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The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year by [Sampson, Curt]
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" Moving, vivid, and funny . . . never a dull moment . . . The Eternal Summer is the most enjoyable book on any subject I've read in a long time." --Jack Purcell, Jr., publisher, Southern Links
" This book should be in every golfer's library." --Ben Wright, CBS-TV

"Moving, vivid, and funny . . . never a dull moment . . . The Eternal Summer is the most enjoyable book on any subject I've read in a long time." --Jack Purcell, Jr., publisher, Southern Links
"This book should be in every golfer's library."--Ben Wright, CBS-TV

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Was there ever a year in golf like 1960?
It was the year that the sport and its vivid personalities exploded on the consciousness of the nation, when the past, present, and future of the sport collided. Here was Arnold Palmer, the workingman's hero, "sweating, chain-smoking, shirt-tail flying"; Ben Hogan, the greatest player of the fifties, a perfectionist battling twin demons of age and nerves; and, making his big-time debut, a crew-cut college kid who seemed to have the makings of a champion: twenty-year-old Jack Nicklaus.
And of course, the rest: Ken Venturi, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Doug Sanders, Gary Player, and the many other colorful characters who chased around a little white ball--and a dream.
Would Palmer win the mythical Grand Slam of golf? Could Hogan win one more major tournament? Was Nicklaus the real thing? Even more than an intimate portrait of these men and their exciting times, The Eternal Summer is also an entertaining, perceptive, and hypnotically readable exploration of professional golf in America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (22 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002IPZJVK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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For those who are interested in the real "glory" era of golf this provides an entertaining and insightful story. This guy wrote a book on Hogan too so he offers a good insight into what was going in his (Hogan's) mind.
A relatively short read given that it encompasses one summer but overall quite enjoyable and reflective.
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"...
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee."

Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare

Curt Simpson did his very best to make this summer eternal with a highly entertaining, comprehensively researched and well written biography of 1960, the golfing years when the greats emerged and overlapped and, some say, modern golf began; some say modern golf emerged in 1913 with the US Open and Vardon, Hagen and Ouimet but the discussion is fascinating and in this book Simpson has certainly added to the conversation. There is a wonderful portrayal of Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus as well as many other golfing greats.

Recommended.
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An interesting read, with great detail regarding the majors of 1960·
Very good profiles of all the players of the era.
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Great read a good story about a good mix of characters
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Enjoyable trip down memory lane.
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