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Is there anything left to be said about the Tiger Woods scandal? Probably not, if the focus is on what he did when with which cocktail waitresses, but veteran sportswriter Callahan takes a different tack altogether. Exploring the complex relationship between Tiger and his father, Earl, Callahan delivers a revealing portrait of a man and his talented son, the love they felt for one another, and the emotional scars that father passed along to son. Much of the book tells Earl’s story and a fascinating one it is. Unlike his son, Earl felt the full force of racism growing up, including four years at Kansas State University, where he played baseball, and later as a career army officer. Yes, Tiger became a stand-in for Earl (also a habitual womanizer), but Callahan shows that none of the simple explanations tells the whole story. In a book full of revealing anecdotes, perhaps the most striking is this comment from Tiger’s half sister: “I asked him once, Don’t you ever want to do a little dirt, Tiger, be a little bad?” The young boy answered, “I probably would if I didn’t know I was going to be famous someday.” HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A full media blitz is likely to bring the Tiger story front and center yet again, but this time Callahan may be able to offer some much-needed perspective. --Bill Ott

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"It's always rewarding when a masterful writer digs deeply into a tough subject and comes closer to the truth than anyone else. Tom Callahan not only does this in His Father's Son, he entertains along the way."
-Dan Jenkins, author of Dead Solid Perfect and Fairways and Greens

Praise for Tom Callahan:

"Tom Callahan does to words what Tiger Woods does to golf balls. Under his spell, they soar, spin, and do the samba on the head of a matchstick. There's nobody better."
-Rick Reilly, ESPN

"Tom knows the game of golf as well as anyone in the business."
-Jack Nicklaus

"Callahan could make a book about agricultural reform in mid-Wales in the 13th century sing and dance."
-John Hopkins, The Times of London

"When I was just starting out, before I played in either a Masters or a U.S. Open, I played with Tom Callahan in Pretoria. So, we go back a ways, twenty years. To me, he's the Jack Nicklaus of the golf writers."
-Ernie Els

"Tom Callahan writing about anything is like Julia Child saying, 'If you don't have any plans, stick around and I'll make you dinner.'"
-Tony Kornheiser, ESPN's Pardon The Interruption

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405978
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Davis Houck on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a year too early as it was clearly rushed into print to take advantage of the current Tiger publishing craze. Callahan was given a lot of access to the Woods family--and that access is a point of critique throughout the book. It's clear that Family Woods keeps an up-to-the day ledger of who's written what about Tiger--and who will be granted access in the future.

Some of Callahan's most titillating material remains just that, especially the one-year estrangement between father and son due to Earl's sexual escapades--or so Callahan leads us to believe. It's also clear that Earl was a BS artist beyond compare as he loved to plant stories with favored reporters about Tiger's exploits on and off the course. His death, sadly for many reporters, stopped at least some interesting news coming out of the Woods camp that wasn't written, edited and delivered by the International Management Group.

Finally, the organization of the book is just plain odd: Callahan's book proceeds chronologically based on the majors that Tiger wins. Moreover, his interludes with Ernie Els and other Tiger competition badly fractures the already strained arrangement.

Read the book if you're a Tiger junkie. If you're not, wait for the second, revised edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on November 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We've gotten the fairy tale and we've gotten the muck-raking. Now we have a sober, clear-eyed account of an outsized personality (Earl Woods)who was both incredibly focused and amazingly flawed as he raised a champion golfer and reaped the rewards. Tiger's major triumphs--roughly the middle third of the book--are old news. But the last third, covering the scandal, is a remarkably well-written and perceptive analysis.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Dunn on November 16, 2010
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This book has nothing new in it. The story about Tiger and Earl before and after the scandal has been covered thousands of times and better than this. There were many typos in the Kindle editon, it is not very well written. This book has the distinction of being the first book to be deleted from my Kindle.
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