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The Immortal Bobby: Bobby Jones and the Golden Age of Golf Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 16, 2005

ISBN-13: 088-4288590732 ISBN-10: 0471473723 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471473723
  • ASIN: B001PIHVGC
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thorough biography of Jones. Solid reporting." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

"Bobby Jones' golf Grand Slam, achieved 75 years ago, ranks among sports' greatest accomplishments… He did it, but as Ron Rapoport discovered… not without a great deal of suffering, mental and physical." (USA Today)

"The Immortal Bobby is a well-researched and unvarnished biography of Jones by Ron Rapoport, a Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist and National Public Radio commentator. Rapoport excels at adding sociological context to Jones' achievements." (GolfWeek)

There are several Bobby Jones books out this spring commemorating the 75th anniversary of his 1930 Grand Slam, but none so far is better researched, or told with greater detail, than this one by Rapoport, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Rapoport recounts the more fascinating details of Jones' life after doing scores of interviews and poring over the golfer's many correspondences. Jones was a prolific writer; in fact, his own accounts of his golf matches occasionally appeared in the next day's paper. Rapoport says he "discovered a disparity between the man and the myth that was not always so simple." He recounts that despite his gentlemanly image, Jones could hold a fearsome grudge, as he did against fellow pro Chick Evans, whose every attempt at reconciliation was rebuffed. As for 1930, Rapoport brings much of the detail of the Grand Slam quest back to life. Forgotten, until now, are the numerous near-disasters and the internal turmoil that make Jones' ultimate triumph all the more admirable. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

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"If you want to learn a thing, or three about Jones and the defining times in which he lived, you should read this book."
--Brian Hewitt, TheGolfChannel.com

"The story of Bobby Jones' singular life is one of the most fascinating in sports history. Ron Rapoport's thoughtful, graceful is well suited to telling that story."
-- Bob Costas, Broadcaster, NBC Sports and HBO Sports

"Beyond the grainy newsreels and the confetti falling on Broadway and Peachtree Street, there was an essential Bobby Jones and Ron Rapoport reveals him splendidly in a portrait as graceful as the man. There’s more here than Grand Slam 1930―the jangling nerves and self-doubt, the towering modesty in response to fame, the complexity of an Atlanta patrician, a life richly lived."
-- Gary M. Pomerantz, author, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn

"The skills of writing and reporting that fans of Ron Rapoport, like me, have come to expect from him over the years―candor, thoughtfulness, insight, perspective, humor ―are once again demonstrated and illuminated in The Immortal Bobby. It is an important book about an important sports figure that, typically for Rapoport, goes beyond the confines of sports and fits firmly in the context of our culture."
-- Ira Berkow, sports columnist and author of Red: A Biography of Red Smith.

"Just when you think there is nothing new to be said or written on the subject of Bob Jones, Ron Rapoport comes along and proves that theory completely untrue. The Immortal Bobby is wonderfully reported and superbly written."
--John Feinstein

I haven't read a better golf book since Tiger Woods was a cub.
--Mike Downey, Chicago Tribune


More About the Author

Ron Rapoport was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 20 years. He was also a columnist and sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and the Associated Press, and was sports commentator on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Saturday." He has written, edited and collaborated on a number of books about sports and show business. His latest book is From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing from the Tribune, Sun-Times & Other Newspapers. For more information, see rapoports.net/ron

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I recommend this to any true lover of golf.
Brett Wheatley
Also, the behind the scenes story of the Bobby Jones/Clifford Roberts relationship uncovers events known to only a few at the time.
Bill Lampton, Ph.D.
Well written with a different and interesting look at the life of Jones on and off the course.
Michael Thorness

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having heard about Bobby Jones since I started playing golf at age thirteen, and having attended many Masters tournaments, I was drawn quite naturally to this book.

Rapoport serves as a keen biographer. While he praises Jones as the most gifted golfer of his era, he doesn't avoid including passages that show Bobby's warts. The book details Bobby's early temper tantrums, his longstanding feud with another leading amateur golfer, and how he missed opportunities to use his fame and good name to pave the way for racial transition in golf and in the Atlanta area.

Even so, Jones comes across very positively in the way he handled his crippling illness that drove him from the game so early. In my judgment, his most heroic deeds happened when he clutched a wheelchair instead of a golf club.

From the sporting angle, golfers will welcome the shot-by-shot replay of Bobby's most heralded victories. Also, the behind the scenes story of the Bobby Jones/Clifford Roberts relationship uncovers events known to only a few at the time.

If you've never encountered Bobby Jones in print, this is a great place to start.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thorness on December 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read a few books on Bobby Jones including his book Down the Fairway and this is definitely one of the better books about Jones. Well written with a different and interesting look at the life of Jones on and off the course. If you are an admirer of Bobby Jones this book is a must read and will make you admire and respect Jones more than ever before.
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By Lyle J. Dostal on January 3, 2014
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Client was impressed. Sent us a thank you on how well written it is. It was the perfect gift for our friend.
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By Heather Lana on December 18, 2013
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Wonderful book good research and history. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject. Buy this book!
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By Greg Shumate on November 1, 2013
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I wanted to hear about how BJ learned to swing. Now it is easy to find people to teach you but in the early days??? However, the book barely covers that topic. It is about his incredible tournament run and the author does give you a sense of how it must have felt. A good read for a golf fan.
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Nolt light reading and the story line gets obscurred by facts, statistics and miscellaneous quotes. I liked the book but could only read a short time before I got confused as to what year it was, which tournament we were talking about and who was who. Overall, it was a subject I was interested in, but it was not light reading.
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