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Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  216 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Surprisingly, one of sport's most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the world's finest golf courses. Arnie and Jack. Palmer and Nicklaus. Their fifty-year duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern g ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 8th 2009 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mitch Koehler
"Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry" was a good story that explained and informed its readers the great relationship on and off the golf course between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Ian O'Conner, the author of this story, goes into detail about the great golfers making each other the best players in the game of golf between themselves, and best friends off of the golf course. O'Connor did a fantastic job explaining that not one of the two golfers was dominant at thi ...more
Jarrad Hicks
"Arnie and Jack" is a fabulous read on the lives of two of the most iconic golfers in the sport's history. Ian O'Connor does a really good job of intertwining the stories of Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus together. He explains the introduction to the game, upbringing, family life, triumphs, setbacks, etc. By the end of the book, you want to reread it again to relive the memories once more. Recommended for anyone. It's descriptive enough to hold the attention of those who were alive to see the ...more
An enjoyable read. Not exactly the in depth biography I am used to reading but good none the less. It author chose to focus more on the rivalry that existed between Nicklaus and Palmer (with a few asides from some of Nicklaus' more memorable victories and defeats that had not involved Palmer) as opposed to writing a book that examined the lives of both men. I liked it more than I thought I would, especially near the end when there were not many golf stories to tell and more stories involving the ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: golf fans
My late father was a golfer and loved to watch Arnie on TV. At the time I didn't appreciate golf as a competetive sport. I'm really enjoying reading about these 2 (pre-Tiger) icons. A well researched book. The author stuck to his theme throughout: the on-going competition between these 2, which continued long after their abilities to win a pro tournament ended. At the end, I was left with the thought that, from the fans POV it was like the Beatles v. The Stones -- in the early days if you were a ...more
Not just for golf fans, but for fans of sports in general. What I loved about this book is it treated the 'untouchable reputations' of Jack and Arnie with honesty yet respect. I told one of my 'Tiger-hating' friends that there are many reasons one might not like Tiger, but not because the legends of the game handled it (or each other) any more respectfully. Arnie and Jack could nearly as easily have been Phil and Tiger. I came away respecting them even more for their humanity and for their fierc ...more
I expected this book to be better than it was. It was just okay. It told the story of how Palmer got started and how Micklaus followed him and how both of them ended up making a lot of money and changing the course of golf (I agree with O'Connor that without Palmer and Nicklaus, there would be no Tiger Woods today). However, O'Connor can't seem to make the people real - probably because he doesn't really seem to have had that much access to either Palmer or Nicklaus.
An engaging and informative recap of the professional careers and personal relationship of Nicklaus and Palmer. The author does a good job presenting the arcs of both of these greats professional successes - as well as the impact of those matches upon their personal lives.

Also draw out some interesting conclusions regarding each of their backgrounds and how those background influenced both their style of play and the "post-PGA" endeavors.
Dave Wein
Wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this but a fascinating read, couldn't put it down. Not just a great rivalry but developed and established the sport as TV and the advertising markets developed. Worth a read if you enjoy golf
"Arnie and Jack" appeared like a labor of love: well-researched and in-depth with plenty of interviews. Unfortunately, it felt a little too grinding, not like a nice walk on the links, shooting the breeze with your friends. Maybe my expectations were too high because I normally enjoy Ian O'Connor's columns, but this book failed to break par for me.
Jan 02, 2015 Brian123 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: golf fans
Good book, nothing really earth shattering for golf fans who think they know everything about Jack and Arnie. In the 1960s they didnt like each other but today they do. They both had different upbringings that shaped them. They both have different personalities. The book has some good stories, I enjoyed it!!!
Golf's greatest rivalry. This book gives an in-depth look at where Arnie and Jack came from and how their world's collided in golf. I found it very entertaining - especially the trash-talking that went on back then, not to mention fans being allowed to scream and taunt mid-swing!
Chris Mielke
I have read biographies about both Jack and Arnie and many of the stories in those are contained here. Despite that I read this book very quickly and enjoyed reliving those stories again and more importantly how those stories intersected with the other player.
I picked up this book because it reminded me of my grandpa watching golf. I enjoyed learning about these 2 personalities, but in the true spirit of golf, there were too many swear words for my liking.
Awesome read. Didn't think I would enjoy this book much. I love golf but how compelling can a story about two legends really be? Well it was one of the best stories I have read and I highly recommend it.

I didn't know much about these two, as I came to playing golf later in life. The bitter rivalry juxtaposed against a real friendship was fascinating. Also, it made these two "gods" human.
fascinating and exciting, I had no idea about their relationship with each other or the advancement of their sport. great story for all readers, not just fans of golf (which I am not).
great stories tremendous interviews, fun read
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