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Great Golfing Reads:

by Harvey Frommer

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Great Golfing Reads Just out are two books that should rank high on most lists as top "golf" reads of the season.

There is "Tournament Week" by John Strege (Cliff Street Books/HarperCollinsPublishers, 228pp., $24.00) and "The Mystery of Golf" by Arnold Haultain (Houghton Mifflin, 160pp., $15.00). Both books are fascinating inside looks filled with unusual views of the game of golf.

Strege's book focuses on a chronological excursion that yields a bumper crop of anecdotes and facts about golfers' surprising habits and the evolvement of tournament week itself. The author has covered professional golf for the past 14 years, is an editor for "Golf Digest" and a senior writer for "Golf World." So he is well qualified to handle his subject matter.

Among the very interesting nuggets Strege serves up are:

how golfers get to tournaments and the perks that await them, their wives and children and others players intentionally mislead the public into thinking they are using a particular brand of club, one they are paid to endorse, when they really are using a competing brand what the pros carry in their bags

inside stories about the sports psychologists and trainers who travel with golfers and routines used to stay in shape and out of trouble how they celebrate - Payne Stewart traveling home to see his kids off to school the next day; David Duval sipping Louis XIII cognac at $1,500 a bottle ....

"The Mystery of Golf " was originally published in 1908. Re-issued, re-packaged and enhanced by the afterward written by John Updike, it remains as its sub-title informs us "a Brief account of the Game: its Origin, Antiquity . . . Uniqueness, Curiousness & Its Difficulties; its anatomical, philosophical, and moral Properties . . ."

That, antiquated spelling and all, is a splendid summary of what this very interesting little book is all about.

The author, Arnold Haultain, was born in India to British parents, but lived most of his life in Canada where he played golf at the Toronto Golf Club and did a great deal of deep thinking about the sport. The book won't make you a better golfer, but it will definitely enhance your appreciation and understanding of the game.

Book Ends: Still in the golf genre and coming out June 13, "Driving Myself Crazy: Misadventures of a Novice Golfer" by Jessica Maxwell (Bantam Books, 224 pages, $23.95). The book is an irreverent and offbeat look at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Ms. Maxwell as she takes up the Scottish game.

"Coolest Game on the Road" by Mike Brehm and Mark Paddock (Total Sports, 238pp, $14.95,) is a fan's guide to every NHL city with maps, arena diagrams, ticket data, shopping and lodging data. If you are a hockey fan, this book belongs in your collection.


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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2014 by Harvey Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.


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