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"Open" by John Feinstein (Little, Brown, 367 pages, $25.95) is a wide
ranging and often fascinating look at how the 2002 U.S. Open Championship
came into existence. Sub-titled "Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black," the
book goes into much detail about people and events.
Feinstein, a best-selling author, writes with passion about how the
"Black" was transformed from a sort of seedy public golf course to one
called demanding, rigorous, "one of the toughest par-70 I've ever played
in my life." If you want a great golfing read - here it is.
"The Golf Voodoo Kit" by Michael Corcoran (Running Press, $9.95, 64
pages) comes with a soft, cotton doll, printed with bad and good spells,
sticking-pins that are tee-shaped and funny and no so funny tips for
"Golf Essentials for Dummies" by Gary McCord (Running Press, 127 pages)
is an over-sized hardcover loaded with tips, pics, golf speak. Great books
for golfers who want to be better golfers.
One of the more inspirational books to come along in quite a while is
"Alpine Achievement" by Lori J. Batcheller (lstBooks Library, $14.50, 188
pages). For someone like me who has trouble just standing upright going
downhill, to read about those who ski without the benefit of both their
legs, arms or even sight - - is moving and powerful. In clear and
organized language, Ms. Batcheller has pulled off an enjoyable and
motivational read about the courage and spirit of the U.S. Disable Ski
"Play Poker Like the Pros" by Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (Quill, $15.95, 394
pages) is tips and stories from the man considered the world's greatest
poker player - seven-time winner of the World Series of Poker. How to
beat opponents in cyber-space, the fine art of bluffing, the five basic
principles of poker - all of these and more amplify and expand the title
of the book.
The sub-title says it's about the "dark and beautiful world of horse
racing." That truly encapsulates what "Three Strides before the Wire" by
Elizabeth Mitchell (Hyperion, $14.95, 403 pages) is all about. This is a
book that fuses stories of owners, trainers, jockeys, fans and gets at the
history of horse racing in a fast paced narrative.
One of the more beautiful looking books in recent years is "The Pictorial
History of Hockey" by Joseph Romain (Thunder Bay Press, 256 over-sized
pages). Stories and images of arenas, games, players move from grainy
black and white into lavish full color. The reader is there through the
decades in this incredible in depth look at the great sport of hockey.
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
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