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American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
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In this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, one of the most accomplished and successful writers about the game explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods.
 
During the Depression—after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones (winning the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1930) had faded in the public’s imagination—golf’s popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from...
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        James Dodson is the editor of O. Henry and PineStraw magazines and an award-winning writer-in-residence at The Pilot newspaper. He is the author of Ben Hogan's authorized biography and worked with Arnold Palmer on his, and his other best-selling books include Final Rounds, The Dewsweepers, and A Son of the Game. He wrote a column for Golf Magazine for nearly twenty years, and in 2011 he received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for his contribution to golf literature.

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      • source: Charles McGrath, The New York Times Book Review
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        "Evokes an era when golf was more vivid and less corporate....Dodson manages to reanimate his chosen three. His book makes a convincing case that Snead, Nelson and Hogan really did usher in the modern era of golf--because of the quality of their play and the dramatic nature of their rivalry--and it's also a fascinating biographical account of three gifted, unusual men....That all three should come along at the same time and that their lives should interweave so intricately--one or another of them was always on top of the leader board, it seems--is almost uncanny, a stroke of singular good fortune both for golf and for people who like to read about it."

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      • source: The Tampa Tribune
      • content: "The research is thorough and meticulous. The writing is superb... If you love golf, this book should be on your shelf."
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      • source: Ben Crenshaw
      • content: "Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson will always be long remembered as giants of the game. Jim's depiction of them magnifies the brilliance of the three, who strangely enough we all born in the year 1912. What a year!"
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      • source: Michael Bamberger
      • content: "I read it at night, and saw Hogan, Snead and Nelson in my dreams. American Triumvirate is populated by giants, roaming the country in big American-made cars in search of greatness. I'm only sorry Herb Wind isn't around to enjoy it. Jim Dodson has stepped right into the dean's old shoes."
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      • source: Lorne Rubenstein, author of Moe and Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius
      • content: "James Dodson brings his formidable skills as a raconteur and historian to this rich and sweeping narrative that will engage and move you. His breezy tone made me feel I was with him as he chatted with Hogan, Nelson, and Snead. American Triumvirate is a major contribution to golf's literature. To read it is to appreciate the power of storytelling in the hands of a master, and what a cast of characters! This singular chronicler of the game--its people, its culture, its tapestry--has done it again."
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      • source: Barney Adams, founder and chairman, Adams Golf
      • content: "Golf is enriched by its history. Thankfully we have writers like Jim Dodson, who with his great love of the game and exceptional writing ability allows the reader to experience the golfing life of three of the game's greatest players as they bring awareness of the professional game to the level we know today."
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      • source: Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness
      • content: "It's always a pleasure to welcome a new book from James Dodson...without doubt one of the best golf writers....But in American Triumvirate, he has almost outdone himself. Filled to the brim with biographical tidbits, insightful golf history and loving portraits of these golfing musketeers in the early years of professional golf history, Dodson's book captures it all in a readable and exciting narrative. He seems to have interviewed everyone who knew them, and the stories and anecdotes make us feel like we're right there watching their near perfect golf swings over and over again."
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        March 1, 2012
        Evoking a Golden Age of American golf. Within a span of a few months in 1912, three golfing legends were born: Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. The trio would transform the game of golf, bringing it greater popularity than ever before and paving the way for the sport's mainstream acceptance in the United States. This "American Triumvirate" competed furiously against one another from the Great Depression through World War II and, at least as far as Hogan and Snead were concerned, well into the 1950s. At various time each man could stake a claim to being the world's best golfer. In this triple biography, golf writer Dodson (A Son of the Game, 2010, etc.) explores the inevitably intertwined lives of these three giants, exploring their personal foibles and struggles as well as their golf careers, and he conjures a picture of how golf came into its own in the American sporting firmament. With crisp prose, the author captures the feel of mid-century America and the game of golf before an era of multimillion-dollar endorsement deals, unimaginable tournament purses and 24-hour global TV coverage. Indeed, Dodson clearly shows how Nelson, Hogan and Snead essentially created the world of golf as it exists today. Occasionally the author gets caught up in vague pronoun usage within the overlapping paths of his protagonists, and only true golf fans will find all of the blow-by-blow accounts of significant tournaments compelling. Nonetheless, the book is a fine example of sports history and popular American history. There may well never be an American golfing trio to compare with Nelson, Snead and Hogan. Thanks to Dodson we now have a much better idea of why they were so vital to a sport that continues to simultaneously fascinate and vex millions of people across the country and the world.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        October 1, 2011

        Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan: three near-mythic golf champions dominant from the 1930s to the 1950s. They were all born in 1912, so what better time than their centenary to celebrate their accomplishments? From Dodson, a former Golf magazine writer responsible for Hogan's authorized biography; with a four-city tour.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Starred review from February 15, 2012
        Most of golf history has been dominated by threesomes, from Englishmen Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor, and James Braid at the turn of the last century; through Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, and Bobby Jones in the 1920s; to Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan in the mid-twentieth century; and on to Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus in the 1960s and 1970s. Dodson, author of Ben Hogan: An American Life (2004), focuses here on those midcentury titans, all born in 1912, who rescued a Depression- and war-ravaged professional golf tour and launched the game's modern age. Alternating between accounts of the careers of the three very different menthe quiet, pious Nelson; the outgoing, free-and-easy Snead; and the demon-haunted, practice-obsessed Hoganthe author effectively re-creates an era when professional golfers competed for paltry sums, carpooled across the country, and were forced to play on many courses that bore little in common with the well-manicured clubs of today. The triumphs of Snead, Hogan, and Nelson changed all that, and the competition among the three gave postwar golf the headline-appeal it needed, setting the table for the game to be launched into the television era on the broad shoulders of Arnold Palmer. Dodson makes the most of the rich history he recounts with first-rate narrative skill, developing the surprisingly complex characters of his three protagonists with the care of a fine historical novelist. Absorbing reading for anyone who follows professional golf.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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During the Depression, after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones's triumphant Grand Slam in 1930 had faded in the public imagination, golf's popularity fell year after year, and as a professional sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt-poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans. But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties...

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