Hogan Unabridged 5 Cassettes/7.5 Hrs Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Aug 11 1999
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on Dec 12 2002 by B. P. Hayek
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 morePublished on Feb. 20 2001 by pbirch999
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 morePublished on Feb. 14 2001 by Kenneth Blum
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2001 by Erik Andersen
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2001 by rodboomboom
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2001
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 morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by Jeff Banks
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 morePublished on April 16 2000 by Nathan Hunt
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