Mixing a deep respect for golf's traditions with a scrutinizing curiosity, Eubanks explores the significant role Roberts played in Augusta member-to-be Dwight Eisenhower's ascension to the presidency; Roberts' suicide and the club's subsequent loss of the pistol he used; the exclusion of African-American Charlie Sifford from the Masters field; Augusta's impetuous relationship with CBS; and the Tiger Woods-Fuzzy Zoeller brouhaha of 1997. Eubanks also recalls moments of Masters glory, the simultaneous rise of Arnold Palmer and the Masters in the late '50s and early '60s, and the 1997 coronation of Tiger Woods, the first Masters winner of African-American heritage. Augusta is required reading for any golf fan.
©1997 Steve Eubanks; (P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks
I was hesitant to purchase it because of very bad quality of sound of the sample. But I was interested to read about Masters. I enjoyed listening it. Author is smart and I believe he gives relatively balanced view. Narration is excellent. Thanks.
I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Augusta National or the Masters Tournament. Eubanks takes an honest look at the Club and Tournament that can be incisive, humorous, and respectful at the same time.
Eubanks describes the contentious Clifford Roberts fairly accurately. Roberts was cranky, irascible, and a stickler for detail. He was a hard man, somewhat aloof, and - as the Curtis Tillman story shows - not without a good share of racism in his veins. Yet, at the same time, his organizational skills went a long way in making the Masters the great tournament that it is.
Tom Parker's narration is pretty good. It would have been nice if he had pronounced Joe Dey's name correctly (it rhymes with "Die"). However, he handled Severiano Ballesteros with ease, so that says something.
This audio book is really quite good. It's competitor is Curt Sampson's volume on the Masters, and Eubanks beats that one hands down.
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