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Hogan Unabridged 5 Cassettes/7.5 Hrs [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Curt Sampson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Aug. 11 1999
Ben Hogan won four U.S. Opens in six years, three of them after a near-fatal head-on automobile collision. Driven by an obsessive dedication to the game, legend has it, he practiced until his hands bled. The concentration and precision he exhibited on the course awed spectators and fellow players alike.

In this extraordinary book--the first full-scale biography of the enigmatic Hogan in twenty years--Curt Sampson explores the milestones of Hogan's life--his father's suicide, his miraculous comeback after his brush with death, his many triumphs on the Tour. Sampson draws on interviews with fellow golf legends Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, and Sam Snead to present an in-depth portrait of a man with bullet-proof confidence and singlemindedness, a man who turned the negatives he encountered into a life of glory and achievement.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The great Ben Hogan cast a long and complex shadow. A complicated and misunderstood man, he was so consumed with the solitary pursuit of excellence that the camaraderie of his game passed him by. Yet, he was utterly revered--for his consistency, his perseverance, his dedication, his mystery, and his courage. He was the one golfer his fellow golfers held in awe. Curt Sampson does a fine job of hacking through the rough of the Hogan mystique in search of the enigma who held the world at arm's length. His biography of Bantam Ben is as probing as it is solid; it aims for the man, and finds the bottom of the cup. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"A superb and insightful portrait of the most elusive and complex champion in golf history . . . worth every damn cent you're asked to pay for it." —Guy Yocom, Golf Digest --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hogan the man, the golfer, and business founder April 29 2004
When I was growing up the names of Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Player, and their generation were the top competitors. Ben Hogan was a revered name, but one of past glory. His great year of 1953 was in the past. I had heard about his auto accident and his amazing comeback, but this book helped me see the man who "dug it out of the dirt" through hard work, discipline, and ferocious tenacity.
Mr. Hogan started out with less than most. His father's suicide and the family's subsequent poverty didn't leave him with many open paths to success. He found golf and found that it not only matched his physical skills, but was an even better match for his nearly obsessive temperament.
The swing he developed has become the pattern millions of us try to emulate, although he would find our haphazard approach to the game less than useless. Why we love being duffers would be beyond him. He knew how to work and to practice. I still cannot fathom the kind of internal strength it would take to come back from that terrible leg shattering accident when his Cadillac was struck by a bus. He played in great pain for the rest of his life and had four surgeries on his left shoulder. When I realize that his greatest achievements and most of his wins at major tournaments were after the accident I am simply dumbstruck.
Mr. Hogan was a very private and enigmatic figure. Mr. Sampson does a good job in teasing what facts we know into a good story. We get interesting stories from the golf side of his life (mostly stories told about Hogan by others) and those are very enjoyable. However, I like the way Mr. Sampson puts all that in the context of a real person - a real man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great biography March 28 2001
Two sports, solf and baseball are not time bound, i.e. they are not governed by a clock such as hockey, football, soccer and basketball. Rather baseball has 9 innings and golf has 18 holes; an entirely different way of measuring when the game starts and ends. Therefore, with a different pace than other sports, baseball and golf produces the best sports writing. This biography of one of the top 3 or 4 golfers of all time is such a book. I read this shortly after Hogan died and revisited the book recently. Good golf writing tends to get into the mind of a golfer and this biography attempts to understand the enigmatic Hogan, a driven man with less ability than most of his contemporaries, who willed his way to greatness through sheer effort and practice. Hogan did not have a reputation of having a generous, open personality and this book explores the issue, examining the trauma of Hogan's dad's violent death when Ben was young. There are great pictures including one of Ben at the end of his career when he realized he no longer had it and left the course in a golf cart in mid round. Sam Snead was always open and was quite a showman and was seen on TV all the time. In a sense, we got to know Sam through his interviews after television matches (the fore runner to "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf"). Not so with Ben, we never really got to know him. Accordingly, this book helps introduce us to a very private man.
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I found this book to be one of the best biographies I've ever read. Sampson leads the reader through the pivotal and formative events of Hogan's life, slowly revealing the character and personality of one of the most complex figures in the history of sports. Most people view sports legends as individuals blessed with an abundance of natural ability and instinct. I was inspired to discover this does not describe Ben Hogan. He was not, by any stretch of imagination, the most talented golfer on tour. To read accounts of his early struggles puts the stunning success he later enjoyed - and the work that enabled him to accomplish that success - in clear perspective. To often, sports biographies are superficial tributes that ignore the complexities of a sport and the men who play it. This is a book that digs deeply into the life of its subject, revealing both the noble and the base. Curt Sampson allows the reader to form his own opinion of the man based on a detailed and objectively rendered portrait. Anyone who truly loves the game of golf needs to read this book.

Rick Mathes
Thousand Oaks, C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and factual Jan. 4 2001
This book is above the best I've ever read. Not only does Sampson cut through the clutter and hype of the hogan mystique, but brings to light the man himself. Ben Hogan was a hero to many, including myself. However, it becomes easier to understand his faults and pains. As awestruck as we all become as we reminisce about what the infamous one iron shot was like, the same feeling comes to mind when you can discover the personal hardships and psychological strains that Hogan had held throughout his life. Looking from the outside, he was comprised of somewhat an introvert, stubborn, and jealous man. Yet how he broke out of his shell and overcame adds one more dimension to a timeless hero. Not only his ability to overcome the game of golf and his physical handicaps, but overcoming the mental obstacles that it takes to become not only an excellent golfer, but an excellent man. Hats off to Curt Sampson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best so far...
This is the best biography of Ben Hogan I have yet read. Curt Sampson does a wonderful job, and his writing is very smooth and enjoyable. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2002 by B. P. Hayek
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I'm surprised by the glowing reviews. The author has a clear style with no frills. Some of his metaphors were so bad I laughed out loud. The book is a very quick read. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2001 by Lefty
5.0 out of 5 stars Down The Middle
No one knew Ben Hogan, but everyone seemed to revere him. Why? At face value, it's hard to understand because the man was aloof, arrogant - and, often, rude. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2001 by Kenneth Blum
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational book that will motivate the beginner to pro
I'm a 17 year old golfer with dreams of becoming a PGA Tour card carrier. After reading this book, I relized I have an easy life and should gives thanks to my mom and dad. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2001 by Erik Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational biography for golfers
One of my all time favorite golf reads of one of golfing most mysterious champions. I was so moved to read this after hearing of Steve Jones' reading of it on his way to victory... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2001 by rodboomboom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For The Hogan Fan
Curt Sampson does an excellent job bringing out the man that most of us never really knew. I learned alot about this complex and guarded man. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001 by "susiefitz"
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating and inspiring!
If you like golf you'll love this book. If you enjoy reading about the singularly focused personal pursuit of excellence, you'll also love this book. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2000 by Jeff Banks
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring
Reading this book makes me want to get out an play golf. His perseverence alone makes me want to get out and accomplish myself. Read more
Published on April 16 2000 by Nathan Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but lacking in humor!
Lacks stories of Hogan's follies
Published on May 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent walk-through of Ben Hogan's life!
The best book iv'e every read. I think every golf lover should have a chance to read this masterpiece! Read more
Published on April 15 1999
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