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Analyzing the legend and lore of golf's most celebrated tournament has become something of a cottage industry of late, but Owen, who displayed his personal golfing affections, frustrations, and obsessions so marvelously in My Usual Game, now goes where his competition hasn't gained access: to the source--via access to Augusta National's archives, records, and membership. The result is a sympathetic, yet still critical and complex portrait of the club and its founder, Clifford Roberts, to whom golf history has not been particularly kind. Indeed, for better--and for worse--Roberts and Augusta remain linked throughout what is essentially a volume that weaves biography with social history played against a sporting canvas. Naturally, finance, ego, Bobby Jones, television, and President Eisenhower figure into the tale, but Eisenhower's not the only leader of the free world to use the club's exclusivity to his benefit; Owen uncovers the delicious bit that Ronald Reagan and George Schultz helped finalize the invasion of Grenada there.
Of course, there is also some great golf. Augusta National would be just another golf club with a fancy pedigree and history of exclusion were it not for the remarkable tournament that it hosts every year. Owen, a graceful writer, tees up plenty of detail and anecdote in a hole-by-hole tour of the track, lined with perspective. Owen explains,
If the Masters seems older than it is, that's largely because the tournament, alone among the majors, is conducted year after year on the same course. Every important shot is played against a backdrop that consists of every other important shot, all the way back to 1934. Every key drive, approach, chip, and putt is footnoted and cross-referenced across decades of championship play. Every swing--good or bad--has a context.The context that Owen provides makes The Making of the Masters as indispensable as a hot putter. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Revered today as the most prestigious and tradition-rich tournament in American golf, the Masters, like the Augusta National Golf Club at which it is played, sprang from humble beginnings. As every ardent golf fan knows, Augusta National was the brainchild of legendary golfer Bobby Jones Jr., who teamed with stockbroker Cliff Roberts to build what is considered to be the cathedral of American golf courses on the site of a former flower nursery in Georgia. What is less well known is that financial problems nearly prevented the course from ever being built, and that Roberts conceived of the Masters as a way to promote the club, which was having trouble attracting members during the Depression. In describing the growth of the tournament, New Yorker staff writer Owen (My Usual Game) centers his story on Roberts, the hard-driving "benevolent dictator" who served as chairman of both the Masters and Augusta National from their inception until he committed suicide in 1971 at age 77. Owen portrays the often controversial Roberts in the most favorable light possible. In particular, he defends the Masters' (and by extension Roberts's) record of not having the first black golfer participate in the tournament until Lee Elder broke the barrier in 1975. Indeed, Owen treats everything connected with Roberts and the Masters in reverential terms, dismissing critics as ill informed. Despite this shortcoming, Owen has unearthed enough details and colorful anecdotes about the tournament and its playersAboth on the course and behind the scenesAto make this nearly irresistible reading for devoted golfers and weekend duffers. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great Book. Amazing that they begged people to join for 25 years with no luck.Published 2 months ago by Big Gun
If you want to get a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Augusta National and the Masters, this is the book to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Old Dog
Good soft cover edition which compliments the hard cover edition I have. If you want to see recent design changes in color of Augusta National Golf Course, get the hard cover... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Art Hantel
A bio of Roberts with the Masters background thrown in as heavily footnoted sidebar excerpts. Too much wheeling and dealing about the life and times of the connected Wall St. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 50 Somethin' Pop Art Pundit
If you love the Masters and the history, you will love this book. A must for the avid golfer to read.Published on May 12, 2013 by David S.
Just what I wanted! Awesome price. A lot of insider info in this book. Like reading an interview of Jones himself!Published on May 11, 2013 by P. Matthews
Owen's book has the detail and the behind-the-scenes data that makes the Masters more meaningful to me and let's me enjoy the tournament and the events connected to it at a better... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by jc508
If you like golf and love the Masters you MUST read this book. It is an amazing account of history on the creation and history of Masters....GREAT READ!Published on April 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer