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Tiger Woods Paperback – April 2, 2019
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—Leigh Montville, The Wall Street Journal
“There is beauty and awe in this perfectly pitched biography . . . It has torque and velocity . . . It’s a confident and substantial book that’s nearly as sleek as a Christopher Nolan movie. It makes a sweet sound, like a well-struck golf ball. I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving in almost equal measure. It’s a big American story. . . . The authors bring grainy new detail to almost every aspect of Woods’s life.”
—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Comprehensive, propulsive, packed with incident . . . and unsparing.”
—Ian Crouch, The New Yorker
“An ambitious 360-degree portrait of golf’s most scrutinized figure . . . The book features fresh reporting on almost every significant element of Woods’ story. . . . It is a book brimming with revealing details.”
—Sam Weinman, Golf Digest
“I have been trying to write about Tiger since he was a teenager. I thought he was unknowable. This book proves me wrong. Here, finally, is Tiger Woods.”
—Michael Bamberger, senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of Men in Green
“Chilling . . . Exhaustively researched . . . The authors present Woods as a man ‘both blessed and cursed’ by his otherworldly ability to separate his off-the-course problems from his performance on it. Tiger Woods is a fascinating analysis of the former, but for golf fans—and probably for Woods himself—his worth will still be judged by the latter. . . . What Benedict and Keteyian do better than in any biography I’ve read about Woods is detail the human costs of this machine-like focus.”
—John Paul Newport, Bloomberg Businessweek
“When you read Tiger Woods, you realize these are not just high-level reporting gotchas. This is Tiger’s life laid bare.”
—Bryan Curtis, The Ringer
“Painstaking . . . An exhaustive dive into understanding who Tiger really is . . . Benedict and Keteyian provide extensive details.”
“A searing biography of golf’s most blazing talent.”
“Juicy . . . A far-reaching portrait of Tiger on and off the golf course . . . Plenty of new revelations, and incredible additional detail and insight into Tiger’s professional and personal life.”
“Meticulously reported, scrupulously fair, endlessly interesting, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s Tiger Woods reveals the human being long-hidden behind the golf genius. The story of Tiger’s passage from driven prodigy, to lonely hero, to disgraced celebrity is compelling, and often poignant, from first page to last.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress and The Nine
“If King Lear had been about golf, or if the great Russian novelists had turned their lens toward modern expectations and fame, toward the most American of fathers and sons, the result would be this book. The rise and fall and return of Tiger Woods in these pages is both mythic and poignantly small and human.”
—Wright Thompson, senior writer, ESPN The Magazine
About the Author
Armen Keteyian is a CBS News correspondent based in New York and a longtime contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes. An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, he is widely regarded as one of the finest investigative journalists in the country. A former writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated, he is also the author or coauthor of ten previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Raw Recruits and The System. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives with his wife, Dede, in Fairfield, Connecticut, and San Clemente, California.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 2, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150112644X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501126444
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programmed from the cot to play golf and living live with no other purpose he did exactly that which his father expected of him. His father is exposed for all his depraved, bigoted, abusive and self indulgent traits. Tiger is unrelentingly proud of him but allows him to be buried in an unmarked grave. The reader is left question just "...Why..."? Little is said about Kultida but the most telling quote was that she told Tiger never to damage her name. Imagine her sitting, face drawn in the front row, while he was forced to face the press at The PGA Tour HQ after being caught cheating by Elin.
There is plenty for the golfer. His change to the Nike Tour ball which flew straighter, after which he won the US Open by 15 shots at Pebble Beach...and ushered in the age of the modern ball. Tiger followed up with hitherto unheard of margins. Just how much are today's scores dependent on this technology?
I only came to realize on the last three pages that he is still under probation for his drug cocktail arrest on Military Trail in May, 2017. As someone with three, and one very similar, back operations to those which Tiger underwent, I understand just how badly a man can crave Vicodin. Yet here we are, only eleven months later and Trackman tells us that Tiger has a 129 MPH clubhead speed. The book tells us just what an athletic phenomenon is Tiger, and even if not winning Majors again...I say 'Yet"...playing 4 rounds in 4 days, practising hard and competing is hard to believe.
Plenty of drama; plenty of tragedy; little humor. But now we see TIger on television, charming to reporters, a warm humility in the man who rejected summarily nearly everyone who tried to hold him close. Perhaps burying the ghost of his controlling father and being left with only his mother will allow Kutilda to look upon her son with the pride denied her years ago.
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Obviously the author's lawyers will have triple checked every word and every claim is referenced. So you know the contents are credible.
Totally riveting. I even found myself feeling sorry for him and questioning how his parents brought him up. Vicariously living their dreams through a child. Where have we heard that before? The cost? He's clearly missed out on too much in his early years. A wasted childhood he'll never get back; and a similar impact on his own family.
Don't like golf, but do like human interest? Then read this book, it written more for you than anyone sitting in a golf club bar cheering Woods' latest wonder shot on TV.
Would love to see this book updated to beyond the 2019 Masters, as I felt it finished on something of a ‘down’ note, pretty much concluding that Woods would never win big again, but he’s still confounding the critics!