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The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf | [Mark Frost]

The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.
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Publisher's Summary

In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

Yet, soon after the Grand Slam, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones.

©2004 Good Comma Ink, Inc.; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A swift, surefooted account of Jones's remarkable life and career." (Publishers Weekly)
"Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times....Highly recommended for all sports collections." (Library Journal)

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    Will Columbia, SC, United States 03-07-07
    Will Columbia, SC, United States 03-07-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A grand man."

    For anyone who loves what golf IS, not just playing, this is a book unlike any other. Bobby Jones, through the somewhat sentimental eye of Mark Frost, is the kind of man you wish you knew; flawed in many ways, just like you, but greater in most ways than you'll ever be. Many biographies tell you a narrow story about the subject with only enough information about the person's surroundings to give context. Frost tells the story of America in the early 20th century and then places Bobby and his fellow golfers in the middle of that history. This is a long listen, but worth every minute. Grover Gardner does his usual outstanding job as reader and it never approaches boring. Great in every way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Battman Sacramento, CA 11-06-08
    Battman Sacramento, CA 11-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "A Grand Slam!"

    Excellent book about Bobby Jones and the history of golf in the USA -- intertwined with the political and cultural events of the times. The reader, Grover Gardner, is one of Audible's best. He brings the story alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Bellevue, WA, United States 09-03-07
    Dan Bellevue, WA, United States 09-03-07 Member Since 2000
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    "Essential for the sports fan"

    "The Grand Slam" is more than a story about golf's most enduring record. It is a story of the Roaring 20s and the establishment of sports as an important part of American life. It is the story of athletes becoming heroes and of one the greatest sportsman of all time, Bobby Jones. The wealth of detail is intimidating but the story is compelling and essential for any sports fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Selden, NY, USA 07-18-07
    Marilyn Selden, NY, USA 07-18-07
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    "A great lesson in history"

    This is not just a story about golf, but a lesson in history. Mark Frost does a wonderful job telling the story of Bobby Jones and putting some great stories about history in the middle of it. You will learn a lot with this Audiobook. Grover Gardner does a wonderful job again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Atlanta, GA, United States 02-08-14
    Jason Atlanta, GA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A must for the golf and US history fan"
    If you could sum up The Grand Slam in three words, what would they be?

    Truly an insightful and full look at the development of Bobby Jones, US history of the time as well as golf in America as a major sport. Captivating all the way throughout, this is a must if you are a golf fan. In addition, you can't help but walk away from the book with a greater appreciation for the game, Bobby Jones as not only a tremendous golfer but man as well. Cannot do anything but recommend this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael GRASS LAKE, MI, United States 11-14-13
    Michael GRASS LAKE, MI, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does The Grand Slam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. I am an avid golf enthusiast and loved learning more about one of the greats. It is well written and read, and kept me glued to listening.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was terrific and was the perfect reader for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I had the time too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Wierda Park, South Africa 07-19-13
    Neil Wierda Park, South Africa 07-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Story telling at its best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a book that not only provides heartful insight into the most difficult game in the world but also the best player to date to have played it


    What other book might you compare The Grand Slam to and why?

    None as yet


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Passionate story telling


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How I played the game


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-17-13
    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "My Favorite Golf Audio"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a golf nut. So to say this is my favorite golf audio is saying a lot. I love the history of golf, the details from a time gone by and I enjoy hearing about Jones. Jones was more dominant in his era than Tiger was in his prime. On top of that Jones was a legendary golfer in his spare time. He was a lawyer by trade. It's an amazing story that is well told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Frisco, TX 04-24-13
    Doug Frisco, TX 04-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Storytelling at its Finest"

    A book that will entertain not only those who are fans of the great game of golf but of American history in the early 20th century.

    To say this book is a fabulous read and while rated it 5 stars across the board, it still does not seem to give it due credit. I truly felt as if I were taken back in time and was drawn into story that chronicled the amazing life of Bobby Jones and the early history of golf in America.

    Truly an amazing read and Grover Gardner does an phenomenal job as always in bringing the story to life. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nils Phoenixville, PA, USA 01-18-09
    Nils Phoenixville, PA, USA 01-18-09
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    "You need to Listen to this One."

    Was very enjoyable. After listening to the whole book I walked away with "That was a great Book" To hear about the life and times of Bobby Jones, Golf, and America for the first half of the 20th century was fascinating and very well told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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