Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known.
A young Massachusetts native, Francis was only three years removed from his youthful career as a lowly caddie. Harry was twice his age, the greatest British champion in history, and innovator of the modern grip and swing. Through exacting hard work, perseverance, and determination, Harry Vardon had escaped a hopeless life of poverty; the unknown Ouimet dared to dream of following in his hero's footsteps. When the two men finally came together in their legendary battle at the 1913 US Open, its heart-stopping climax gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.
Weaving the stories of Ouimet and Vardon as his narrative, Mark Frost creates a uniquely involving, intimate epic that is equal parts sports biography, sweeping social history, and emotional human drama. The Greatest Game Ever Played is a must-listen for millions of sports and history fans - and all who have ever dared to reach for their dreams.
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My all time favorite golf film is the one based on this book and this story blows away the movie. Along with The Match (also written by Mark Frost), The Greatest Game Ever Played are by far two of my favorite books ever read or listened to.
If you're a golfer and/or love the game, this book will take you back to a different era of the sport to a time of some of that generations greatest sportsman and ambassadors.
The book is enthralling, captivating, and has not one dull moment. I highly suggest listening to this exquisitely told story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon and everything that lead up to and after the 1913 US Open.
This book is loaded with history. I enjoyed it so much I'm still stunned. I just expected the same story as the movie. Frost paints the full picture including the culture, politics and people of the era. He immerses you in the drama and delivers a rousing account of one of the most incredible stories in the history of all sports.
The performance grew on me as he went on. But there were times when he read without any emotion, running things together. But as the story grew, his performance improved.
Overall, one of the top three golf books ever written.
Always Learning though I'm not sure it changes much of your life to be honest.
I've read perhaps 50 golf books along the way and am a good player so finding one that stands out isn't always easy. I had my doubts about this one if it would be relevant at all today, and I was so wrong. It's just fascinating to hear the real story and the backgrounds of the players that shocked the nation and probably will never happen again that an amateur wins the U.S. Open. Wonderful reporting and work done getting all the people and personalities involved and developing many things I never knew or read before. Great book and listened twice in a row already. It really does get into what these players were actually thinking along the way.
I read a lot of golf books. This is my all time favorite. The book is always better than the movie, but the Disney movie about this one isn't even in the same league.
This is not just the story of Francis Ouimet, which is in and of itself a great story. This is the story of the start of American golf.
"A great game"
Loved it. Wonderfully detailed but enthralling and easy to listen to. Recommend this to any student of the great games history.
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