Unlimited [Science Fiction Book] ☆ American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf - by James Dodson ✓

By James Dodson | Comments: ( 676 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

In this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, one of the most accomplished and successful writers about the game explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of playersIn this celebration of three legendary champions on the centennial of their births in 1912, one of the most accomplished and successful writers about the game explains the circumstances that made each of them so singularly brilliant and how they, in turn, saved not only the professional tour but modern golf itself, thus making possible the subsequent popularity of players from Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods During the Depression after the exploits of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen and Bobby Jones winning the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1930 had faded in the public s imagination golf s popularity fell year after year, and as a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction This was the unhappy prospect facing two dirt poor boys from Texas and another from Virginia who had dedicated themselves to the game yet could look forward only to eking out a subsistence living along with millions of other Americans But then lightning struck, and from the late thirties into the fifties these three men were so thoroughly dominant each setting a host of records that they transformed both how the game was played and how society regarded it Sports fans in general are well aware of Hogan and Nelson and Snead, but even the most devoted golfers will learn a great many new things about them here Their hundredth birthdays will be commemorated throughout 2012 Nelson born in February, Snead in May, and Hogan in August but as this comprehensive and compelling account vividly demonstrates, they were, and will always remain, a triumvirate for the ages.


  • Title: American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
  • Author: James Dodson
  • ISBN: 9780307272492
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

James Dodson

James Dodson is the author of seven books, including Final Rounds and Ben Hogan An American Life He lives with his family in Southern Pines, North Carolina.



Comments American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

  • John

    This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and this book chronicles these three amazing golfers, their careers and their development into three of the post famous golfers in the 20th century. I had heard of all three and I knew Hogan had been in a terrible car accident, but I really did not know much more about them, but I found it fascinating that all three were born the same year, two from Texas and one from Virginia, and the lives they led. If you [...]


  • Jimmy

    Enjoyable book for anyone interested in the history of golf. I've gained a much deeper appreciation for the greatness of Nelson, Hogan and Snead. Also enjoyed learning a bit more about guys like Jimmy Demaret, Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones. Dobson can get a bit long winded at times, but this is recommended reading for all golf nerds out there.


  • Mike

    The story has a lot of basic potential. It weaves the lives of the US Trinity -- "Slammin'" Sam Snead, "Lord" Byron Nelson & Ben "The Hawk" Hogan -- whose rivalry created modern Golf and announced the rise of US dominance of the sport. Sadly, the tale suffers at the literary ineptitude of James "Hands of Stone, Ears of Tin" Dodson.


  • Wally

    A very well written book that is American social history from the perspective of the development of professional golf. By reading about the legends of the formation of the PGA, we learn the growth of travel, WWII, development of golf courses, the beginning of television and sports broadcasting all as we are reading about 3 very remarkable men and their families.


  • Dan Ward

    If you like golf then this a great read for you. I knew the names ot the golfers but never had read their back stories. The author does a great job of telling all three stories in one. Sometimes the book gets a bit long winded on the history of golf prior to this trio but the story gets more interesting as you read.


  • David Longo

    Plain and simple, this is a fantastic read. James Dodson writes a lot of golf books. This one does him proud. A triple biography of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead that is honest and very even in length and scope, Dodson teaches the reader a lot about the post - WWII generation of golfers who brought the game to new heights.


  • Jason Walker

    Golf is a dumb sport, but one that I enjoy. Reading about these three lions of the game was amazing. Dodson gives us the personal and the entertainment news of the day as he unfolds the history of the three dominating the sport for two decades -- and revolutionizing the golf swing in the midst of a world war.


  • Mark

    If you golf and appreciate its history of traditions, this is a great book. Dodson previously wrote an excellent book about icon Ben Hogan (An American Life) and he outdid that book with American Triumvirate. A New York Times 2012 top 10 book and well worth the read


  • ken whitsitt

    Three gophersThree golfers who put the game on the map. I am looking forward to reading more about these three great men in sports. I love the game of golf and my license plate on my truck is 1GOFNT.


  • Jay Resnick

    Although i liked Dodson's biography of Ben Hogan, this book did not grab me. Perhaps because he was trying to tell three stories and those stories did not jell, it read as a somewhat tedious summary of tournaments played.


  • Joan

    Three very different men, born in the same year (1912), who approached golf and life differently and who changed not just professional golf, but golf for the average hacker, immensely. A book that anyone who's interested in the history of golf would love.


  • Don Gorman

    This book is for sports fans, and especially golf fans. Dodson is a premier golf writer and he really shows his chops here Great insights into Nelson, Hogan and Snead. A not too boring chronology of their on and off course achievements and failures. As a golf nut, I really liked it.


  • Patricia

    If you like everything golf, you will like this book.


  • Audience

    another history of American golf in 40s and 50s. always a fan of Hogan and his time.


  • Mike

    Quite possibly the best golf history book I've ever read.


  • Len Roberto

    wonderful and should be required reading for anyone who loves the game of golf


  • Mike

    Very well-written journey into the lives of 3 of America's best golfers, in any era.


  • John Roach

    Good history of Ben, Byron and Sam's influence on the tour. They essentially saved it from demise.


  • Priscilla Mcanally

    Good book. Found it interesting. There may have some places where better editing would have helped, but overall I enjoyed it.


  • Burt

    I loved reading about the trials and tribulations of the early golf pro's. The golf tour they played then is nothing like we see today.


  • Bill Fairchild

    golfers must read


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