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Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry Paperback – April 8, 2009
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"Finely written, intricately researched and smartly reported." -- YahooSports.com
"Superb...Arresting." New York Post
"You can't go wrong writing or reading about those two guys, and O'Connor certainly got it right." Newsday
"Fascinating . . . A nice mix of golf history and interpersonal dynamics." Booklist, ALA
"A considerable amount of original research... Recommended." Library Journal
"Refreshing and captivating." Tampa Tribune
"O’Connor’s chronicle...gives readers a picture-perfect view of how they made the sport what it is today." John Feinstein
THE definitive book on [Arnie and Jack’s] often complicated but honorable relationship.” Gene Wojciechowski
O’Connor explains the most complicated of human relationships in the simplest of terms the fascinating journey should not be missed.” Bill Plaschke
A classic work the most riveting personal moments...[it] is the best thing I’ve read in a long while.” Edwin Pope
O’Connor, reporting in rich detail while lifting golf to the big leagues of American sports.” Dave Kindred
". . . an exceptional read." USA Today
"O’Connor's book is great because it reminds you how much fun and how ferocious golf used to be." Kansas City Star
Top Customer Reviews
This book tells the tale of two of Golf's titans, both their individual stories, and the story of their complicated relationship, from the first time they met, to the present day. Arnold Palmer, muscular arms bulging out of his short-sleeved shirts, cigarette hanging from his lips, going for every pin, with that wild looking swing of his. Jack Nicklaus: once Fat Jack, before he transformed himself. Picture perfect on the course, but not with the galleries, never getting the love that they showered on Palmer, the King. To say it was love/hate would be an understatement. They competed to the death in everything, but cared about each other much more than they would let on. Ironically, each wanted to be the other. Arnie wanted all those Majors, and the title of Greatest Golfer ever. Jack wanted the popularity and love that Arnie always had. But as Arnie said, "You can only be so many things in life."
The book is wonderfully written. You almost feel like you were there, as the author describes so many memorable Arnie/Jack duels. There is also a fascinating look at their wives. Winnie Palmer & Barbara Nicklaus were fast friends from the moment they met, even as their husbands were trying to beat each other's brains out. When I finished this book, I remember thinking, "I really enjoyed that." I think you will,too.
The book has some really interesting things I learned about these two giants in sports, and I love these guys is why I bought the book. My issues is that Jack and Arnold built their careers on class and character. That being said, I wish the author took a lesson from that example and used better language instead of so many curse words and street language like "snot" and many more Amazon won't let me write even in a review. It really detracts from the book to me, but I love the subject so much I try to block it out.
Maybe he wanted to show the connection to the street with Arnold but I think Arnold would be embarrassed about the attempt myself and it's totally unnecessary and should be used with football and basketball players perhaps but not these two.
Arnold and Jack were not only the worlds best golfers, but also first class wonderful human beings and serve as examples to us in many ways. Un-like the thugs and criminals and those that lack all character in sports today, like "Eldrick Tont Woods", these two show it's possible to capture the imagination and respect of the world and still be honest and kind and give back to the game.
They are hero's of mine, and I love reading about how they lived their lives. An okay book...not a great one.
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Interesting read. Does a great job of contrasting the players yet showing how similar in many ways they were.Published 9 months ago by Tony b
Filled with fascinating, but little known facts about one of sport's all time great rivalries. Bottom line.... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thomas C. Fishburne
Wonderful story of both golfers. Learned more than I thought I would. Makes me appreciate the autograph I have of Arnie even more.Published 14 months ago by richard j. wojtecki