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The Grand Slam By Mark Frost

The Grand Slam
by Mark Frost

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This is the story of Bobby Jones - a golfing legend, the most famous US sportsman of his era - and the mystery behind his abrupt retirement, at the height of his fame, aged only 28.
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The Grand Slam Summary

The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America and the story of golf by Mark Frost

In the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, an amateur golfer began a decade of unparalleled achievement, seeming a ray of light in an otherwise depressed America. Bobby Jones won the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open and the US Amateur Championship. A new phrase was born: The Grand Slam. A modest, sensitive man, a lawyer from a middle-class Atlanta family, Bobby Jones had barely survived a sickly childhood, and took up golf at the age of five for health reasons. Jones made his debut at the US Amateur Championship in 1916 and his genius was recognised by his inspiration, Francis Ouimet, but he had an ungovernable temper, and it wasn't until 1923 that Jones harnessed his talent, and eclipsed Ouimet. However, his health was never good, and the strain of completing the Slam exacted a ferocious toll; the US Open, played in July in blazing heat, nearly killed him. Jones fought to keep his fragile condition a secret from a country suffering from the Depression, but at the age of twenty-eight, after winning the US Amateur, he retired. His abrupt disappearance at the height of his renown inspired an impenetrable myth, to this day still fiercely protected by family and friends.

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The Grand Slam Reviews

Praise for THE GREATEST GAME: 'An extraordinary book...(with) passages that were so convincing they made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up' - The Times 'Mark Frost has done a wonderful job of capturing the moment of golf's awakening in America' - BEN CRENSHAW, 1999 US Ryder Cup Captain 'Brilliantly told... marries social history with sporting biography...vivid, often moving, portraits of the two protagonists' - Sunday Telegraph

About Mark Frost

Mark Frost is the author of THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED. He has written and produced several television series, including Hill Street Blues and Twin Peaks.

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The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America and the story of golf by Mark Frost
Mark Frost
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
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