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Hogan Unabridged 5 Cassettes/7.5 Hrs Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Aug 11 1999

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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Unabridged edition (Aug. 11 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786114606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786114603
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.4 x 4.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,082,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Hardcover 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 Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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