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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, entertaining look at golf's greatest tournament
I don't think there's a better golf writer, or for that matter sports writer, in today's book world than Mr. Sampson. He can turn a phrase as well as John Updike, and he's the kind of writer who could write about paint drying and make it fascinating. His profiles of the men involved in making the Masters what it is today--weirdo Cliff Roberts, tragic golf great Bobby...
Published on 17 Jun 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Backswing, but no Follow Through
The author starts well but doesn't finish as he jumps from the course, to the town to the townspeople, but with no real insights into the main subject: the golf course and the tournament itself. His one-sided portrayal of Cliff Roberts doesn't help the reader truly understand why Roberts spent much of his life devoted to Augusta National. The last chapter was out of...
Published on 10 July 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, entertaining look at golf's greatest tournament, 17 Jun 1998
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This review is from: The Masters (Hardcover)
I don't think there's a better golf writer, or for that matter sports writer, in today's book world than Mr. Sampson. He can turn a phrase as well as John Updike, and he's the kind of writer who could write about paint drying and make it fascinating. His profiles of the men involved in making the Masters what it is today--weirdo Cliff Roberts, tragic golf great Bobby Jones, and even Dwight Eisenhower--are great. There's a good balance of behind-the-scenes power broking and great golf throughout the years. But what makes this book even better, what raises it to a higher level, is its examination of the relationship of the town of Augusta to the elitist Augusta National Club. It's fascinating to read about what the townspeople think of the club, and how some of them--like singer James Brown, and boxer Beau Jack--have interacted and been affected by the racist Club. There's a tremendous amount of texture in Sampson's descriptions, enough to justify the comparisons to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Sampson also, by the way, wrote another classic golf book entitled The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year. It's out of print but one of the most enjoyable golf books I've ever read.
Someone should also reprint Sampson's insightful book on pro basketball, Full Court Pressure (a lousy title for the best book on the NBA since The Breaks of the Game). It came and went a few years ago and deserves to be more widely read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - fascinating!, 29 Jun 1998
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This review is from: The Masters (Hardcover)
I enjoyed this book very much. I have been to a practice round at Augusta National, in 1997. I wish I had read this book before I had the chance to attend. I would have been looking for many of the things described. The book is fascinating in that it brings to light many of the people who made the tradition of Augusta National what it is today. Read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible truth of The Masters in finally published!, 6 Dec 1998
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Having played at Augusta National and attending the tournament for over 25 years, everything Curt Sampson has to say is true. Until now, nobody had the courage to publish the truth, for fear of losing their "privileges". His book is not a revelation of new facts, but is more a history lesson of the elitist group of men who founded the club and the tournament and their relationship with the city of Augusta. The members are still pompous! We forget that what we see now on TV is far from how this event started. Very factual. Well written. Easy reading. A good gift for any golfer who dreams about Augusta National.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Backswing, but no Follow Through, 10 July 1999
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The author starts well but doesn't finish as he jumps from the course, to the town to the townspeople, but with no real insights into the main subject: the golf course and the tournament itself. His one-sided portrayal of Cliff Roberts doesn't help the reader truly understand why Roberts spent much of his life devoted to Augusta National. The last chapter was out of joint with the rest of the text as he struggles to end what he started. Hard to recommend to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know what's behind the azaleas, 19 April 1998
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We all know that a conservative corporate culture tightly controls the Masters. This book delves into the origins of the Masters and the Augusta National. It's best in explaining the development of the Masters mystique in the Eisenhower era. No real surpises but an illuminating examination of the vision of the Augusta club and the Masters tournament. It doesn't hide the many warts of Augusta but remains sympathetic to a vision achieved. Highly readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side just got lighter., 20 July 1998
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This book would make an excellent movie. I wish I had read it prior to my attendance at the 1996 Thursday round. My visit would have been even more inspiring. Curt really did his homework. He should be commended for his patience in digging out the detailed information. He did a great job in writing about key individuals, but steered clear of portraying anyone in a negative manner. His book just strengthens the admiration I have for Augusta National.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at Masters and the town of Augusta., 23 May 1999
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Curt Sampson has done it again with his new book, " The Masters." It is a very thorough look at the tournament, the men involved and the town which hosts the event.It is a great history of golf and of the struggles of a southern town. The author is not judgmental, he just gives you the facts. I would recommend this book not only to golf/Masters fans but also to those who enjoy southern history or reading about the history of a town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any golf fan or a wannabe, 9 Jan 1999
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Read it for the history-but put your name in for the lottery if you want to get into "the hallowed grounds". Proud to say I won last year's lottery and although the hotel accomodations were horrible, I entered again this year and won another set of tickets for another day of practice rounds--for a native Georgian to get onto the grounds is a victory indeed!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great author, golf enthusiasts will enjoy, 15 Jan 1999
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I have been to the tournament and knew a little of the history behind it. Sampsons book was very interesting and will be of interest to anyone following the game. He must have done a lot of research to find some of the people today, years after their Masters experience. I am going to attend the tournament again with a different outlook.
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2.0 out of 5 stars FORE !!!, 1 Jun 1998
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Wait for April and watch it on TV. They history of the club was fine, for the first 50 pages. But it went on for 50 more. the discirption of every guy whoever rode the train from N.Y. was little much. I wanted to see more on the club in teh modern era. No secerts have been revieled. Save your twenty bucks. Joe
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