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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New Ed edition (2 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099270978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099270973
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Palmer is unquestionably one of the great figures in sport--a world-famous golfer who has won 61 tournaments on the PGA Tour and is still going strong on the Senior PGA Tour as he approaches his 70th birthday. But he is much more than just a legend in the golfing world--he is a highly successful business executive, a golf course designer and consultant, a prominent advertising personality, an aviator--the list is almost endless.

However, his success in so many public areas of his life has not affected his family instincts. He is a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a man who still has that down-to-earth touch that made him so popular and he remains one of the most accessible sporting figures in history. (Perhaps some of the UK's sporting "heroes" should take lessons from him!)

For the first time Arnie Palmer, as he is so popularly known, has recorded his life story. From a relatively humble start to life--his father was a greenkeeper at the Latrobe County Club--Palmer has become one of the world's most successful golfers and a sportsman that the public truly care about. It is, no doubt, due to his magnetic personality and his "common touch"--a sense of kindness and thoughtfulness--that has endeared him to millions of sports followers and golfers around the world, or "Arnie's Army", as they have become so well known.

Arnie's own account of his life story is exactly that--from his childhood and early family life, his years in the Coast Guard Service, his marriage to Winnie Palmer and on to his rise to fame as a golfer and subsequent success in the business world, then his later valiant battle against cancer. This autobiography epitomises the character of Arnold Palmer--open, humorous, generous and thoughtful--and it is one of the greatest human stories of our time.

If you are not already a card-carrying member of "Arnie's Army", you will be after reading his autobiography. --Ben Naylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Arnold Palmer has led a rich and singular life and has captured it in a wonderful book."
--The New York Times Book Review
"THIS MEMOIR SHOOTS BELOW PAR. . . . Most thrilling to fans will be his shot-by-shot perspective on legendary golf matches, such as the 1960 U.S. Open, where Palmer, Hogan, and Nicklaus converged."
--Publishers Weekly
"A BOOK FIT FOR A KING . . . Palmer's love of golf, and of the life it gave him, streams forth in his new autobiography, A Golfer's Life."
--Golf World
--Sports Illustrated
--The Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A well written insight into the great man's life. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad88744) out of 5 stars Arnie's charisma and bold game put golf on the map. 9 Aug. 1999
By Gery Sasko - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Arnie's book is well-written, entertaining, and great reading. It unveils the nuances that enabled Arnie to be the man who hoisted TV golf on his shoulders and elevated the game to the status it enjoys today. The book is well-balanced in that it reveals Arnie's roots, both golf-wise and developmental, growing-up in Latrobe PA and his conflicted relationship w/his father, Deacon Palmer. Arnold's love of life, fierce competitiveness,and his charsimatic personality are all thoroughly revealed in this terrific book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad88798) out of 5 stars Surprisingly candid but needing perspective 31 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, by its candor and by how well-written it was. It minimized many warts, but there is still some bite to it.
Arnold Palmer defines what charisma is. Charisma has nothing to do with skill, he certainly was not the most skilled or accomplished golfer. His talent and achievements fall short of those of Nicklaus, Hogan and even Gary Player. Yet Palmer with his amazing charisma can arguably be considered the most important golfer in the last 50 years.
A few years ago I was watching a Senior tournament. My wife came by and became enraptured by what was on. That was extremely odd, she usually does not watch golf. She asked me who the man on the screen was that was so fascinating. It was Arnold Palmer.
The portraits that Palmer draws of his parents, especially of his father, are wonderful. His stories of growing up are wonderful and I feel a good sense of the man and his roots. And he spares no words in discussing the death of his best friend while he was at school at Wake Forest, a death he still somewhat blames himself.
However, the story about the Ku Klux Klan meeting and his mother's reaction to it (live and let live) is rather naïve.
Palmer brings up an interesting theory about his career, that his decision to stop smoking played a factor in it. Nicotine creates a dependency, physical and psychological, no doubt about it. Palmer feels that cigarettes helped him concentrate. But I admire him for not starting again, even if it cost him some strokes. So do his grandchildren and his fans, if he had not stopped, he would not be here today.
Palmer talks about several people in the golf world at length. He speaks highly, yet evenhandedly, of Clifford Roberts and the Masters. I daresay that there are others who would not agree with that opinion.
It is obvious that Arnold did not get along with Ben Hogan, but few people did. Hogan was a hard man and while Palmer speaks highly of Ben's skills, you can see that he did not like him personally.
The section about Nicklaus is fascinating. There is a major rivalry in many ways between the two of them, there is no question about it. Palmer makes some very astute observations about their divergent styles and personalities.
There is much greater kinship with Gary Player and the stories about Player are quite funny.
People have tried to analyze Palmer's appeal for years. One of the ideas is that he comes across as a blue-collar worker in a rich man's sport. It was him that drew fans across income and class lines.
To many people, Arnold Palmer is old-line establishment. He was a close friend of Eisenhower, and of Bob Hope. The book slows when he talks of the rich people he is friends with.
In particular, I was repulsed by a golf course he built with an airstrip within, so one can land one's private plane and then tee off. Give me a break!
And his apparent tolerance for many of the racist policies of the PGA is galling as well. Palmer could have done more to bring the PGA into the 20th Century. His decision to keep quiet and "work within the system" again shows naivity beyond belief.
But Palmer has some wonderfully nice things to say about President Clinton, so he is even-handed.
Palmer is not overly introspective, so he does not try analyzing his popularity very much. He does say that he loves to perform, to show off and entertain people. He talks of his joy the first time that happened.
A section of Feinstein's "A Good Walk Spoiled" discusses Palmer from a fan's perspective and also from a fellow player's. It gives a different perspective on the man.
Palmer has always been treated well by the press. But he deserves a lot of the credit himself. He tells a great story about Jim McKay getting all noisy and excited in the 1960 Masters and interrupting Palmer's concentration. Palmer could have snarled or been nasty. Instead, he just smiled and McKay realized what was going on. You can get more with the carrot...
At the time this book was written, his wife Winnie had just been diagnosed with cancer. She is no longer with us and my heart aches for Mr. Palmer and his loss. Palmer also talks little of his own fight with cancer and the remarkable recovery he has made. Nor does he talk about all the money he has raised for research of prostate cancer.
There is very little about his daughters as well, or his family life beyond his early married days.
In an ESPN show, one of those daughters said on-camera that her dad loved being Arnold Palmer. There are countless people who can testify of how nice a man he is.
Good book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aefdabc) out of 5 stars A great book by the foremost gentleman of golf 30 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Arnold candidly describes his life-long love affair with golf and its great traditions. Even a non-golfer will enjoy his lessons about sportsmanship and life in general. I especially savored the stories about his friendships with the U.S. presidents since Ike. His aviation adventures are surprisingly hair-raising at times. The book shows us why he was named "Sportsman of the Decade" in the 1960s.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae64594) out of 5 stars A rewarding conversation with a golf legend! 12 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Not often does the sporting world produce a gentleman like Arnie Palmer. I am an avid sports fan and a casual golf fan. But, the real reason why I bought this book is that I also am a native Latrobean. I knew that Arnie, who is deeply devoted to his hometown, would give a nice memoir of his life which would include that small little spot in Western PA. What a joy it was to read about little Latrobe and many of the families in it. I graduated from high school the year before Deken Palmer and from college around the time Cori Britt graduated. Both, young men Arnie mentions in the book which is a nice tribute. I was at the ceremony when Arnie recieved an honorary degree from the Saint Vincent College, my alma mater! All of these were motivating factors in buying the book and I wasn't disappointed. I almost wanted to move back to that sweet small town. (Something I never thought I would want to do!) I also learned a great deal about the game of golf and find myself watching with a different perspective and greater understanding. Arnie tells his tale in an unassuming manner. He never tries to be more than he is. He is honest with his readers and more importantly, he is obviously speaking with them as if you were out on the course doing a casual 18 holes. Arnie's story is one of those where someone who has very ordinary start achieves great things and its nice to know that isn't a fairytale, but a reality.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae04da4) out of 5 stars A top-rate book for any sports follower 18 Feb. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
Palmer deserves his reputation as one of the most respected figures in professional sports. This book, with its down-home style is far above the mind-numbing blow-by-blow accounts of careers hardly justifying the ink and paper which clog the sports book shelves. For this, his collaborator, golf writer, James Dodson, must be due for a large share of credit. Arnold Palmer looks back over a fantastic career with no lack of humility, but with personal glimpses in sufficient depth to maintain the interest at all times. But more than this, Palmer gives fascinating insights to his business life and associations with the famous in other fields, from presidents to show business personalities, to his fellow-golfers over six decades, always making it clear that his first love is his family. Palmer may be a little old-fashioned in his outlook for some of today's readers and indeed the schmaltz might be a little thick at times, but this still rates as a sports book of excellent quality.
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