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

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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...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2004)
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Brad Lyerla
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...more
Kevin
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
Craig Stratton
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
Tung
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
Neal
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
Russ Jarvis

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...more
Tom Gase
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
Grandpa
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
Geoff
Dec 12, 2007 Geoff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Dan
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.
Jackson
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.
Patrick
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.
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.
Kerrystoltzfus
What a life - Bobby Jones was a true gentleman much in contrast to some of today's celebrity sports stars.
Ed
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
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.
Katharine
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.
Rob
Very interesting back story about the early days of the emergence of golf in America. Also, I was surprised to learn of the yardages the early players hit with their hickory clubs.
Hayden
Loved this book, mostly because it's all about a hero of mine. Also gives a great recount of the United States and the rest of the world in which Jones grew up.
Kevin
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.
Gordon
Frost's best golf book, a great modern day account of a 1930s sports achievement that is slowly fading away into obscurity.
Cory Snider


Truly a must read for any golf fans. It is truly fascinating. The research that went into this book is amazing.
Robert Vandiver
A sportsman we can all aspire to become. Good social history of the times
Velvetink
Jun 14, 2012 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
got this one for my father, his reading improving!
J.C.
a good read. i liked it, but not as much as Ben Hogan.
Major Doug
Listened to this book: Bobby Jones was da man!
Glenn M
Biography of Bobby Jones. A must read.
Andrew
Another great Mark Frost book
Michael
Bobby Jones is my hero.
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