ben Hogan, the greatest golfer of his era, and arguably of all time. This is a great read for anyone with even a passing interest in golf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dodson does a magnificent job of detailing the life of a legendary golfer both on and off the golf course. The writing is smooth and the story flows well. Hogan's feats on the links and his recovery from a devestating car crash are equally fascinating and inspiring. This is a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terribly written, and provides no real insight into Ben Hogan the man. The book was tied together very poorly. In one paragraph we are told that a friendship ended, a few later we are told the two had dinner together. However, my personal favorite was when we are told that one player never wins again, and the very next page we are told he won. All the author does is bring up a topic and suggest two alternatives. It appears that Dowson failed to do any real research when writting the book. I continued to read it in hopes it would improve, but alas it did not. Pick up the Sampson book instead.