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Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry par [O'Connor, Ian]
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In this lengthy and occasionally slow-going read, sports columnist O'Connor documents the decades-long rivalry between Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The two men couldn't have been more different, both on the field and off. Palmer, several years Nicklaus's senior, was an effortlessly charming man, a self-made champion from humble Pennsylvania roots who bashed line drives with astounding force. Nicklaus, meanwhile, was more introverted and endured endless taunting from those who saw him as a cheerless striver caring only about winning. The two men rode their rivalry as golf grew from a sleepy amateur-only sport through its postwar boom into one of America's leading pastimes. Along the way, the men (whose wives became fast friends, and who themselves got along reasonably well) also accrued massive fortunes through an endless string of endorsements, business deals and golf-course building. As rivalries go, Nicklaus and Palmer's is more interesting than some, and O'Connor's account will likely appeal to hardcore golf fans. (Apr.)
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Thrillingly dramatic depictions… Comprehensive interviews humanize the two legends while contextualizing their roles in the game's history… Exemplary.
Kirkus Reviews

"Finely written, intricately researched and smartly reported." --

"Superb...Arresting." New York Post

"You can't go wrong writing or reading about those two guys, and O'Connor certainly got it right." Newsday

"Fascinating . . . A nice mix of golf history and interpersonal dynamics." Booklist, ALA

"A considerable amount of original research... Recommended." Library Journal

"Refreshing and captivating." Tampa Tribune

"O’Connor’s readers a picture-perfect view of how they made the sport what it is today." — John Feinstein

“…THE definitive book on [Arnie and Jack’s] often complicated but honorable relationship.” — Gene Wojciechowski

“O’Connor explains the most complicated of human relationships in the simplest of terms…the fascinating journey…should not be missed.” — Bill Plaschke

“A classic work…the most riveting personal moments...[it] is the best thing I’ve read in a long while.” — Edwin Pope

“O’Connor, reporting in rich detail … while lifting golf to the big leagues of American sports.” — Dave Kindred

". . . an exceptional read." USA Today

"O’Connor's book is great because it reminds you how much fun and how ferocious golf used to be." Kansas City Star

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0224082515
  • Editeur : Mariner Books; Édition : 1 (8 avril 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It's okay is all. 11 novembre 2013
Par dennis - Publié sur
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Not the best.

The book has some really interesting things I learned about these two giants in sports, and I love these guys is why I bought the book. My issues is that Jack and Arnold built their careers on class and character. That being said, I wish the author took a lesson from that example and used better language instead of so many curse words and street language like "snot" and many more Amazon won't let me write even in a review. It really detracts from the book to me, but I love the subject so much I try to block it out.

Maybe he wanted to show the connection to the street with Arnold but I think Arnold would be embarrassed about the attempt myself and it's totally unnecessary and should be used with football and basketball players perhaps but not these two.

Arnold and Jack were not only the worlds best golfers, but also first class wonderful human beings and serve as examples to us in many ways. Un-like the thugs and criminals and those that lack all character in sports today, like "Eldrick Tont Woods", these two show it's possible to capture the imagination and respect of the world and still be honest and kind and give back to the game.
They are hero's of mine, and I love reading about how they lived their lives. An okay book...not a great one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The King, The Golden Bear, And A Rivalry For The Ages 3 mai 2008
Par tides24 - Publié sur
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I grew up a member of Jack's Pack, having been born a little too late to be a soldier in Arnie's Army. It's funny how sports moments can stay with you. As I watched the Masters this year, in my mind's eye, I could see the Golden Bear prowling those greens. Ghosts of Augusta.

This book tells the tale of two of Golf's titans, both their individual stories, and the story of their complicated relationship, from the first time they met, to the present day. Arnold Palmer, muscular arms bulging out of his short-sleeved shirts, cigarette hanging from his lips, going for every pin, with that wild looking swing of his. Jack Nicklaus: once Fat Jack, before he transformed himself. Picture perfect on the course, but not with the galleries, never getting the love that they showered on Palmer, the King. To say it was love/hate would be an understatement. They competed to the death in everything, but cared about each other much more than they would let on. Ironically, each wanted to be the other. Arnie wanted all those Majors, and the title of Greatest Golfer ever. Jack wanted the popularity and love that Arnie always had. But as Arnie said, "You can only be so many things in life."

The book is wonderfully written. You almost feel like you were there, as the author describes so many memorable Arnie/Jack duels. There is also a fascinating look at their wives. Winnie Palmer & Barbara Nicklaus were fast friends from the moment they met, even as their husbands were trying to beat each other's brains out. When I finished this book, I remember thinking, "I really enjoyed that." I think you will,too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The competition of two lifetimes 14 octobre 2016
Par Andre L. Armstrong - Publié sur
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Two of golf and sports greatest competitors are revealed for their true selves. Lovable, admirable, intensely friends, but more intense rivals. The stories, insights and anecdotes of the two legends are captured from start to finish. We all knew them, but now we can know them for who they were, lifelong rivals.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good golf read, even though a bit over done and repetitive 5 juillet 2008
Par J. Duncan - Publié sur
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In order to tell his story, the author goes out of his way to draw a contrast between Palmer and Nicklaus; Jack was calculating, Arnie was daring; Jack wasn't aware of galleries, Arnie played to them; Jack was tubby and not photogenic, Arnie was built like a middleweight prize fighter and charismatic; Arnie played a low draw, Jack a high fade; Arnie was blue collar, Jack was pampered, and on and on. In short, Arnie wanted what Jack had (the best golfing talent) and Jack wanted what Arnie had (fan's adoration.) It's ok to hear this a few times in the early part to set the stage, but the author seems to repeat and rephrase this every few pages. He also makes too much of the Nicklaus/Palmer rivalry, to the near exclusion of any other players entering into the picture.

But the stylistic flaw and over stated case don't overwhelm what is otherwise an extremely well researched book with many heretofore unknown revelations. For example, did you know that:

- Palmer 1st played with Nicklaus in an exhibition when Nicklaus was an amateur. Even at that early age Nicklaus easily won their impromptu long drive competition;
- Nicklaus was relentlessly harassed by Palmer's galleries, no more so than the US Open at Oakmont where he beat Palmer in a playoff;
- Nicklaus hated being paired with Palmer at the Masters in the late 90's, because he never wanted to play a ceremonial role in competition and he was distracted by Arnie's playing to the galleries;
- Their rivalry extended off the course in the arena of product endorsements, golf course design contracts and their own tournaments at Muirfield and Bay Hill.

These are just a few of literally hundreds of "gee, I didn't know that" revelations.

Perhaps some of the most interesting parts come towards the end when the book focuses on the race and gender aspects of golf. Neither Jack nor Arnie were proactive in helping to eliminate the PGA Tour's former caucasian-only policy and they were silent during Augusta's men-only stand-off with Martha Burke. Whereas Gary Player differentiated himself from both with a very vocal opposition to Augusta's policy and support for black golfers Lee Elder and Charlie Sifford.

All in all a very worthwhile golf read, despite its flaws. As Gary Koch might say "better than most, better than most!"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Look Back 10 mars 2011
Par E. Woolf - Publié sur
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I grew up watching golf with my father. As a child of the '70's, however, I never knew Arnold Palmer at the top of his game. Jack Nicklaus was all but worshipped in our house, so it was inconceivable to me that the golf world had ever disliked him. "Arnie & Jack" gave me the history between the two great men in the sport, and so much more insight into what life on the tour was like with these two giants battling each other.

Perhaps most interesting to me was seeing that the reaction of Arnie's Army to the young upstart Nicklaus was almost exactly the same way my father reacted to Tiger Woods when he burst upon the scene (and started breaking Jack's records!).

I've never played a round of golf in my life (unless you count miniature), but have greatly enjoyed John Feinstein's books on the game. This is right up there with "A Good Walk Spoiled" and "The Majors", and anyone who appreciates the sport should enjoy this greatly.
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