The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

By Mark Frost
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19.12 Hours 12/01/2004 unabridged
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In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open, and finally, the US Amateur Championship—an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it. A natural, self-taught player, the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight throughout his entire career. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse. By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented, intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones. In the tradition of The Greatest Game Ever PlayedThe Grand Slam blends social history with sports biography, captivating the imagination and engaging the listener—it is a biography not to be missed.

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A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a twenty-eight-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open, and finally, the US Amateur Championship—an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam. No one has ever repeated it.

A natural, self-taught player, the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight throughout his entire career. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse.

By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Jones made the shocking announcement that he was retiring from the game. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create the mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day.

Mark Frost uses a wealth of original research to provide an unprecedented, intimate portrait of golf great Bobby Jones. In the tradition of The Greatest Game Ever PlayedThe Grand Slam blends social history with sports biography, captivating the imagination and engaging the listener—it is a biography not to be missed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Frost understands pace and structure, and he has a gift for dramatizing historic golf matches and making them seem suspenseful all over again…He has a feel for golf history.” New York Times
“Frost identifies what makes Jones continually interesting and startlingly contemporary.”   Sports Illustrated
“With clear, crisp prose Frost does a great job of bringing Jones’ assault on the Grand Slam back to life.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“If you thought you knew the story of Bobby Jones and the Grand Slam, then think again.” Scottish Golf Magazine
“Before Arnold, Jack and Tiger, there was Bobby…the only individual to have been recognized with two ticker tape parades down Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes. Frost has written a swift, surefooted account of Jones’ remarkable life and career.” Publishers Weekly
“Frost does a fine job of recounting the tenor of the times…Highly recommended for all sports collections.” Library Journal
“An excellent book of golf history.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Mark Frost

Mark Frost received a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues and was cocreator and executive producer of the legendary television series Twin Peaks. In 2005 he wrote and produced The Greatest Game Ever Played, a major motion picture based on his book of the same name. An avid golfer, Frost lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York with his wife and son.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 19.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English