The instant New York Times bestseller from acclaimed Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger—a warm, nostalgic, intimately reported account of golf’s greatest generation, and “maybe the best golf book I’ve ever read” (Bill Reynolds, The Providence Journal).
With “exceptional insight into some of America’s greatest players over the last half-century” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Men in Green is to golf what Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer was to baseball: a big-hearted account of the sport’s greats, from the household names to the private legends, those behind-the-curtain giants who never made the headlines.
Michael Bamberger, who has covered the game for twenty years at Sports Illustrated, shows us the big names as we’ve never seen them before: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Curtis Strange, Fred Couples—and the late Ken Venturi. But he also chronicles the legendary figures known only to insiders, who nevertheless have left an indelible mark on the sport. There’s a club pro, a teaching pro, an old black Southern caddie. There’s a tournament director in his seventies, a TV director in his eighties, and a USGA executive in his nineties. All these figures, from the marquee names to the unknowns, have changed the game. What they all share is a game that courses through their collective veins like a drug.
Was golf better back in the day? Men in Green weaves a history of the modern game that is personal, touching, inviting, and new. This meditation on aging and a celebration of the game is “a nostalgic visit and reminiscence with those who fashioned golf history…and should be cherished” (Golf Digest).
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Men in Green
This is a book which I wished would never end. If you love golf you will love this book. It tells a lot about those who play the game and about life.
MEN IN GREEN
This book is really a great read!
I would recommend this book to anyone, even those, as I, who have never picked up a golf club!
As a life time viewer of television golf, it was very interesting to read the insiders knowledge of the PGATOUR and those whom are/were members, the families and those whom make it all such interesting experience each tournament event!
Thanks, Mike and Mike and all those who helped by being interviewed etc!!
Better at watching
I couldn't put this book down. It was great to hear about Mike Donald. I have had a soft spot for and rooting interest in him since seeing him struggle one day at the Houston Open (with a caddie he was not happy with or was it the bad round that day) and the U.S. Open playoff loss. I'm glad to hear he is happy and got to live a blessed golf life. The stories were were a wonderful read. Do it again, Volume 2.