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The Classic Palmer Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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About the Author

John Feinstein is a bestselling sportswriter and columnist for the Washington Post, Golf World, and Golf Digest and a frequent commentator on the Golf Channel. Walter Iooss has worked extensively for Sports Illustrated magazine, photographing more than 300 of its covers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Feinstein spent years on the staff at the Washington Post, as well as writing for Sports Illustrated and the National Sports Daily. He is a commentator on NPRs "Morning Edition," a regular on ESPNs "The Sports Reporters" and a visiting professor of journalism at Duke University.His first book, A Season on the Brink, is the bestselling sports book of all time. His first book for younger readers, Last Shot, was a bestseller.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken Kardash on May 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a nice little gift book for fans of Arnold Palmer, which is certainly a large market. However, I feel the need to warn potential buyers that the online description of it as a "vivid biographical portrait" is misleading. Of the 135 small pages of text, roughly half are photos. Fine photos they are, by an acclaimed sports photographer, but they seem randomly chosen mostly from the peak of his career and often bear no relation to the adjacent prose. And the writing constitutes not so much a biography but a reflective essay on the roots of Palmer's considerable and enduring appeal. Although fans will not need convincing, Feinstein makes the case that if his subject is arguably not the greatest, he is undoubtedly the most charismatic golfer of modern times. He does this mostly through anecdotes, some of them unflattering to other high-profile players, that show how genuinely and remarkably personable Palmer is. In an age where sports celebrity has become synonymous with aloofness from fans, the main appeal of this picture book is capturing the nostalgia for an athlete who not only inspired but also enjoyed them.
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By E. Bowles on July 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While this book does have some nice photos of Palmer from his glory days, overall I was disappointed. The book is a bit skimpy at 135 pages and 5x7 format. With all the options available, this one seems to have barely made it to print. The content is good - just not enough. I was disappointed and would only recommend this for the die-hard Arnold Palmer fan.
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By D. R. Hicks on October 16, 2013
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feinstein is aa master craftsman writer, his detail and storytelling is excellent and this book matches the quality of his other work.
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By iojywa on October 4, 2013
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Nice book to have sitting around for all to pick up! Non-golfers would enjoy some of the things this great man has done.
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By Dan Russell on May 9, 2013
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I very happy with this book on Arnold. One of the great players in the history of the game is always worth reading about. Wish Tiger could take the time to read and understand what simple things have made the King so beloved!
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By Nadene on September 21, 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much and have suggested it to others. As a golfing household this book was right up my ally and was very informative and quit fun to read. I learned many things about the Great Palmer that makes me admire him even more than before. It may not help your golf game but it shows you what golf is suppose to be about.
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