Ben Hogan: An American Life

Authorized, intimate, and definitive, Ben Hogan A Life is the long awaited biography of one of golf s greatest, most enigmatic legends, narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Dodson a critically acclaimed national bestseller One man is often credited with shaping the landscape of modern golf Ben Hogan was a short, trim, impeccably dressed Texan whAuthorized, intimate, and definitive, Ben Hogan A Life is the long awaited biography of one of golf s greatest, most enigmatic legends, narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Dodson a critically acclaimed national bestseller One man is often credited with shaping the landscape of modern golf Ben Hogan was a short, trim, impeccably dressed Texan whose fierce work ethic, legendary steel nerves, and astonishing triumph over personal disaster earned him not only an army of adoring fans, but one of the finest careers in the history of the sport Hogan captured a record tying four U.S Opens, won five of six major tournaments in a single season, and inspired future generations of professional golfers from Palmer to Norman to Woods.Yet for all his brilliance, Ben Hogan was an enigma He was an American hero whose personal life, inner motivation, and famed secret were the source of great public mystery As Hogan grew into a giant on the pro tour, the combination of his cool outward demeanor and invincible, laser guided accuracy on the golf course froze formidable opponents in their tracks In 1949, at the peak of his career, Hogan s mystique was reinforced by a catastrophic automobile accident in which he and his wife, Valerie, were nearly killed after being hit head on by a Greyhound bus Doctors predicted Hogan might never walk again let alone set foot on another golf course But his miraculous three year recovery and comeback led to one of the greatest performances in golf history when in 1953 he won the Masters, the U.S Open, and the British Open something that s never been repeated In this first ever family authorized biography, renowned author James Dodson expertly and emotionally reconstructs Hogan s complicated life He discovers an intensely honest man handicapped by self doubt, buoyed by the determination to prove his own abilities, and unable to escape a long buried childhood tragedy the core of the Hogan secret Dodson also reveals both the legendary devotion and eventual strain in Hogan s sixty two year marriage, and a Hogan rarely seen by the public a warm, jovial man whose charitable spirit and sharp business sense enabled him to build the powerful golf equipment company bearing his name to this day Ben Hogan A Life is the authoritative inside portrait golf fans have long awaited.
Ben Hogan An American Life Authorized intimate and definitive Ben Hogan A Life is the long awaited biography of one of golf s greatest most enigmatic legends narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Do

  • Title: Ben Hogan: An American Life
  • Author: James Dodson
  • ISBN: 9780767908634
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Dodson's comprehensive and well researched narrative of golf's most compelling star keenly glosses over the rougher edges of Hogan's life without ignoring them. Most telling in this regard is Dodson's insistence that Hogan's socially cold shoulder is a psychological defense barrier protecting a dark secret. Dodson skillfully weaves Ben's dark secret, the death of his father, into the dark thread of personal tragedy throughout the entire work. Dodson creates a cocoon of sympathy around Ben as he [...]

    2. Ben Hogan was a very complex man. He was an introvert, whose private nature hid complex and painful depths. Hogan was reserved, seeming cold and impersonal to those who didn’t know him. He did not entertain the media, providing very direct, often one word answers to questions. Adding to his mystique was his golden brown skin and impeccable wardrobe. Nobody else dressed or looked like him, creating the allure of a godlike figure who hit perfect shots, was always in control, and thrived in the m [...]

    3. fantastic. I didn't know much about the man except that he came was a great player who was victim of a car accident but returned to continue his remarkable career, this was the story that I heard, it didn't seem like much. Early in his career many thought he would never win a tournament. having two separate tries at making it as a tour player, he failed miserably and limped home broke. on what was his "final" attempt, he finally learned to win and that led to a few more tournament wins. He had f [...]

    4. James Dobson's An American Life is the definitive Biography of Ben Hogan, who won 9 Majors in his career and dominated the sport in his era. Hogan was one of the most beloved sports figures of his day, but was notoriously shy off the course, preferring the company of a few close friends to the prying eyes of an adoring public, because of this he was unfairly saddled with the nickname "The Wee Ice Man" Dobson has managed to penetrate the curtain of silence that has always surrounded Hogan, talkin [...]

    5. This biography is a fascinating story of a man who had to overcome so many obstacles to achieve greatness, and is an inspiring reminder that greatness usually doesn’t come easily. Mr. Dodson comes as close as possible to accurately portraying a very complex man, a man who will always be an enigma to many. My only criticism of this book is its length. I wonder if so many details are necessary. I guess to some readers they are. To me, however, it slowed the book down.If I could I've give this bo [...]

    6. A fascinating, well-written, and thoroughly researched book about an amazing man. I am a golf fan, but this book is so expansive from a historical and human standpoint that golf knowledge is not required. Two of many examples that stand out to me: Jack Fleck's epiphany from a bathroom mirror and the melancholy (my emotion) yet uplifting (go figure) last days of Hogan's life. I can't wait to read this again, and that's my barometer to measure what makes a book great.

    7. A very detailed accounting of Ben Hogan's life. I've gained an appreciation for his influence upon the sport of golf that is still with us today. I learned something that otherwise hasn't been widely reported. Ben Hogan is truly one of golf's pioneers of shot-making.

    8. Great book, even for those of you that don't appreciate the game (and if you don't, what good are you?) Anyway, good read. Hogan was, in many ways, a combination of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

    9. Spectacular read. Was a bit apprehensive because of its density, but the pages flew by. An absolute pleasure. Despite the fantastic material, the flow of writing is truly what makes this a breeze and so much fun.

    10. If you have a passion for golf, this is the book for you. I just haven't acquired a knack for the sport quite yet. Pretty inspiring read though.

    11. Best biography of any type/genre that I have read. It reads easily and you cannot put it down. It may sound cliched, but it is true.

    12. Loved this book, if your a fan of golf history or sports in my opinion it has to include obtaining knowledge and understanding of the importance of Ben Hogan. This is the book!!

    13. What a true life story about resilience, perseverance and just practicing your craft. So many ups and downs Ben Hogan went through. He was an amazing golfer in his day. Wow.

    14. I'm in the middle of re-reading this a second time. I really like this book and not because of golf, but because of the careful research and description of Ben Hogan the human being.

    15. I think if you are a golfer this is a must read. One of the best non-fiction books I have read - ever. Hogan was an interesting and remarkable guy and Dodson is a great story teller.

    16. One of my favorite sports related books Ben Hogan was an amazing player and person. His recovery from an life-threatening car accident was inspiring. Want to read this one again!

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