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"Reigning in a narrative with so many plotlines is no gimme, but Schlossman, a history professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Lazarus, his former pupil, take on the challenge with aplomb. Through extensive research and interviews, they can easily loop the tales together, and the momentum they build en rote is palpable, an achievement, certainly, since the outcome is no secret. In the end it's the cast of characters themselves- their dramas, comedies, and motives inside the ropes and beyond- that heighten this chase and keep it moving through a series of biographical codas that extend decades past the trophy presentation."
"There's a reason Johnny Miller never gets tired of reminding us about his final round in the '73 Open: It was that good. But his staggering 63 in the pressure cooker is only one of the compelling storylines that historian Schlossman and his former student Lazarus- a pretty good story right there- weave together in their meticulously detailed narrative of an Open filled with genuine thrills, dramatic subplots, and, in Oakmont itself, the most feared location in the game"
"The 1973 U.S. Open had everything: the most terrifying golf course in the land; an aging but still fiercely competitive Arnold Palmer; Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Gary Player at the top of their games; a brilliant but troubled golfer named John Schlee making his one bid for immortality; and Johnny Miller's final round 63 that remains the Everest of major championship lore. Now that tournament has a chronicle worthy of it, Chasing Greatness, a prodigiously researched, elegantly written, myth-debunking eagle from the fairway by Adam Lazarus and Steven Schlossman. Fore!"
-Ron Rapoport, author of The Immortal Bobby: Bobby Jones and the Golden Age of Golf
"In 1973, Oakmont was the stage for one of the most riveting sports stories of the 20th century, and in Chasing Greatness Adam Lazarus and Steven Schlossman deliver a grand re-telling of a U.S. Open finish like no other. A week after Secretariat made history at the Belmont, Johnny Miller's final turn of 63 shocked the world, denied the hometown hero, Arnold Palmer, a magical punctuation to his prime, and left an impossibly difficult game looking downright vulnerable. This is a must read for fans of golf, and for fans of the human spirit."
-Ian O'Connor, author of the New York Times bestseller Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry
"Informative, engaging, and entertaining... captures the excitement of the 1973 U.S. Open and explains why it was so special in the history of golf."
-George B. Kirsch, Professor of History, Manhattan College, and author of Golf in America
"Authors Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman recreate the 1973 U.S. Open with a drama worthy of the event itself... Every sentence here is rich with detail, all woven into an intimate play-by-play. Four days of golf changed lives and careers, and in this precise account, you understand why."
-Chico Harlan, Washington Post staff writer
"If you want the most thorough history of a most memorable championship, this is it."
-Al Barkow, former PGA broadcaster and author of Golf's Golden Grind and Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf
Adam Lazarus is a freelance sports journalist.
Steve Schlossman is a professor of American social and cultural history at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches a course on the history of golf. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
GREAT BOOK...NICE BACKGROUND INFO. ON ALL THE PLAYERS. I PARTICULARLY LOVED THE PROFILE OF JOHN SCHLEE. FOR WHOM THERE IS NOT A LOT OF INFORMATION ON.Published 15 months ago by Andy Dear
If you love reading about the history of the game, you too should like this well written and researched book. Highly recommended.
This is a very compelling telling of a great moment in golf history. The authors offer new insights into both the history and evolution of Oakmont, and the championship itself. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Lyle Slovick
I enjoyed reading about the Open in 1973 and about the golfers. I was surprised by the long description of John Schlee. I didn't know much about him before reading the book. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by pbirch999
This is a pretty damn good book, but if your not into history, or golf history, it won't be for you.Published on March 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great book about Johnny Miller's unbelievable 63 in the last round of the 1973 US Open at Oakmont Country Club! Golfers and non-golfers alike will love reading this book. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by joelliii
Though this book did deliver a great slice of golfing history in a very readable enjoyable fashion, it did not have the pull you in special something that a great piece of... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by J. Ross
The book was hard to follow as it was very disjointed and not just a focus on Johnny Miller's great round at Oakmont. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by G. Faison
This is a tremendous book. Not only do you learn about the 1973 US Open Championship--a compelling event--but you get to know the characters who made it happen. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by Greg