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One for the Ages: Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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In doing so, he cemented a legacy that will last for as long as the game is played from tee to green.
All the glory, pagentry, challenge and uncertainty of that marvelous victory are contained in these pages. A book about an exceptional moment in golf history.
Tom McCollister of The Atlanta Journal did a good thing when he wrote that Sunday morning that Jack couldn't win...it was all the challenge the ole Bear needed to propel him to one of his greatest, and and one of golf's greatest victories...
And don't you miss Nicklaus and others like him?
Having said all of this, this book suffers from the lack of Nicklaus' participation and shared insight from a 25-years-later perspective.
This book is primarily history. Another recent book, John Boyette's "The 1986 Masters: How Jack Nicklaus Roared Back to Win" has more insight, feeling and emotion from the Nicklaus family, then and now. This book tells the story from a historical perspective. Boyette's book takes us back to the moment and let's us relive it again.
This book is good, but Boyette's book is better.
I didn't like the book at all, and found it lacking in most every way
Despite that, Tom Clavin's "One For the Ages" is a fine golf story that gives you a lot of information about the the 1986 Masters' Tournament and the creation of the Masters from the beginning. Golfers will enjoy reading about the formation of this particular event and the beginning of the professional tour.
Although the subtitle of the book refers to Jack Nicklaus and his win in the 1986 Masters, much of the beginning of the book gives you a nice overview of the early years of the pro golf system and is a good refresher for those recalling some of the staples of the sport: Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and others. He does, however seem to gloss over these people and their personalities. I, for one, always enjoy reading about the stoicisms of Hogan, the skills of Nelson, and the personality of Jones, and would have liked him to expand the book by providing more details about them during the early Masters.
Although he also incorporates more familiar names (Tom Kite, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, etc.) as he moves into the "modern" era, this, too, is somewhat of a glossary with the exception for Palmer; probably because more has been written and said about him than the others.
One of Clavin's early caveats is that little was written about rounds one and two of the 1986 tournament so he has a more limited perspective of those two days. Nevertheless, he has done a commendable job of reporting the early rounds and brings forth the atmosphere and excitment of the latter ones. I particularly liked his attention to minute details during the round that make the golfers human.Read more ›
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Great account of an unbelievable feat - a very nostalgic feeling from reading it ...and I was 12 when it happened and had just started playin golf when it actually took place.Published 17 months ago by GABRIEL L MITCHELL
What can you say. The best, winning or losing. Character.Published 23 months ago by L.H. McDaniel,lll
I enjoyed reading about my favorite golfer, the incomparable Jack Nicklaus. What I did not anticipate was the fascinating background given to the Masters Tournament and its golfing... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by William Barwood
The only downside in Tom Clavin's book on the 1986 Masters is that he doesn't have enough personal insight from Nicklaus. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Kenneth Heard