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I completely agree with Mark Wilsonwood's review and 3-star rating. He mentions that, "Many parts of it could have been written by anyone who's seen the one-hour summary of the tournament that's often shown on the Golf Channel." And he is absolutely right. In fact, my biggest disappointment in reading this very average-at-best book is that the author frequently quotes from or otherwise takes information, word for word, from the highlights video done by CBS shortly after the tournament, literally in 1986. Or from the other, much weaker video made in the last 3 or 4 years. If watching a couple of highlights videos and using them as your main sources allows you to write a book that you candidly state you intended to be the go-to work on the subject, you fell woefully short of such a lofty goal.
While there have been probably millions of excellent books written throughout time, if you have the rare audacity, as this author has, to state that your goal was to write the seminal work on the particular subject, you need to do more than just watch the two commercial videos created by apparently much better research teams, and then reciting them back in your book (and sometimes citing them for attribution!).
Moreover, the author states that he attended this 1986 tournament and followed Nicklaus, which initially sounds compelling, but there are precious few insights provided as a result of his being there to witness Jack personally. There is a lot of information taken instead from the aforementioned videos, as well as the reporting of other news men.
Though this book is somewhat informative beyond the sad situation described above, and for many it will be an extremely informative read if they haven't already watched the tournament live on TV or seen either of the two major highlights videos, someone could have learned 80% of what was in this book from just watching the official CBS one-hour highlights video or the other video, later shown repeatedly on ESPN and The Golf Channel, about this 1986 Masters.
In short, the book is around 95% the result of watching the two videos and reading and reporting back on the newspaper articles written by other reporters in 1986. This book, then, is really more a survey of other people's research, yet it is written as and purports to be a stand-alone book. As a result, I just cannot call this an excellent or even a good book. I can only give it credit for having assembled a bunch of information-- not a huge amount, but a decent amount-- with which to inform readers who have not already viewed this tournament on television when it happened or seen either of the highlights videos produced that cover the 1986 Masters.
The book does furnish some nice photos taken from the tournament, and the author apparently was able to do an interview with Jack Nicklaus, and possibly, if I recall correctly, other members of his family. Beyond that, it is hard to say that this book provided much original research.
Unfortunately, like other southern bred/educated authors of books about golf tournaments, this author just does not write particularly well and even makes some grammatical mistakes, although fewer than the frequent ones made by his fellow southern golf book authors. Maybe I am just too picky, but authors like Dick Schaap, who wrote the great, "Massacre at Winged Foot," write much more interestingly and at a higher level, and without making any grammar or punctuation mistakes at all.
I think that the 5-star reviews here must be from people who were not familiar with the television coverage and the previously-made two commercial videos. I have to say, though, that even if I were one of those people, had I been reading a book that regularly quoted from videos about the golf tournament, that alone would lower my opinion of the book, plenty.