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
"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."
"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."
"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