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The Upset: Jack Fleck's Incredible Victory Over Ben Hogan at the U.S. Open Hardcover – Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613740751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613740750
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By CB on 2 July 2013
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Nice book to read with detailed backgrounds for both Ben Hogan and Jack Fleck up and during the US Open 1955. Including the "story after" with interesting remarks including some psychological theories on the persons game of golf. Two different persons matching up to each other with a completely unexpected result.
Nice format of the book too.
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David and Goliath 7 July 2012
By J. R. Ryan - Published on
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Al Barkow has brought the reader back to the day when Hogan had established himself in Golfdom's Pantheon and was the presumptive winner of the US Open at Olympic that year. He introduces us to the relative unknown, Jack Fleck who was laboring at the bottom of the Tour ranks and not earning enough to take care of his family without their sacrifice. Having set the table, Barkow takes us through that Open week step by step and we are there with the crowds at Olympic long ago to see the impossible happen..HOgan loses, Fleck wins and has his moment in the sun and Olympic GC becomes the true victor over all.
An enjoyable read for all of us who live the game and its history.
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Great read... 6 Dec. 2012
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This guy can write. If you like Sampson then this book is a very informed read and thoroughly enjoyable. Knows his stuff.
Great story, well told! 25 Jan. 2013
By W. Kavanaugh - Published on
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This is an excellent book that superbly contrasts the personalities of the two men and their differing approaches to the game of golf and life. The book doesn't play favorites but the Open was Jack Fleck's moment. Hogan fans can take heart that Hogan didn't falter, he just didn't win.

I am a long-time Hogan fan, but he has always appeared to me as a complex man and the book further illustrates this complexity. He had a full swing secret, yet practiced as if he was still trying to find another, while neglecting to improve his putting game. You would think that given his dedication that he would have found some very reliable putting techniques the same way that Nicklaus, Casper, Low and others have at some point in their career, by spending many hours on the putting green honing their putting skills.

I also like Jack Fleck, how can anyone not, he did not bend under pressure and won the US Open. He also had what could be called a secret in his day (his diet, yoga exercises and laid back demeanor) but failed to recognize it's value.

The book was very exciting and hard to put down. I also enjoyed the additional color about the golfers and personalities of that era. Lots of other positives to be enjoyed when you read it.

Great read!
Read this book!!! 26 April 2014
By bingo little - Published on
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Do yourself a favor and read this book. I gave it 6 stars. I wish I could give it more. First off, Barkow is one heck of a writer. This might be his best book yet. The book was published by little Chicago Free Press and did not really get the publicity it should have. It tells the story of the 1955 US Open where Fleck beat Hogan. Fleck beat Hogan, he did not luck into the championship. There where only 7 rounds under 70 all week, and Fleck had 3 in addition for tying for the low round with a 67. Barkow tells how the host club tried to trick up the course. How Joe Dye had an effect on the outcome. It included interesting tibits on the start of the Hogan golf club venture. This book is chock full of interesting info. For example Fleck used a 44.5 inch steel shafted persimmon MacGregor driver. For those of use who are old enough to use a persimmon driver, a 44.5 inch steel shafted driver must have weighed a ton and Fleck must have been a very strong person with a decent swing to be able to hit this club.

I thought the book treated both players fairly. At the end I felt sorry for Fleck. He never got the credit for the victory, and had personal tragedies, many of which he brought upon himself.
Thank you Mr. Barkow! 5 Aug. 2014
By Vernon St Whiz - Published on
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A great book for those interested in golf history. Very detailed, very well written. Excellent insights into the players of the time. And it came out just before the last US Open at Olympic. Coincidence? I don't think so. Fleck was a character, abstained from red meat, flour, alcohol, and cigarettes, and had to orient his bed so that his head was pointing to the North.(I believe) Or maybe the North Star.
I enjoyed this book.
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