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A Golfer's Life

Arnold Palmer; James Dodson

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ISBN 10: 0345414810 / ISBN 13: 9780345414816
Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1999 Fine book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Edition March 1999, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 420 clean tight unmarked pages, color photo of golf courses on the front and back end pages, eight full glossy pages of b/w photos in one mid-section insert, blue boards with burgundy cloth boards, gilt stamped lettering on the spine, jacket has a full color photo of Arnold Palmer on the front with raised silver and white lettering, b/w photo on the back jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 003097

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Title: A Golfer's Life

Publisher: Ballantine Books, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A Golfer's Life

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From his first steps onto the public stage, this true icon of sport exuded an aura more inviting than off-putting, and his substantial record--92 titles worldwide, four Masters championships, a U.S. Open crown, and back-to-back British Open victories--speaks for itself. So does his autobiography. It is friendly, chatty, honest, passionate, long on spirit, and deft with the anecdotes it shares. As a storyteller, Palmer is as down the middle with the failures and hard times as he is with the remarkable triumphs. He writes thrillingly about golf at its most competitive; probingly about his rivals, particularly Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus; revealingly about the extended slump that followed the '64 Masters, his last win in a major; fairly and nobly about his own legendary status; emotionally about his family and his complex relationship with his father; and quite movingly about both his and his wife's battles with cancer: "The very word...used in the same sentence as Winnie's name struck cold terror in my heart."

If A Golfing Life sometimes finds itself ankle-deep in the rough of its own sentimentality--"I'm damned proud of my efforts"--it also surprises with unflinching candor and self-awareness: "Walking down the fairway, shaken to the core," he concedes of his titanic collapse in the final round of the 1966 U.S. Open, "I doubt if I have ever felt as alone or as devastated on the golf course. I know what a train wreck the world is witnessing." In the end, the volume's real appeal isn't just the charismatic persona of Palmer himself--it's his ability to take aim at the birdies and bogeys of a full life on and off the course and assess them with clarity, charm, equanimity, and wit. --Jeff Silverman

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