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

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  485 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
From the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed The Greatest Game Ever Played comes The Grand Slam, a riveting, in-depth look at the life and times of golf icon Bobby Jones.

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, an amateur golfer who had already

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published November 3rd 2004 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2004)
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Brad Lyerla
Jan 26, 2014 Brad Lyerla rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
THE GRAND SLAM: BOBBY JONES, AMERICA AND THE STORY OF GOLF is Mark Frost's biography of the champion amateur golfer Bobby Jones. Today, it is fashionable to argue whether Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of all time. This book might persuade you that, when all is said and done, Jones was the greatest.

Like all good biographies The Grand Slam is not just a biography. It is also history and a thoughtful and perceptive character study.

Jones achieved his ascendancy as a golfer in t
May 30, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
This book was awesome. Golfer or not a golfer, if you are interested in reading about a first class person who dominated their sport like no other (Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus included), and did it with the utmost of sportsmanship, this is a MUST read. Who wins 13 majors in only 20 attempts, only finishing outside the top ten once in 20 tries? And he was the only golfer to win the true Grand Slam - four major championships in the same year. And all as an amateur. He never earned a dime for his ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Tung rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve read two other Frost books about golf (The Greatest Game Ever Played and The Match); both are two of my favorite nonfiction books ever. So it’s no surprise I picked up The Grand Slam, an account of the life of Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur golfer (and one of the greatest golfers) ever. Frost traces Bobby’s attachment to the game – from the first time he picked up a golf club; through his teen years as a prodigy; through his early years as one of the world’s best golfers searching for hi ...more
Jan 17, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
This very well written book on the life of Bobby Jones was truly enjoyable from start to finish. I first learned about Bobby Jones as the golfer who called a two stroke penalty on himself in the US Open, and later learned more about his life from written accounts and from a movie based on this book. As is often the case, the movie is good, but the book is much better.

Certainly some aspects of this book will be more appreciated by those who play golf. Nonetheless, this book isn't simply about gol
Craig Stratton
Nov 09, 2009 Craig Stratton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, sports
This is a great book about the early years of Golf in America and the man who brought it to the forefront of America. Bobby Jones was a remarkable man. I didn't know much about him before reading this book. I knew he was the founder of Augusta National and The Masters Tournament, but that was about it. Since The Masters is just around the corner, and the fact that I'm tired of hearing about Tiger Woods, it seemed like an appropriate time to read about the man who started it all. This book weaves ...more
Oct 27, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
The Grand Slam : Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf, by Mark Frost, is about Bobby Jones and how he came to fame. By the time he was 25, he had never really thought of playing golf on the pro level. Bobby just wanted to play the game for fun. When he was 32, some of Bobbies friends had said he should enter into the U.S. Amateurs Open. Bobby thought this was a ridiculous idea until he was teeing off on the first tee and later to win the Open. This win gave Bobby the inspiration to enter ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Neal rated it it was ok
Frost does a nice job of capturing the tension of a golf tournament and for golf fans/addicts it will be interesting. Unfortunately, Frost's depiction of Bobby Jones borders on Hero worship. Yes - Jones was a great champion, good friend, loyal husband, dutiful son, good businessman all great characteristics but makes for bland reading. Frost fails take up many of the great cultural questions that Bobby Jones' life (and the founding of Augusta National) raise. What was Jones' view on women and go ...more
Tom Gase
Apr 25, 2011 Tom Gase rated it liked it
Another well researched and well written book by Mark Frost, who has written two other good books on golf, The Match, and the Greatest Game Ever Played. I liked those two books better than this one, as this book was more about the legendary golfer Bobby Jones, the only golfer to win the elusive Grand Slam title (hence the name of this book) and his golf career, rather than one golf event like the other two books focused on. Still, a good read, even if if did drag at some points because it seemed ...more
Russ Jarvis
Jul 02, 2012 Russ Jarvis rated it really liked it

The best part about this book was the insight into Bobby Jones' high character and how he was a man of his times. The author did a good job introducing many famous persons from golfing history and describing the world of early 20th century golf, professional and amateur. He could have saved a lot of pages by reducing the "blow by blow" accounts of the rounds Jones played. By the time I got to the accounts of the four major tournaments Jones won in 1930, I had become so tired of descriptions of b
David Longo
Mar 14, 2015 David Longo rated it it was amazing
Bravo! Mark Frost has done it again! For those who haven't read Frost ' s golf writing, this is a gem. Bobby Jones alone makes for a great subject. But the author goes well beyond Robert Tyre Jones and the golden age of this wonderful game. He does the Roaring Twenties proud, as well as tackles many other topics with detail, passion and outstanding prose. I can't decide if I like this book, GRAND SLAM, better than Frost ' s THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED. I read Jones' bio secondly, so it's fresh ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Grandpa rated it it was amazing
If only high-performing, exceptionally talented athletes could conduct their lives like Bobby Jones, we wouldn't have to face headlines about Tiger Woods and his indiscretions. Mark Frost does an excellent job in bringing to life Bobby Jones as a person, and the unique relationships he formed with his father, as well as his mentor and champion, Oscar Bane "Pops" Keeler. The Depression is on full tilt, and people are looking for something or someone to bring some happiness into their lives. The u ...more
Dec 12, 2007 Geoff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of golf and sports nuts in general
not as good as 'The Greatest' or "The Match" but most certainly a worthwhile read for the golf nut. It essentially picks up where 'the greatest' ends and covers Bobby Jones' ascension to golf's pantheon climaxing with his 1930 Grand Slam.

It also paints an adequate picture of America during the 20's and 30's and Frost's writing style makes this another quick page turner. You know what is going ot happen but you just can't wait to get there and relive Jone's accomplishments through Frost's round b
Jan 20, 2009 Jackson rated it really liked it
This is an in depth portrayal of a fascinating man in both American history and American sporting history. It tells the little known story of how golf was introduced to America, intertwined with the events of the American landscape of the period, focusing ultimately on the life story of Bobby Jones. A great read for any sports fan.
What an awesome, in-depth story of the greatest golfer of all time. Bobby fans will love this book - loaded with info - and also lots of history from the early 1900's. I knew this would be a great book, I'd read The Match and Greatest Game - Mark Frost and Golf history go together beautifully! A must for golf history fans - and essential for Bobby Jones admirers.
ebnewberry Newberry
Mark Frost is a really great writer. He takes a topic that I didn't know anything (or didn't care anything) about and made it genuinely interesting. I found this story completely engaging and readable. I strongly recommend both this book and "The Greatest Game Ever Played", even if you hate golf.
Jun 11, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing
I got side-tracked and took a long time to finish this book. Nevertheless it is an outstanding read. It is more than a story of a great golfer. The writer tells a great deal about history around the great golfer. Everything is in context beyond just Bobby Jones.
Lucas Barrett
Jan 06, 2010 Lucas Barrett rated it really liked it
There are a lot of books about Bobby Jones, what makes this book exceptional is tha accompanying History segments. Mark Frost does a great job explaining the political and social landscapes, sometimes better than he explains the golf course landscapes.
Jul 09, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing
I love golf and American history. I got both with this book. After winning the Grand Slam, Bobby Jones was diagnosed with a rare disease called syringomyelia at a young age. He told a friend "You know, in golf we play the ball as it lies. Now, we will not speak of this again, ever".
Jun 27, 2009 Patrick rated it really liked it
I knew little to nothing about Bobby Jones before reading this book. I really enjoyed Grand Slam and learning about the life of Bobby Jones who I now realize may have been the most dominant American athlete in his/her sport. The book is interesting, easy to read, and I would recommend it.
Jul 31, 2012 Katharine rated it it was amazing
The story of Bobby Jones and his Great Slam in 1930. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way Mark Frost weaves the story of Bobby Jones, the history of golf, and the history of the US at the time. I recommend this book to lovers of golf and history.
Jan 21, 2016 Pinecovers1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really liked the way the author combined the life story of Bobby with the history of what was happening in the world at this time. It was easy to get connected with the characters in the book. Excellent read, especially for those who love golf.
Jun 14, 2012 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
got this one for my father, his reading improving!
May 27, 2008 J.C. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
a good read. i liked it, but not as much as Ben Hogan.
Robert Vandiver
Aug 23, 2010 Robert Vandiver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sportsman we can all aspire to become. Good social history of the times
Feb 27, 2013 Gordon rated it it was amazing
Frost's best golf book, a great modern day account of a 1930s sports achievement that is slowly fading away into obscurity.
Apr 26, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Another great Mark Frost book
Feb 06, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing
If you're a golf fan, a must read about arguably the best player of the game...ever! What a truly remarkable man Bobby Jones was.
Glenn M
Jul 19, 2012 Glenn M rated it it was amazing
Biography of Bobby Jones. A must read.
Jun 01, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Bobby Jones is my hero.
Jack Combs
Apr 30, 2016 Jack Combs rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I learned more about the game of golf by learning of Bobby Jones capturing the Grand Slam. I recommend this book to anyone who likes golf or just an insight to a legend in sports.
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