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The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia | [Curt Sampson]

The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia

The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course.
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The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course. And that heart belongs to the man who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago. Club and tournament founder Clifford Roberts, a New York stockbroker, still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure, Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters the greatest golf tournament in the world. His story, including his relationship with Presidents, power brokers, and every golf champion from Bobby Jones to Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, has never been told, until now.

©1998 and 1999 Curt Sampson; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Jack Nicklaus may own six green jackets, but no one has captured the Masters like [Curt] Sampson." (The Baton Rouge Advocate)
"[Curt Sampson's] fine new book, The Masters, is the only way we mortals are ever going to gain entrie to the hallowed Augusta National Golf Club." (The Dallas Morning News)

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    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-19-09
    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 03-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    Only half way through but it sounds like it was recorded in a phone booth over the phone. Very poor quality.

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    Scott Marietta, GA, USA 05-02-08
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    I wonder how well researched he really is and how much homework this author really did when he can't even get the simplest things correct. For instance, he mentions or refers to Atlanta being in Cobb County numerous times, when it wouldn't have taken him two seconds to verify that Atlanta is in Fulton County, and always as has been. It's close to Cobb County, one county over. My point is this, how many other things was he CLOSE, but not CORRECT on. He really doesn't paint Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts in the best of light. Truth, or just something close?

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