The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery

The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery

by Leigh Montville
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The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery by Leigh Montville

John Montague was a boisterous enigma. In the 1930s, he was called “the world's greatest golfer” by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice. He could drive the ball 300 yards and more, or he could chip it across a room into a highball glass. He played golf with everyone from Howard Hughes and W. C. Fields to Babe Ruth and Bing Crosby. Yet strangely, he never entered a professional tournament or allowed himself to be photographed. Then, a Time magazine photographer snapped his picture with a telephoto lens and police quickly recognized Montague as a fugitive with a dark secret. From the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, to John Montague's extraordinary skill and triumphs on the golf course, to the shady world of Adirondack rumrunners and the most controversial, star-studded court trial of its day, The Mysterious Montague captures a man and an era with extraordinary color, verve, and energy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385520331
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LEIGH MONTVILLE is a former columnist at the Boston Globe and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero, and At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf, and Armed Robbery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AA_Battery More than 1 year ago
Breezy and entertaining read of the days of yesteryear. Old Hollywood intrigue is awash in this story of a man more people should have heard of. Loaded with celebrity and old time golf references. Book comes up a bit short in the long run, but that is probably because the main character does such in real life.
2silverspurs More than 1 year ago
Really a good book and a must read! Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I believe that Montague was a great golfer and could beat the best of them. Remember, he was in his 30's. Sounds like he never wanted to beat the competition by too much, because he wanted them to keep coming back. Later, he lived the "good" life too much and threw away his talent by drinking, etc. I am a believer in his skill, wish I was around at the time and could have actually seen him. Shame he ended up how he did - what happened to all of his "friends"?
goffpro More than 1 year ago
I did finish the book and at this point I have no reason why. Just kept going through the pages in hopes of something mysterious. Finally realized the the most mysterious thing was Montague was no mystery. Just another criminal con man on the run. Remember what P.T. Barnum said!!!!!!!!!
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RDM More than 1 year ago
The Mysterious Montague was a Hollywood legend, the question is was he really the best golfer of his time or was it mostly Hollywood myth? The book gives the reader enough information to come to the conclusion that Montague was a good golfer but probably not the best, and there is also no doubt Montague could tee it up and beat the best golfers Hollywood had to offer in his prime. It is well worth the time to read. RDM
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I enjoyed reading it very much.
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