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The War by the Shore: The Incomparable Drama of the 1991 Ryder Cup Hardcover – September 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for War by the Shore
"A superb and insightful portrait of the most elusive and complex champion in golf history . . . worth every damn cent you're asked to pay for it."
—Guy Yocum, Golf Digest

"Curt Sampson has written another great book about golf. The War by the Shore tells the story of the 1991 Ryder Cup in all its glory. A fantastic story and a riveting read."
—Donald Trump

Praise for The Masters
"[Curt Sampson's] fine new book, The Masters, is the only way we mortals are ever going to gain entrée to the hallowed Augusta National Golf Club."
Dallas Morning News

 
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Curt Sampson is a former golf touring professional and bestselling author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Masters and Hogan. He has written for Golf Digest, Golf magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Golf World, and has appeared frequently on golf history documentaries on CBS, HBO, ESPN, and the Golf Channel. He lives in Bristol, Texas.


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Curt Sampson, golf professional turned golf writer, came to golf the old-fashioned way--as a caddie. He looped for his father for a few years on summer Saturday's, then turned pro, in a manner of speaking, at age 12, as one of the scores of disheveled boys and men in the caddie pen at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio. His golf game developed from sneaking on LFCC at twilight, an occasionally nerve-wracking exercise because the greens keeper intimated a readiness to call the cops on trespassers. Sampson--never caught--progressed as a player and as an employee, scoring a job as starter/cart maintenance boy at age 16 at Boston Hills CC, a public course, also in Hudson. His high water mark as a young golfer was a win in the Mid- American Junior in 1970. Sampson attended Kent State University on a golf scholarship and managed a municipal course for two years following graduation, worked a couple more as an assistant pro at clubs in South Carolina and Tennessee, then bummed around as a touring pro in Canada, New Zealand, and Florida.

In November 1988, Sampson began to write full-time, mostly about the game of his father, golf. Texas Golf Legends, his first book, was collaboration with Santa Fe-based artist Paul Milosevich. Researching TGL gained Sampson introductions with people he has written about many times since: Hogan, Nelson, Crenshaw, Trevino, and a few dozen others. His next book-The Eternal Summer, a recreation of golf's summer of 1960, when Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus battled-is still selling 15 years after its debut, a rarity in the publishing world. Sampson's biography of the enigmatic William Ben Hogan struck a chord. Both Hogan and his next book, The Masters, appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Subsequent books and scores of magazine articles cemented Sampson's reputation as readable and sometimes controversial writer with an eye for humor and the telling detail.

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Somehow I expected a bit more from this book.
mike in baltimore
This is well researched content and a compelling read, giving insights into the personalities of the protagonists.
Steve Strobeck
This is a quick, easy read for anyone who's even a casual golf fan.
Tim Udinski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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I'm sorry I don't know who the author is, but I search out his books now.

I find them very well written, researched, and just impossible to put down.

If you enjoy stories about golf, then buy this one and all his others too.

Cheers, Simon
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By James Humphrey on January 19, 2014
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A good read for any avid golfer of any age. Especially interesting for the golfer that has / does follow the Ryder Cup matches.
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Format: Hardcover
A dissapointing book which I battled to finish. Too many anecdotes in between the golf. Laborious and at times thoroughly boring.
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This is a quick, easy read for anyone who's even a casual golf fan. Curt Sampson paints a great picture of the 1991 Ryder Cup and what it meant to the history of the rivalry.
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By dennis on October 12, 2013
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Not the best book in terms of getting you interested as it's so much about shots and no one cares to READ about golf shots. We really are interested in the personalities and events that got the players their and not what frigging iron someone used to make a 176 yard shot.
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By David Donelson on July 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The Ryder Cup packs more excitement into the game than any event in golf. Curt Sampson captured all that excitement and then some in The War By The Shore: the Incomparable Drama of the 1991 Ryder Cup. His immensely readable account captures all the intrigue leading up to the event, all the out-sized personalities who played in it, and especially the sheer brutality of the ultimate Ryder Cup venue, Pete Dye's Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

The intensity of Raymond Floyd, the almost physical clashes between Paul Azinger and Seve Balesteros, the crushing collapse by Mark Calcaveccia, the often-overlooked performance of David Feherty, the ever-so-tightly-wound play of Bernhard Langer that lead to the climactic last putt--Sampson brings it all home to the reader in a delightfully entertaining, informed account. He talked to nearly everyone involved in the event and, although the passage of time may have obscured a few details and more than a few axes are still being ground, he did an exemplary job of telling us what was happening in their heads as well as on the course.

The stories are well known, but Sampson makes them come alive with refreshingly cliche-free prose. As a golf writer myself, I particularly appreciate his ability to set the scene, describe the characters, and carry the reader through the action with original verbiage you'll never (unfortunately) see on the sports pages.

The 1991 Ryder Cup is often cited as a turning point in the long history of the event. Sampson takes some issue with that conclusion and I agree with him. There is no question, though, that the War By The Shore woke up America to the powerful spectacle that team golf can be.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book. History of this great match is described very well. Definitely recommend this book for people who consider the Ryder Cup the most nerve wracking golf tournament in the world.
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