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The Making of the Masters: Clifford Roberts, Augusta National, and Golf's Most Prestigious Tournament Paperback – Bargain Price, March 25, 2003
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Both books look at the same event. Owens focuses only on the beauty spots, while Sampson goes out of his way to find the warts. Owens keeps his story within the walls of the country club, while Sampson traces the development of the golf course and the town and how each impacts the other.
I can't help but feel that Owens book was written as a rebuttal to Sampson's book...and even there it seems to be a surgical strike method rather than a massive refutation type of rebuttal. Example: Sampson quotes specific sums of money in regard to Roberts worth, but is seemingly talking about the sums after factoring inflation...Owens takes these same numbers, uses what appears to be the original number without considering inflation, and then says Sampsons numbers are wrong. Example: Frank Stranahan finishes #2 in the Masters, then is banned the next year for taking multiple practice shots from the same spot (despite warnings). Owens focuses on the action, and says Cliff Roberts action in punishing Stranahan was appropriate. Sampson takes the issue and focuses on the fact that other people did the same thing, but were never punished. Example: Owens examines Roberts marvelous relations with Jones, Eisenhower, and the like, and asks how could a person that had the trust of such great men be the curmudgeon that Sampson and others have made him out to be? Sampson notes how Roberts treated people over whom he had power very poorly but worked hard to get into the good graces of people who could advance his goals.Read more ›
Contrary to a number of reviewers here, I didn't find this book overly worshipful of the club in general or Clifford Roberts in particular. Many writers, Curt Sampson especially, have tended to see Roberts as a one-dimensional misanthrope, mean for the sake of meanness, a kind of silent movie villain twirling the ends of his mustaches. That may make for more lurid copy, but it always struck me as taking the easy way out. In Owen's book, Roberts doesn't come across as a saint; just a real-life human being with with both admirable qualities and unfortunate qualities, good days and bad days, but always a determination to make the club and the Masters something special and unique.
If I have any criticism, it is that the gray and grainy photo sections don't begin to do justice to the course. If you want great images, go elsewhere. If you are looking for great writing and keen insight into all the characters involved in the history of the Masters, this is the book.
The problem with the book is that Owen seems to have written the book to support the following hypotheses: (1) members at Augusta National have not been nor are the racists (in the context of their times) that they have been portrayed as in the mass media, (2) Cliff Roberts was the most misunderstood man in modern history, (3) Without Roberts, TV golf coverage would have been set back 30 years.
The book's one redeeming quality is the way that Owen methodically refutes what have become generally accepted facts over time (for example, that Jack Whitaker was banned from Augusta for 15 years for describing the fans (whoops, patrons) of the Masters as a mob. After reading this, I'm convinced that it didn't happen that way). But Owen adds little new material that you could not find in the Samson or Eubanks books. Owen often goes out of his way to contradict much of what is in Samson's book, and while he claims he is not trying to "pick on Samson," it sure sounds that way to me.
What Owen ends up with is a PR piece for Augusta, which is too bad, because the book is well-written and well paced.
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A great look into the history of the fabled course and insights into Clifford Roberts, a side seldom seen.Published 1 month ago by Gary E. Shearer
Great Book. Amazing that they begged people to join for 25 years with no luck.Published 12 months ago by Big Gun
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 16 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 17 months ago by Tail End Boomer
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
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
Every April at a small club in a small Georgia town, a golf tournament called The Masters captivates the hearts and attention of fans all over the world. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by F. Tyler B. Brown