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Tiger: The Real Story Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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“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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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.
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.
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.
Steve Helling, the author, advertised this as the "real story." However, powerful little in the way of details that would answer any of these questions is revealed in this book. So at the very least, the subtitle "the real story" is a bit misleading if not entirely inappropriate. In point of fact, it strikes this reader that the book is little more than an overnight internet compilation. And although it is competently written, it is not an especially elegant rehash of what we already know about Tiger's life.
Most of what is offered here is basic background biography on Tiger, his family and friends. And while there are a few direct quotes, clearly it has been gleaned mostly from other secondary sources. That, in and of itself, would not have been all bad had the author offered up something new, such as minimal analysis about the reasons for Tiger's self-destructive behavior. Yet, here, the only thing that comes close to analysis is offered in a single paragraph in the epilogue where the author concludes that "Tiger's brand" had built up an impenetrable wall around him. And as a result, the only people he allowed to penetrate that fortress were the "loose women" who brought him down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tiger was a special athlete. Wanted an insight to his rearing. Enjoyed the book.Published 9 months ago by Bob H.
I have now read over five books about Tiger. Love him or hate him, he is/was the greatest Golf talent during his prime. Read morePublished 21 months ago by nomdeplume
Probably written by tigers handlers to TRY to rebuild his image. Not worth buying or reading in my opinion. Poor poor Tiger Woods! Ridiculous!Published 23 months ago by Judy
This is a good book about Tiger but not what I was really looking for.
His journey is awe inspiring and makes for a good read although I wanted to know more about his... Read more
This book shows more evidence that you can be great at something, and still be a crummy human being. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by dennis
He loves it as we are both "huge" Tiger fans and I plan to read it after he's finished. Love this guyPublished on March 15, 2013 by Janki