From the Author
The thinking person's golf book.
Review from Minnesota Monthy: This is the thinking person's golf book, the companion volume for every golfer/philosopher. Three-time Minnesota Book Award nominee Joseph Amato, a historian, philosopher, and Southwest State University professor, turns his attentions in this volume to the game of golf. "This injunction 'Know theyself,'" Amato remarks in his preface. "include[s] the commands, 'Name and examine thy pleasures.'" The resulting examination- part philosophical exploration, part autobiographical -- is a delightful read, whether your're a golfer or not. Disparaged alternately as a sport for sissies or an idle pasttime of the rich, the game of golf is actually, Amato convinces us, unmatched for its demands on concentration and patience. For Amato, the sport represents and unknowable, intricate set of variables; as a golfer and a writer, he engages with the idea of golf more than he actually plays the game. The point is not to win, but to experience the "glorious flights" of the ball which make a golfer/philosopher like Amato, as well as his fortunate readers, "feel in contact with a higher order."