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When War Played Through: Golf During World War II Hardcover – October 20, 2005

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On January 18, 1942, Abercrombie & Fitch sold 24,000 golf balls, as golfers reacted in panic to the post-Pearl Harbor news that rubber sales would be strictly rationed. That one fact captures the odd fascination of this look at the effect of the war on the game of golf. Surprisingly, as veteran golf writer Strege points out, golf may have fared better near the field of battle than it did in the U.S. From General Eisenhower to POWs in German stalags, soldiers took every opportunity to hit balls with clubs. While the battlefields of Europe and the South Pacific sprouted makeshift links, complete with bomb craters serving as bunkers, golf courses back home became training grounds, hospitals, or, in the case of Augusta National, a turkey farm. Strege follows the fates of average golfers as well as professionals in this revealing account, showing that the war, in fact, helped usher in the golf boom of the 1950s and did much to change the notion of the game as an elitist sport. A deceptively rich albeit narrow slice of golf history. Bill Ott
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"Strege’s fascinating history of golf during World War II and the ends that duffers went to on all fronts to keep swinging makes for a chronicle worth surrendering to."
—Sports Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592401546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592401543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great book! Combination of great golf stories and an excellent history refresher. Highly recommend this book! Couldn't put it down!
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A fascinating and well-written story about the golf industry and how it managed through WWII. Easy reading and highly recommended.
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A great little book for light reading that will appeal most to the golfer but will also have appeal to the non golfer.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent read. I especially appreciated the perspective on the records of Snead, Nelson and Hogan in the war years and immediate post year period.
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