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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306819295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306819292
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

People magazine staff writer Helling tries to squeeze every last drop of titillation out of Tiger Woods' recent meltdown. Though he poses as one of the golfer's intimates, the author's mention of being "on hand for the... wedding" should cause readers to wonder if he was invited guest or part of the paparazzi. At any rate, he gives a somnolent recount created largely from previously released information: Tiger's early nerdy image was corrected in school when "glasses were replaced by contact lenses and his thick curls cut shorter;" the golfer places "...family first, school second, and golf third;" at the wedding reception, "Tiger had several drinks; Elin had none;" while Tiger had had affairs before his father's death, he "went into overdrive" afterward. Not one for declarative statements, Helling offers observations torn right from the playbook: "Tiger is still one of the best golfers to ever play the game...that will probably not ever be enough to fully restore his public image as perhaps the most beloved athlete in the world." This book may remind readers not to idolize their public figures, but anyone looking for revelations won't find them here.
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Portland Book Review, 9/22/11
“A fascinating read, reminiscent of driving by a car accident; you don’t want to look but you do it anyway…The author did an amazing job keeping the facts just that.”


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Joe
This was a great book and it told all of the facts about his little junt with the opposite sex.
Patricia Reardon
I learned a little about his mother and father, but to me it was irrelevant.
Frederick W. Kunz IV

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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Col des Aravis on May 25, 2010
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By the author's own admission he has had no meaningful interaction with Tiger Woods. As a result, most of what's in this book is a re-hash of newspaper and magazine articles. The reader will find no new insight into Tiger Woods or what makes him tick. There's really nothing here for someone interested in the game of golf. This is just another product of a culture mad about celebrity. The best parts of the book were mini-biographies of Tiger's parents who are in many ways more interesting than he is (off the course, that is). The book reads like a People magazine article which was explained when I got to the end of the book and found out that the author is a writer for the same magazine. If you like People magazine or other publications of that variety, then this may be your cup of tea. If you are looking for something substantive about Tiger, the spirit of an elite athlete or the game of golf you will be disappointed by this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frederick W. Kunz IV on June 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been golfing about 25 years now and have regularly been a fan of the PGA Tour.
Consequently, there is nothing about Tiger Woods in this book that I already didn't know. I learned a little about his mother and father, but to me it was irrelevant.
If you are not a golfer, this book may give you a little insight into Tiger's past. Anything you may want to know since last Thanksgiving, you can get more than enough from news reports on the internet, People mag, US mag, etc.
Also, way too much ink is wasted on the transcript of Tiger's public apology.
I plan on buying Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season by Robert Lusetich and hope I will get more insight as to what made/makes Tiger tick. The reviews look promising.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kelli M. Tomko on May 16, 2010
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Though I do not follow golf, it was hard not pay attention to Tiger. Naturally, I was left shaking my head with everyone else, wondering what drove someone so disciplined to make such a mess of his life. Steve Helling's book answers some of those questions, though it would be impossible to answer all of them. It is not a book of sensationalism or speculation, but well-written journalism that give us an inside look at both the life and the downfall of a paragon who never asked to be placed on the pedestal on which the world displayed him.

This book follows the clues that tell us some of what makes Tiger Woods who he is, starting with the breadcrumbs that were dropped long before his birth. While a bemused public looked on as a toddler putted against Bob Hope, not one of them could have predicted that that same child would grow to be not only the world's greatest golfer, but also a hero and role model with such a carefully constructed persona that even his handlers would forget that a real person lay behind the smoke and mirrors. Tiger Woods was not a god, but an unforgiving public would punish him for not acting like one.

While he is responsible for his mistakes, one can't help but wonder who Tiger would have been had he been allowed to be Tiger Woods rather than a meticulously crafted ideal.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Hansen on July 8, 2010
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"Hi, my name is Tiger Woods. I was a great golfer, I won a Masters or two, and everybody loved me and thought I was the coolest, and then I cheated with some chicks and my wife found out, we got divorced and I became the butt of everybody's joke, from Saturday Night Live to various talk shows to the radio and much, much more. Then, I tried to make a comeback and I was a shadow of the golfer I once was. Now, some dude who knew how to make good money off of this sad tale wrote a book about it. THE END"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By scooby on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
yes,it seems to be all about others but without looking at the reality.

It seems that everybody still wants to sensor reality.

The little boy tiger doesn't seem to stand for much in Adult terms regarding character.

But again, the author paints such a blissful picture.

Whatever happened to Honor, love, loyalty, longevity?????

Is it still all about money.

Who cares? Who really cares? I guess you'll have to read the book for yourself.

Does love matter anymore? What about truth telling?
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Patterson on May 5, 2010
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This book is written in an objective, historical, yet honest view of the life of a very public, yet private individual. Helling does a great job of describing how Tiger got to be what he has become, from early influence of his father, his background, his love for the game of golf, yet pulls no punches in describing the the way he handled (or mishandled) the subsequent fame and fortune.

Great book, Steve. I enjoyed reading it, even though at times, it made me squirm in my seat. It's a good human interest reminder that no man is immune to anything, and without daily dedication to doing what is right not just in public, but also in private life. No man is an island...
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Will Kostelnik on May 7, 2010
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Biographies are not my usual fare and I was somewhat reluctant to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised by both the quality of the writing and the caliber of the material presented. I enjoyed the writing style as it kept me interested all the way through the narrative. I am grateful to the friend that recommended I read it.
The author does a good job of detailing the background that helped form the man we know as Tiger. I could not help but find myself pulling for Tiger as he strove for the next achievement on the horizon. In the end, I felt sorry for him while still realizing that he brought it all upon himself.
Parents or families, wealth or poverty, successes or failures; these are not responsible for our decisions - we are.
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