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Ben Hogan's "Secret": A Fictionalized Biography Paperback – Jun 10 1997

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Bob Thomas is a writer and golf enthusiast who has read everything written by and about Ben Hogan, and whose portrait of Hogan has been authenticated by those who know and love the master. Thomas lives in Savannah, Georgia, and this is his first book.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ben Hogan's Secret truly depicts "The man behind the mask" July 7 1999
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Author Bob Thomas has written the first book about Ben Hogan that truly depicts "the man behind the mask". Stories abound about Hogan's coldness but nothing could be further from the truth. Naysayers should talk to the people who had direct contact with Hogan thru the various stages of his life as golfer, businessman, private citizen and devoted husband. They should read the numerous articles that were written following his death on July 28, 1997, especially "The Hogan I Knew" by Dan Jenkins, and other articles in the October 1997 issue of Golf Digest. Talk to members of Shady Oaks Country Club and citizens in the surrounding business community. Talk to Palmer, Nicklaus, Venturi, Kite, Harvey Ward and Byron Nelson. If you were able to do so, a picture of the real Ben Hogan would emerge and that man is the one depicted by Bob Thomas in Ben Hogan's secret.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ben Hogan's Secret - A Real Winner July 25 2003
By Golf Nut - Published on
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Author Bob Thomas has a real winner in Ben Hogan's Secret. This great fictionalized biography of Ben Hogan is more truth than fiction and portrays Hogan as the man he really was, a shy, caring individual who tried to avoid the limelight. Once I started reading this book I found it very difficult to put it down.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Good Read July 12 2003
By tom fortier - Published on
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I read and enjoyed "Ben Hogan's Secret." I too read the first chapter on the website and decided to purchase the book. I enjoyed reading about the camaraderie between Hogan and Bobby Jones. It was interesting how Jones helped Hogan believe in himself as a golfer. I recommend adding this book to any golfer's library.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A decent read, nothing more Aug. 11 1998
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As a huge Hogan fan, I was very disappointed in this book. I found this work lacking on several fronts. First, the writing and fictionalized conversations are stilted and often trite. This is the author's first book and it shows. Secondly, the Ben Hogan this book tries to reveal is overly simplistic and one-dimensional. Ben Hogan was an incredibly complex man and this book tries to explain away much of that complexity with overly simplistic explanation. This book would have us believe that Hogan was really a terribly nice, but misunderstood, character who truly tried to play for his fans and work with the press. His legendary ability to focus while playing is rationalized as both fear of crowds and a desperate ability to block out distractions. From everything I've read, this is all hogwash. Hogan played for Hogan. He loathed the press and viewed them as lazy and ill-informed. He had a magical ability to go into 'the zone' virtually at will. Bob Thomas simpl! y gets too much wrong. Moreover, he glosses over or ignores pivotal periods of Hogan's life, again with trite and abbreviated discourse. Hogan's rehab from his car accident, the formation of his company, these and many other important events are either trivialized or omitted altogether. Perhaps my problem is I read Curt Sampson's "Hogan" first, a vastly superior work that truly reveals the man behind the myth. This book strikes me as nothing more than an averagely talented writer's fawning tribute.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful journey through the life of a golf icon Oct. 19 2007
By goldeagle21 - Published on
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A friend of mine received a copy of this book at a golf tournament and passed it along to me. Bob Thomas gives us a very real look at the life of Hogan that is both inspiring and emotional. For those few negative reivewers, this book is not meant to be a biography -- it is a literary portrait. If you are not inspired by the overall message of the book, then you are truly missing something. I was amazed at the presentation of Hogan's life in the way that makes my own seem not so bad. I'd recommend this work to any golf enthusiast looking for some motivation.