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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 0.7 x 9 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: #1,648,103 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.”

Customer Reviews

I found it to be very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone!!
Jane Brown
So at the very least, the subtitle "the real story" is a bit misleading if not entirely inappropriate.
Herbert L Calhoun
I don't follow Tiger Woods and didn't hear his public apology on television.
J. Kennel

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61 of 70 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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12 of 13 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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19 of 24 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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16 of 21 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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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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One would assume that the real "real story" should include, as a minimum, the inside details of what happened to cause Tiger to end up outside his home in near freezing weather in his boxer shorts? And why he was so soundly asleep after plowing into a tree? What triggered this sequence of events? Did he and his wife have a fight? Was he on drugs? Was he attempting to commit suicide? Why would a billionaire world-class athlete at the top of his game, married to a beautiful Swedish model, with two lovely kids, risk it all, including his family's health, for a little outside "trim?"

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.
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