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First Off The Tee Paperback – October 12, 2004
"The Black Presidency"
Rated by Vanity Fair as one of our most lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today, this book is a provocative and lively look into the meaning of America's first black presidency. Learn more
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The book's most publicized gotcha! is Van Natta's round with a cheatin' Bill Clinton, which, naturally, serves the purpose of right-wingers everywhere. Less noticed, though, is the insight Van Natta provides in the most revealing portrayal of Clinton yet. By showing Clinton's loosey-goose attitude toward the rules -- and the way he charms those around him into helping out with the bending -- Van Natta offers not only a subtle metaphor for Slick Willie's mindset during the Lewinsky mess. He also shows us why Clinton's approval ratings remained high throughout that mess, why as he puts it, "it's impossible to dislike the guy" even as Clinton is cheating you to your face, why the American public liked him in spite of -- or maybe even because of -- his peccadillos. It's a rare thing to get all this out of a sports book, but then again, we are a differnt nation now, a place where only a fool pays his rightful share of taxes -- and Billigans rule.
of golf as the foundation to add insights and discuss the Presidents who played it. Author Van Natta Jr. brought forth an original avenue to bring a topic that is commonly written about (presidents) to light. Golf, the ever-increasing mainstream sport to the American public, is no longer stereotyped (falsely) that it's an elitist sport to play. In "First Off The Tee," there are many interesting facts about the habits of some of the commanders-in-chiefs that hit the greens.
Bill Clinton took so many mulligan's the author called
them "Billigans." He scored himself in the low 80s, similar to his idol JFK, but he literally took over 200 swings. Clinton played loosely with the rules, at times bending them to conform to his ends. Can the phenomena of how a person plays golf be taken and applied to political and administrative behaviour? Psycho-social analysis? Perhaps a dissertation has started somewhere regarding this.
One President drank booze while golfing during prohibition. He also gambled on a every game.
John F. Kennedy was an avid golpher, and fairly decent one at that,
getting scores in the low 80s. But he did keep the fact that he
played the game secret from the public.
Gerald Ford played amateur tourneys and pinged the
bystanders in the crowd from time to time.
The author played with the likes of Clinton and George W.
Bush. G. W. Bush could play through 18 holes in an hour
and a half, while Clinton took six hours. (He liked
to talk a lot more.)
In the past, Presidents didnt' want to be
photographed on the greens. Today it's acceptable, and
perhaps even expected.
14 mini-biographies highlighting the lighter side of the Execs as men and the sport of golf. Very interesting.
Accumulating fascinating anecdotes from his research into the golf games of the Presidents, and combining these with his own experience as a reporter, which includes more than two years spent covering President Clinton, he shows how a President's golf game reflects the inner man. Fourteen of the last seventeen Presidents were golfers to one degree or another, and no reader, whether a golfer or not, will be disappointed in the unique insights and revealing anecdotes the author gives us of Presidents at leisure. What makes this book different from so many others, is that Van Natta is a real writer, carefully choosing his quotations (including on-course remarks), narrating anecdotes so that they have real climaxes, and emphasizing details that are so telling that no reader will fail to see parallels between the man's golf and his Presidential administration.
Though JFK is adjudged the best player of the fourteen, with an "effortless swing," few citizens knew how addicted he was to the game, something he kept secret because, after Eisenhower's administration, golf was considered a political liability. (Ike left cleat marks in the floor leading from the Oval Office to the practice green outside his window.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for a gift, fast shipping, and product new. VERY GOOD!Published 11 months ago by curtis grimal
I greatly enjoyed reading about the golf game of the presidents. Nice easy read and many secrets revealed about the former presidents golf game.Published on February 7, 2014 by 31jj
Interesting. Engaging. Through the microcosm of golf, the author reveals our former President's personalities.Published on October 25, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for my father-in-law but I enjoyed reading it when I visited him. Good for any golfer that likes to read, or for someone who enjoys presidential history. Read morePublished on January 27, 2007 by N. A. Nelson
I don't golf. Never did. Never will. I think golf is borrrring.... but, I bought this book for a guy who loves golfing. Absolutely loves it. He claims to be good at it. Read morePublished on March 8, 2004 by B. Bennette
I'm a classic golf widow who happened to pick this book up in the bookstore for my husband. He loved it. But, to my surprise, I loved it, too. Read morePublished on August 1, 2003
This book is not only poorly written and boring..it also contains much of the same information that was in a much-better earlier book; "Presidential Lies: The Illustrated... Read morePublished on May 19, 2003
First Off the Tee is a very entertaining book and its filled with humor page after page. I found the book to be more than a sports book or golf book, and am not sure that it... Read morePublished on May 11, 2003