51st out of 87 books — 25 voters
The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68
by Curt Sampson (Goodreads Author)
Of all the games ever played in a sporting competition, never has an event been so bizarre and yet so fitting for its historical moment: the 1968 Masters.Anger gripped America's heart in April 1968. Vietnam and a bitter presidential contest sharpened the divides between races and generations, while protests and violence poisoned the air. Then an assassin's bullet took the...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by Atria Books
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1968 had a lot of things happening even by mid April when this tournament begins. Vietnam is escalating, LBJ just dropped out of the Presidential race and MLK was just killed. This tourney should have been an escape from that craziness. Unfortunatley it is marred by controversy. This is an interesting look at this tourney in the context of the times it was played in and the characters involved in the mixed up ending. Golf is truly a game about sportsmanship and this book illustrates that.
Curt Sampson, golf professional turned golf writer, came to golf the old-fashioned way—as a caddie. He looped for his father for a few years on summer Saturday’s, then turned pro, in a manner of speaking, at age 12, as one of the scores of disheveled boys and men in the caddie pen at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio. His golf game developed from sneaking on LFCC at twilight, an occasionall...moreMore about Curt Sampson...