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Ben Hogan: An American Life

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Authorized, intimate, and definitive, Ben Hogan: A Life is the long-awaited biography of one of golf’s greatest, most enigmatic legends, narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Dodson a critically acclaimed national bestseller.

One man is often credited with shaping the landscape of modern golf. Ben Hogan was a short, trim, impeccably dressed Texan wh
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2004)
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Robert Strandquist
Dodson's comprehensive and well researched narrative of golf's most compelling star keenly glosses over the rougher edges of Hogan's life without ignoring them. Most telling in this regard is Dodson's insistence that Hogan's socially cold shoulder is a psychological defense barrier protecting a dark secret. Dodson skillfully weaves Ben's dark secret, the death of his father, into the dark thread of personal tragedy throughout the entire work. Dodson creates a cocoon of sympathy around Ben as he ...more
Sep 01, 2009 Mahlon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Golf fans, fans of great Biography
Recommended to Mahlon by: Amazon
Shelves: read-2009
James Dobson's An American Life is the definitive Biography of Ben Hogan, who won 9 Majors in his career and dominated the sport in his era. Hogan was one of the most beloved sports figures of his day, but was notoriously shy off the course, preferring the company of a few close friends to the prying eyes of an adoring public, because of this he was unfairly saddled with the nickname "The Wee Ice Man" Dobson has managed to penetrate the curtain of silence that has always surrounded Hogan, talkin ...more
Dec 13, 2007 J.C. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cinderella boys
fantastic. I didn't know much about the man except that he came was a great player who was victim of a car accident but returned to continue his remarkable career, this was the story that I heard, it didn't seem like much.

Early in his career many thought he would never win a tournament. having two separate tries at making it as a tour player, he failed miserably and limped home broke. on what was his "final" attempt, he finally learned to win and that led to a few more tournament wins. He had f
A fascinating, well-written, and thoroughly researched book about an amazing man. I am a golf fan, but this book is so expansive from a historical and human standpoint that golf knowledge is not required. Two of many examples that stand out to me: Jack Fleck's epiphany from a bathroom mirror and the melancholy (my emotion) yet uplifting (go figure) last days of Hogan's life. I can't wait to read this again, and that's my barometer to measure what makes a book great.
Brian Wetters
A very detailed accounting of Ben Hogan's life. I've gained an appreciation for his influence upon the sport of golf that is still with us today. I learned something that otherwise hasn't been widely reported. Ben Hogan is truly one of golf's pioneers of shot-making.
Ben Matteson
I'm in the middle of re-reading this a second time. I really like this book and not because of golf, but because of the careful research and description of Ben Hogan the human being.
This biography is a fascinating story of a man who had to overcome so many obstacles to achieve greatness, and is an inspiring reminder that greatness usually doesn’t come easily.

Mr. Dodson comes as close as possible to accurately portraying a very complex man, a man who will always be an enigma to many. My only criticism of this book is its length. I wonder if so many details are necessary. I guess to some readers they are. To me, however, it slowed the book down.

If I could I've give this book
Feb 28, 2008 Kirk rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any one that loves golf
Recommended to Kirk by: Mike gave it to me for Xmas
Great book, even for those of you that don't appreciate the game (and if you don't, what good are you?) Anyway, good read. Hogan was, in many ways, a combination of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Loved this book, if your a fan of golf history or sports in my opinion it has to include obtaining knowledge and understanding of the importance of Ben Hogan. This is the book!!
What a true life story about resilience, perseverance and just practicing your craft. So many ups and downs Ben Hogan went through. He was an amazing golfer in his day. Wow.
If you have a passion for golf, this is the book for you. I just haven't acquired a knack for the sport quite yet. Pretty inspiring read though.
Best biography of any type/genre that I have read. It reads easily and you cannot put it down. It may sound cliched, but it is true.
Excellent biography on Ben Hogan. Spends a lot of time on his golf life but also adds his personal side.
Murray Sullivan
If you love golf you will love this story. An amazing life centered on excellent golf.
dude should have died in car wreck instead he became a legend
Great portrait of the somewhat reclusive life of Mr. Hogan.
Glenn M
Dodson glorifys Hogan
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James Dodson is the author of seven books, including Final Rounds and Ben Hogan: An American Life. He lives with his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina."
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