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To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A fascinating biography of a forgotten golf legend, a riveting whodunit of a covered-up killing, a scalding exposé of a closed society—in To Win and Die in Dixie, award-winning writer Steve Eubanks weaves all these elements into a masterly book that resurrects a superb sportsman and reconstructs a startling crime.

J. Douglas Edgar was the British-born golfer who broke ever
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ebook, 240 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by ESPN (first published 2010)
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Mike Smith
Jul 28, 2011 Mike Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very good book. Well-written and well-researched, it tells the tale of a now-forgotten legend in professional golf. J. Douglas Edgar was an Englishman who moved to Atlanta, Georgia around 1919 to be a club pro. Edgar invented the modern golf swing, which involves much less lower-body movement than the popular swing of the day. He died under "mysterious circumstances" in 1921, just as he was on the threshold of worldwide fame for his golfing performance and teaching.



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Dennis Willingham
Oct 08, 2010 Dennis Willingham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
Good golf history on the little known father of the modern swing, good crime and Atlanta history also. Great unintentional golf lesson in here too, I got my swing back after changing focus to swinging the club, not hitting the ball. Something I had gotten away from reading traditional golf instruction books.
Thomas
Aug 11, 2012 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great overall story though it is a tragic set of circumstances. Interesting look into the American Dream in early 1920's Atlanta. The emergence of the automobile, the klan, and one of golf early innovators.
Richard Pearson
Aug 01, 2013 Richard Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. It is part mystery and part golf history. Nicely done. A wonderful read for golfer and nice read for someone interested in intrigue and a bit of sport/golf history.
Marilyn
Interesting story of a golfing great that no one has ever heard of--however, he too had trouble in the fidelity department--someone should write a book about athletes and that issue!
Mark Parrish
For golfing fans, a must read.
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