The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia

Version: Unabridged
Author: Curt Sampson
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: Sports & Recreation
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2013
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 12 minutes
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The Masters golftournament weaves a hypnotic spell. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant ofcareers. But as Curt Sampson, author of the bestseller Hogan, reveals in The Masters,a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum fa├žade of this famous Augustacourse.
The Mastersis an amazing slice of history. Sampson takes us inside the presidency ofDwight D. Eisenhower, Augusta's most famous member. He explores the relationshipsbetween races, between Southerners and Northerners, between rich and poor-withsuch characters as famous soul musician James Brown, the great boxer BeauJack, and Frank Stranahan, the only white professional golfer ever banned from thetournament.
Club and tournamentfounder Clifford Roberts, who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago,still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure,Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters one of the greatest golf tournaments in the world. Roberts's relationship with presidents, power brokers, and thegreat golf champions of the time-Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus,to name a few-are brought to light in this spellbinding portrait of a tournamentunlike any other.

Reviews (1)

An Ace

Written by Tom from Lafayette, IN on August 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Probably (no definitely) just for die hard golf fans and those of us who are enthralled with August National. A great history that the author probably took years to research. Very well done and insightful work about the Holy Grail of golfdome.

Author Details

Author Details

Sampson, Curt

Curt Sampson is a former golf touring professional and a regular contributor to Golf magazine and He is the author of seven books, including the bestsellers "The Masters" and "Hogan" - about which Steve Jones said, "I couldn't have won the US Open without reading this book." His most recent book, "Royal and Ancient", is a behind-the-scenes look at the British Open. He lives in Ennis, Texas.