Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods New York Times Bestseller Irresistible Immensely readable The authors have laid out a saga that is part myth part Shakespeare part Jackie Collins A whirlwind of a biography that reads hones

  • Title: Tiger Woods
  • Author: Jeff Benedict
  • ISBN: 1501126423
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 New York Times Bestseller Irresistible Immensely readable The authors have laid out a saga that is part myth, part Shakespeare, part Jackie Collins.A whirlwind of a biography that reads honest and true The Wall Street Journal A confident and substantial book It has torque and velocity It makes a sweet sound, like a well struck golf ball I found it exhilarating, dep 1 New York Times Bestseller Irresistible Immensely readable The authors have laid out a saga that is part myth, part Shakespeare, part Jackie Collins.A whirlwind of a biography that reads honest and true The Wall Street Journal A confident and substantial book It has torque and velocity It makes a sweet sound, like a well struck golf ball I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry, and moving in almost equal measure It s a big American story The New York TimesBased on years of reporting and interviews with than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods s life many of whom have never spoken about him on the record before a sweeping, revelatory, and defining biography of an American icon.In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life Married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children, he was the winner of fourteen major golf championships and earning than 100 million annually But it was all a carefully crafted illusion As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years one that unraveled in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving night car crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional lives over a cliff Still, the world has always wondered Who is Tiger Woods, really In Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the New York Times bestseller The System, look deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to that question To find out, they conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every facet of Woods s life friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, coaches, business associates, physicians, Tour pros, and members of Woods s inner circle From those interviews, and extensive, carefully sourced research, they have uncovered new, intimate, and surprising details about the man behind the myth We read an inside account of Tiger s relationship with his first love, Dina Gravell, and their excruciating breakup at the hands of his parents We learn that Tiger s longtime sports agency, International Management Group IMG , made 50,000 annual payments to Tiger s father, Earl Woods, as a talent scout years before Tiger was their client We discover startling new details about Earl, who died in 2006 and to this day lies in an unmarked grave We come along as Tiger plunges into the Las Vegas and New York nightclub worlds alongside fellow superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley We are whisked behind the scenes during the National Enquirer s globetrotting hunt to expose Tiger s infidelity, and we get a rare look inside his subsequent sex addiction treatment at the Pine Grove facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi But the portrait of Woods that emerges in Tiger Woods is far rewarding than revelations alone By tracing his life from its origins as the mixed race son of an attention seeking father and the original Tiger Mom who programmed him to be the chosen one, tasked with changing not just the game of golf but the world as well the authors provide a wealth of new insight into the human being trapped inside his parents creation We meet the lonely, introverted child prodigy who has trouble connecting with other kids because of his stutter and unusual lifestyle We experience the thrill and confusion of his meteoric rise to stardom And we come to understand the grown man s obsession with extreme training and deep sea diving despite their potential for injury as a rare source of the solitude he craves Most of all, we are reminded, time and time again, of Woods s singular greatness and the exhilaration we felt watching an athletic genius dominate his sport for nearly twenty years But at what cost Benedict and Keteyian provide the answers in an extraordinary biography that is destined to become the defining book about an authentic American legend and to linger in the minds of readers for years to come Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 512 pages Published March 27th 2018 by Simon Schuster More Details ISBN 1501126423 ISBN13 9781501126420 Other Editions 16 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Tiger Woods, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Has Tiger had any reaction to this book 1 likelike one year ago Add your answer Hal I doubt he would address it directly, avoiding any kind of credence its credibility But I can imagine it would not be pretty flag See 1 question about Tiger Woods Lists with This Book Farnam Street What I m Reading in 2018 78 books 20 voters TheRenaissanceKid s 2018 Books Part 2 86 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.34 Rating details 4,004 ratings 380 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 376 More filters Sort order Apr 13, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction Warning Harsh rating ahead I love golf, but after reading this bookI will never cheer for Tiger Woods.I had a very difficult time deciding how to rate this book What rating do you give a well written book about a really lousy person So let s be clearthe four stars are for the book, not the subject of the book While the book was interesting, I could not read than 2 or 3 chapters at a time because it made me seethe with anger and disgust at just about everything having to do wi Warning Harsh rating ahead I love golf, but after reading this bookI will never cheer for Tiger Woods.I had a very difficult time deciding how to rate this book What rating do you give a well written book about a really lousy person So let s be clearthe four stars are for the book, not the subject of the book While the book was interesting, I could not read than 2 or 3 chapters at a time because it made me seethe with anger and disgust at just about everything having to do with Tiger Woods I get it.he grew up in an incredibly bizarre family There is no other way to say it.he had lousy parents People can say all they want about him being the greatest golfer ever, which is exactly what his parents raised him to be But they did not teach him one thing about being a decent human being, so it s no surprise that he is not That sounds harsh, I know, but lots of people have lousy parents or difficult childhoods and rise above it Tiger did not To this day he defends his parents which sounds so lovely and loyal, but shows how completely oblivious he is I was fortunate enough to attend The Masters this year 2018 and heard people rumbling about the possibility of Patrick Reed winning the Masters which he did and how they couldn t stand the guy and couldn t cheer for him I knew a little of his back story I had to look it up on the internet for details and admittedly he had done some shady things in the past He was and is not the typical gentleman that people associate with golf Let s be clearthing Patrick Reed has done can ever compare to the mess of a life that Tiger has led both on and off the course The destruction that Woods has left in his wake is unbelievable Yet, at the Masters this yearI witnessed the same people who talked poorly of Reed, applaud and cheer every time Tiger came into view I don t get it I don t care how good you are at Golf, or at anything else Character should matter And in my opinion, Tiger has zero People will criticize me and saydoesn t everyone deserve a second chance Sure ok I hope for the sake of his kids that he figures it out and someday finds how to have a sliver of decency But there are too many good guys to cheer for on and off the golf course and I won t waste my breath on Tiger Woods It is hard for me to recommend this book because it contained graphic language and filth which I normally try to stay away from But there is no way to tell the story of Tiger Woods without it because apparently that is an integral part of who he is flag 25 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Apr 28, 2018 Darin Mirante rated it liked it 400 pages of complex devastation A few pages of hopeful redemption Ultimately, a book about how parenting shapes us flag 19 likesLike see review Apr 12, 2018 Mehrsa rated it it was ok So maybe I m not the audience for this book I don t really like gold or gossip about famous people The book felt to me a bit unethical like maybe you shouldn t write an unauthorized biography about someone still living I would love to hear the story from Tiger himself or someone still close to him I liked Open by Aggassi or at least liked it better than this even though I don t care about Aggassi or tennis I was hoping that this would be an illuminating profile, but mostly I felt guilty So maybe I m not the audience for this book I don t really like gold or gossip about famous people The book felt to me a bit unethical like maybe you shouldn t write an unauthorized biography about someone still living I would love to hear the story from Tiger himself or someone still close to him I liked Open by Aggassi or at least liked it better than this even though I don t care about Aggassi or tennis I was hoping that this would be an illuminating profile, but mostly I felt guilty for reading it flag 16 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 01, 2018 Steven Z rated it it was amazing Undertaking a biography of Tiger Woods is a daunting task First, there is the coterie of secrecy surrounding one of the greatest, if not greatest golfers in history Second, Woods himself Having been burned by interviews early in his career for years refused to interact with the fourth estate and maintained an aura of separateness from everyone but his inner circle However, there is enough information about Woods that includes books by Earle Woods, Tiger s father, former coaches, documents, p Undertaking a biography of Tiger Woods is a daunting task First, there is the coterie of secrecy surrounding one of the greatest, if not greatest golfers in history Second, Woods himself Having been burned by interviews early in his career for years refused to interact with the fourth estate and maintained an aura of separateness from everyone but his inner circle However, there is enough information about Woods that includes books by Earle Woods, Tiger s father, former coaches, documents, professional medical opinions, in addition to numerous articles by respectable journalists to produce a superb in depth study of Woods This being the case Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian s effort in their new book, TIGER WOODS is to be praised as they have relied on information plied by others, but have introduced new material by culling newspapers, interviews, and other sources to create a book of surprising quality.Tiger Woods was on top of the world having dominated the sport after becoming the youngest player to win the Masters in 1996 For the next two decades golf revolved around his success and he became his own mega corporation as wealth and victories were seen as everyday occurrences This would all come to an abrupt end on November 27, 2009 when Woods crashed his car into a neighbor s tree How did this come to pass and why did Woods life spiral out of control because of the accident In addition, how did Woods, after divorce, injury, scandal etc seemingly turn his life around These questions and Tiger s life story leading up to that fateful day form the core of Benedict and Keteyian s new monograph.In trying to understand how Woods evolved as a person and an athlete all you have to do is examine his early childhood from birth onward as he was surrounded by an attention grabbing father and an authentic tiger mom The authors describe a childhood that was different from other children as instead of toys his prized possession from a very young age was a sawed down golf club Woods would not interact with other children, and his father, Earl made it clear that golf was paramount, not making friends The key to Woods career is his father He became his confidante and role model and Woods behavior up until later in adult life can be explained by how Earl trained Tiger in a rigorous military fashion, instilled in him how unique he was, and created expectations that were outrageous to say the least Woods mother, Kultida, known as Tida reinforced her husband s approach to child rearing and even after her divorce from Earl would dominate her son and instill in him that he was always right and he did not have to give in to anyone What separates the authors approach is that they integrate the opinions of medical professionals throughout the book applying psychological principles to help explain Woods behaviors and outlook on life For Woods, as a gifted child he would be attuned to his parents expectations and would do whatever it took to meet them, even if it meant ignoring his own feelings and needs.The authors take the reader through Woods career in minute detail ranging from how his amateur career was funded, how he put out the fires of his father s incendiary remarks and heavy handedness when it came to his career, and finally becoming a professional golfer Throughout we witness a Tiger who lacks any sentimentality and personal connections with others which can be traced directly from his mother who stated, I am a loner, and so is Tiger Tida reinforced the concept of killing the opposition on the golf course, and taking the opponents heart Woods evolution as a golfer and a person should be seen in this parental context as the authors describe throughout the book his extraordinary focus, commitment to winning, his inability to trust others, resulting in a very insular person who has repressed his true emotions and feelings Woods became a person who did not take responsibility for his actions and let his inner circle fix any errors From the time he was old enough to walk, Tiger was told by his parents he was different, special, chosen, a genius and he had been treated accordingly His lack of praise for others, ignoring handshakes on the golf course, blowing off special events that meant a great deal to others were all part of his persona.There are a number of surprising aspects to the narrative that provide further insight into Woods The authors detail his many victories, training regimen, the fear he struck in opponents because of his demeanor, and his sense of entitlement Perhaps insightful is his interest and participation in the military, from video games to actual training with Navy Seals Woods could relate to these elite soldiers because he viewed himself as elite Woods own training agenda was so strict that later in his career he paid for them with numerous injuries and surgeries, but he felt comfortable with the Seals and how they went about their business because in his own mind he did it the same way.The standard stories of Woods private life are recounted from the many mistresses, his insularity, and how he was treated as a celebrity Further, the authors examine how Woods became his own corporation, how he was managed by IMG, and how the different personalities or handlers dealt with him on many levels But importantly the authors analyze the results of this private Tiger and his life style supported by his corporate handlers, as opposed to the rectitude he presented to the public, and the image that his corporate sponsors like Nike portrayed.The authors take the reader through Woods entire golf career From major, celebrity, and PGA tour tournaments pointing out the importance of each, his achievements, and the implications for his overall career Along with the career highlights the reader is exposed to the seamier aspects of his behavior his sense of entitlement, and utter lack of taking the feelings of others into consideration when he acted The authors and others constantly blame his boorish behavior on his childhood which is true, but that does not take away from the fact that he was a despicable character.Woods career was phenomenal and the few friends he made are recounted as are the lives of the many golfers on tour with him His lack of insight into others is discussed reflecting his lack of interest in anyone, but himself This would all come crashing down the day before Thanksgiving, 2009 when he crashed his car into a tree in his neighbor s yard This would result in divorce from his wife Elin, an unmitigated scandal that fed the National Enquirer type press, the loss of his inner circle, and a public apology for his sexual addiction and other errors that he had made In the end he would overcome dependencies on pain killers, participation in treatment centers, and would emerge with a clearer understanding of what he had become, and what he wanted to become.The key to the success of the book is that the authors do an excellent job transitioning from one period of Woods life to the next, highlighting each with the events, relationships, and hazards that exist in each Overall, we witness the consummate narcissist exceling at his given profession, and finding it difficult to have empathy for anyone After the scandals, injuries, personal loss he seems to have evolved into a much caring person, in touch with his feelings, and a dedication to his two children a caring component of his personality that had been buried.Benedict and Keteyian should be commended for producing an excellent study of an important life that greatly influenced American culture It is than an examination of a professional golfer but an in depth study of a conflicted individual who was placed inside a psychological prison resulting in personal loss and humiliation that allowed him to break free flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 12, 2018 Sandy Nawrot rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best 2018, audio I ll start off by saying that I ve never liked Tiger Woods, not even in his prime before his dalliances with all the waitresses, porn stars and college students While I admired his steely, killer instincts on the course and the inevitability that he would slay his competitors, I always thought he was cold, cocky and a total enabled brat He was a resident in Orlando for many years, so perhaps we had a little insight into the guy This book changed none of these perceptions, but wow, did it I ll start off by saying that I ve never liked Tiger Woods, not even in his prime before his dalliances with all the waitresses, porn stars and college students While I admired his steely, killer instincts on the course and the inevitability that he would slay his competitors, I always thought he was cold, cocky and a total enabled brat He was a resident in Orlando for many years, so perhaps we had a little insight into the guy This book changed none of these perceptions, but wow, did it highlight the epic tragedy of his rise and fall You really don t even have to be a fan of golf to enjoy this well researched and well written account of one of the most famous athletes of all times I can t even begin to relate the hundreds of jaw dropping stories shared in this unauthorized biography The kind that you repeat to whoever will listen From the tough love abuse, money grubbing, helicopter parenting and philandering of his father, Tiger s drive to be the best and the lengths he went to make that happen, the lightning fast rise to fame, the endorsements, the revolving door of confidantes and coaches that Tiger used and disposed of, the sexual escapades that were absolutely shocking, and his physical deterioration While the authors were never allowed to go near Tiger or his current inner sanctum, they interviewed hundreds of others, read all the books about him, watched footage and creatively collected the information in other ways I commend them for the effort.In skimming through the reviews, some are angry at the fact that Tiger s side of things is not reflected here, but I truly believe that his words would be irrelevant He has had a lifetime pattern of pointing his finger to blame others, making excuses and refusing to admit truths I wouldn t believe a word he said, even if he did speak up He was raised to believe he was The Chosen One, so his narcissism is a mechanism in which he protects himself from honest introspection This book is not gossipy or vengeful I found it very balanced and the authors often gave Tiger the benefit of the doubt when there was any available to give With all that said, most readers will find some of his actions shocking and probably won t come away with much love for the guy Chosen One or not, the guy is a total ass.The narrator, Roger Casey, did an amazing job with this project I ve never heard him before, but he was extremely easy to listen to and communicated the right balance of passion and emotion flag 8 likesLike see review Jun 20, 2019 Amar Pai rated it really liked it Pretty readable Tiger s dominance as an athlete is fascinating hard to overstate how much better he was at golf than anyone ever before or since Yet his life is uneviable He seems dead inside He s an asshole, but also a fascinating, tragic figure I almost docked this book one star due to its lack of pictures egregious in a bio like this photo section is mandatory Also, there weren t as many salacious details about his myriad self destructive affairs as I would have liked But given my Pretty readable Tiger s dominance as an athlete is fascinating hard to overstate how much better he was at golf than anyone ever before or since Yet his life is uneviable He seems dead inside He s an asshole, but also a fascinating, tragic figure I almost docked this book one star due to its lack of pictures egregious in a bio like this photo section is mandatory Also, there weren t as many salacious details about his myriad self destructive affairs as I would have liked But given my utter lack of interest in golf, this was surprisingly entertaining flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 01, 2018 John Spiller rated it liked it Tiger Woods is like a cheeseburger cooked by a three star Michelin chef The cheeseburger may be meticulously prepared from the finest ingredients with flawless execution But ultimately it is a cheeseburger In the same way, Tiger Woods may be thoroughly researched, cogently presented, and well written, but ultimately it is a gossipy celeb bio No knocks against celeb bios or cheeseburgers , but let s not pretend this is some compelling examination of Tiger Woods psyche As this book make Tiger Woods is like a cheeseburger cooked by a three star Michelin chef The cheeseburger may be meticulously prepared from the finest ingredients with flawless execution But ultimately it is a cheeseburger In the same way, Tiger Woods may be thoroughly researched, cogently presented, and well written, but ultimately it is a gossipy celeb bio No knocks against celeb bios or cheeseburgers , but let s not pretend this is some compelling examination of Tiger Woods psyche As this book makes clear, Tiger Woods is an empty shell of a human with few redeeming qualities outside of his ability to play golf.As the authors point out at the beginning of the book, Tiger is reclusive and secretive, a trait he has cultivated with his inner circle Even if Tiger had participated in this book, I suspect that it would probably not be any revealing because as the authors point out, he is not above fabrication and mythologizing in service of his image In the final analysis, Tiger Woods is not all that complicated He derived his best and worst traits from his father Earl and his mother Kultida In their single minded devotion to making him the world s greatest golfer, his parents instilled Tiger with a solipsistic view of the world where everyone s existence was measured in terms of what they could do for him The monomaniacal focus needed to be the best stripped him of redeeming qualities such as empathy, gratitude, and basic interpersonal skills When Tiger finally has his day of reckoning in 2009 and his carefully cultivated media persona is permanently and irrevocably shattered, it feels less tragic and well deserved flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 11, 2018 Lee Woodruff rated it it was amazing What is it about human nature that draws us to an Icharus story Yet in America we love to rehabilitate our broken celebs This exhaustively researched book provides a 360 degree look at the making, breaking and painstaking return of arguably the most famous athlete of our time We get an intimate look at Tiger s lonely childhood as a golf prodigy, with two driven parents who raised him to mentally function as a cold blooded assassin on the course, but at what cost Huge, it turns out The fat What is it about human nature that draws us to an Icharus story Yet in America we love to rehabilitate our broken celebs This exhaustively researched book provides a 360 degree look at the making, breaking and painstaking return of arguably the most famous athlete of our time We get an intimate look at Tiger s lonely childhood as a golf prodigy, with two driven parents who raised him to mentally function as a cold blooded assassin on the course, but at what cost Huge, it turns out The father son dynamics, Tiger s single minded focus, marriage, infidelity, sex addiction and then health issues that lead to pain pills, reads like a Shakespearian tragedy In the end, the man who became such a private enigma had to learn to love and be human I know nothing about golf, but it was the story in this book that kept me turning pages as if it were a novel The details and insights are a testament to the authors diligence and a portrait emerges that will captivate anyone, sports fan or not flag 5 likesLike see review Apr 04, 2018 Richard Lister rated it it was amazing Is accomplishment at its highest level, worldwide acclaim, or unfathomable wealth worth the cost After reading the book, my overarching sentiment was that I would never want to trade places with Tiger Woods The pressure from his parents, the world, and himself that formed him into what he became staggers the imagination.This deeply researched, very well written, and engaging work lays bare the incomprehensible cost that pursuing and maintaining iconic heights exacts My hope is that Tiger s Is accomplishment at its highest level, worldwide acclaim, or unfathomable wealth worth the cost After reading the book, my overarching sentiment was that I would never want to trade places with Tiger Woods The pressure from his parents, the world, and himself that formed him into what he became staggers the imagination.This deeply researched, very well written, and engaging work lays bare the incomprehensible cost that pursuing and maintaining iconic heights exacts My hope is that Tiger s renaissance allows the sensitivity evident in his youth, which the writers reveal, reemerges as he traverses middle age and beyond flag 5 likesLike see review May 11, 2018 Brandon Forsyth rated it really liked it There s a quote on the back of the book that claims this is like If King Lear had been about golf That may be a touch hyperbolic, but there s something undeniably Shakespearean about Tiger Woods that we re left to grapple with at the end of this meticulously researched biography The twisted family dynamic and the demanding father certainly feel familiar, but it almost feels like Hamlet to me the tortured boy king, haunted by his dead father, and lashing out irrationally Check, check, check There s a quote on the back of the book that claims this is like If King Lear had been about golf That may be a touch hyperbolic, but there s something undeniably Shakespearean about Tiger Woods that we re left to grapple with at the end of this meticulously researched biography The twisted family dynamic and the demanding father certainly feel familiar, but it almost feels like Hamlet to me the tortured boy king, haunted by his dead father, and lashing out irrationally Check, check, check All pretension aside, Woods comes vividly to life here, and the book remains scrupulously fair to him at all times I m not a huge golf fan, but the authors do a great job of demonstrating what made Tiger so unique not just his raw power or desire to compete, but his creativity and his relentless approach to improvement I think all readers will find something of value here, whether it s about celebrity or race or addiction or parenting Not to be missed flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 21, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves audio, 2019 I m not a golf fan or a Tiger Woods fan in any way and I rarely read biographies This audio book basically fell into my lap and I had nothing else to listen to so I decided to give it a try and the next thing I knew I was listening every chance I got I m not even sure why There is a lot of golf talk but it was really fascinating to hear what it takes to be the best golfer athlete of all time And at what cost If he wasn t such a jerk I ve been using a different word when discussing this I m not a golf fan or a Tiger Woods fan in any way and I rarely read biographies This audio book basically fell into my lap and I had nothing else to listen to so I decided to give it a try and the next thing I knew I was listening every chance I got I m not even sure why There is a lot of golf talk but it was really fascinating to hear what it takes to be the best golfer athlete of all time And at what cost If he wasn t such a jerk I ve been using a different word when discussing this book but I ll keep it clean here could he have been the golfer he was I kept wondering why some of these people remained his friend when he didn t seem to know how to be a friend at all I could barely contain myself when he refused to acknowledge the woman whose house he repeatedly stayed in for an annual tournament She has her hand out to introduce herself and he completely snubs herisn t that when you say get the hell out of my house I m mad just thinking about it again now I y felt the thrill of his wins and fury at his narcissistic attitude and couldn t get enough of either flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 21, 2018 Renee itsbooktalk rated it it was amazing This was SO much better than I expected In fact, I couldn t put it down which believe me was a total surprise to me I m not a huge golf fan but my husband and sons play so I ve been to a local yearly PGA tournament near us several times I ve seen Tiger play in person and I m familiar with many of the other players on Tour I do think if you have some knowledge of the bigger players in golf it will definitely increase your enjoyment of this I ve never actually been all that interested in Tige This was SO much better than I expected In fact, I couldn t put it down which believe me was a total surprise to me I m not a huge golf fan but my husband and sons play so I ve been to a local yearly PGA tournament near us several times I ve seen Tiger play in person and I m familiar with many of the other players on Tour I do think if you have some knowledge of the bigger players in golf it will definitely increase your enjoyment of this I ve never actually been all that interested in Tiger as a person as I have my opinions about him but as a parent and someone who s always loved to study human behavior, I was very interested in how he rose and fell so greatly The authors did not disappoint, providing a riveting, well balanced look at the creation of Tiger Woods the golfer which eclipsed Tiger Woods the person by leaps and bounds There were many juicy details I d never heard before and the writing and structure was extremely well paced I listened to about half on audio and it was also fantastic An unlikely summer must read in my opinion flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 06, 2018 Elly Sands rated it really liked it My goodness This sure was a thorough and detailed biography I got a lot than expected but truth be told I couldn t put it down I thought it penetrated the thick crust of Tiger s defensive personality but you can t really blame him too much as everyone really wanted a piece of him Sometimes I felt sorry for him and other times just startled by his rude self centered attitude There is no denying his athletic abilities not only on the green but also his deep sea diving and desire to train My goodness This sure was a thorough and detailed biography I got a lot than expected but truth be told I couldn t put it down I thought it penetrated the thick crust of Tiger s defensive personality but you can t really blame him too much as everyone really wanted a piece of him Sometimes I felt sorry for him and other times just startled by his rude self centered attitude There is no denying his athletic abilities not only on the green but also his deep sea diving and desire to train like a Navy Seal He was taught almost military survival by his father and his mother had a go for the throat mentality regarding his golfing ethics but this did not help him with the outside world and how to relate to others Listen, he loved his parents so who am I to say they may have hindered him as far as being an open and caring person Hopefully Tiger is on his way to a comeback This book shows you how stardom can open up the world for you but also cause it to be tilted out of balance I am rooting for Tiger Doesn t everyone deserve a second chance Let s just see what happens I m watching the Masters as we speak flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 16, 2018 Donna The Romance Cover rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audible reviews, 3 star reads 2018 While I cannot fault the research that has gone into this book it just seemed to concentrate on the salacious potential gossip I wanted to know about the man himself, not just hearsay or opinions The words were devastating at times and I couldn t help but feel sorry for the man This book goes some ways to showing how parenting can affect someone from young and still have devastating consequences when they are adults and while there are little flickers of redemption, ultimately, we still While I cannot fault the research that has gone into this book it just seemed to concentrate on the salacious potential gossip I wanted to know about the man himself, not just hearsay or opinions The words were devastating at times and I couldn t help but feel sorry for the man This book goes some ways to showing how parenting can affect someone from young and still have devastating consequences when they are adults and while there are little flickers of redemption, ultimately, we still know that the man is nowhere near what he once was However, the potential is still there.I love golf, I work within the sport itself and I understand the ins and outs I found this side of the book fascinating but the ultimate moral of this story lies with Tiger s dad While he is no longer around to defend his actions I bet he would have a lot to say about this if he walked this earth flag 3 likesLike see review Mar 30, 2018 Spencer Kiggins rated it it was amazing What a story Thoroughly researched Crisply told A tale of a man with otherworldly talents beset with demons that dramatically altered his life s arc The book leaves you with rays of sunshine peaking through the clouds, a glimmer of hope that an immensely talented person may have finally learned to live, finally defining himself by who he is as a father and a person, not solely as a legendary golfer There is beauty in triumph emerging from tragedy I now want to see Tiger succeed not only in What a story Thoroughly researched Crisply told A tale of a man with otherworldly talents beset with demons that dramatically altered his life s arc The book leaves you with rays of sunshine peaking through the clouds, a glimmer of hope that an immensely talented person may have finally learned to live, finally defining himself by who he is as a father and a person, not solely as a legendary golfer There is beauty in triumph emerging from tragedy I now want to see Tiger succeed not only in golf but in life flag 3 likesLike see review May 08, 2018 Cydney rated it it was amazing I knew nothing about tiger other than the sex scandal And wow, I LOVED this book I now am a tiger fan which is hilarious because several other reviews said they hate tiger woods now His upbringing and rise in the sports world is so amazingly interesting His downfall, I believe was very humbling and I hope I can watch him win a championship in the future flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 29, 2018 Bryn rated it really liked it My husband is a huge golf fan, and he really admires Tiger Woods I ve been having a hard time seeing past his personal troubles to appreciate him, so I thought I d read this biography It paints a picture of a human being raised to be like a robot the scope of his emotional range seems extremely stunted I did gain a better appreciation for Tiger s mental strength and how much of a G.O.A.T he really is I left the book feeling a bit sorry for him he s had some incredible highs on the go My husband is a huge golf fan, and he really admires Tiger Woods I ve been having a hard time seeing past his personal troubles to appreciate him, so I thought I d read this biography It paints a picture of a human being raised to be like a robot the scope of his emotional range seems extremely stunted I did gain a better appreciation for Tiger s mental strength and how much of a G.O.A.T he really is I left the book feeling a bit sorry for him he s had some incredible highs on the golf course, soaring fame and fortune, but he s very much alone, although the ending paints a picture of a flawed human coming out the other side who may find happiness, contentment and human connection in the next half of his life I would love to ask him Was it all worth it flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 25, 2018 Steve Peifer rated it really liked it This is a book designed to make you repeatedly cringe at the train wreck of Tiger Woods, while still managing to make you marvel at his athleticism and feel, if not empathy, at least a bit of understanding as to how someone could screw up so completely The last chapter suggests that he is on a redeeming road hope that is true If you were a fan, it s worth the read flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 10, 2018 Samuel Hurst rated it really liked it The most complete profile that it is currently possible to create For a subject so private and secretive, the authors have done a good job The big unanswered question for me is how why TW still idolises his father, because Earl Woods seems to be an intolerable person from what this book describes He must have been a great coach and mentor to make up for all of his hyperbole and misdemeanours The book cleverly charts TW s rollercoaster from zero to hero, then back to zero, and then leaves it The most complete profile that it is currently possible to create For a subject so private and secretive, the authors have done a good job The big unanswered question for me is how why TW still idolises his father, because Earl Woods seems to be an intolerable person from what this book describes He must have been a great coach and mentor to make up for all of his hyperbole and misdemeanours The book cleverly charts TW s rollercoaster from zero to hero, then back to zero, and then leaves it with his heroic recovery between 2015 18 Overall, this is quite a sad book Unless Tiger comes back to win another major, in which case another edition will be required Only four stars, because at times it seems a bit gossipy tabloid, and the referencing notes are not solid enough One extremely spicy text conversation directly cited in the book seems to rest on a very questionable online article flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 09, 2018 Mike rated it really liked it Let me say going in that this book is not some salacious People or Us magazine expose meant to titillate and or give the reader a feeling of schadenfreude I found it to be an honest and even handed attempt to explain a really not so complex person Does it answer the question Who is TW, really I believe it does indirectly exposing him as a complete narcissist through no fault of his own Sadly, Tiger is defined by golf, he has nothing else Being a Don Juan Casanova slut, like didn t Let me say going in that this book is not some salacious People or Us magazine expose meant to titillate and or give the reader a feeling of schadenfreude I found it to be an honest and even handed attempt to explain a really not so complex person Does it answer the question Who is TW, really I believe it does indirectly exposing him as a complete narcissist through no fault of his own Sadly, Tiger is defined by golf, he has nothing else Being a Don Juan Casanova slut, like didn t work out, did it So, don t expect him to retire with his multi multis I think he will continue to try to make a comeback because without golf, when he looks in the mirror, Tiger Woods justisn t flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 08, 2018 Gary rated it really liked it Hard to read hard to put down The analogy of watching a slow motion car wreck fits.Though on a much smaller scale, a take away from the book for myself was seeing how Tiger s compulsive drive to not fail at anything, left no room to every stop and enjoy what he had or just enjoy the moment Tragic consequences in his case but still a good lesson for us all or at least for me flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 06, 2018 Amy rated it liked it review of another edition Every juicy detail to go with what you already knew spoiled child prodigy, heartless Greatest of All Time, public mortification, atonement in rehab and OR Is redemption possible Tune in to the Golf Channel flag 2 likesLike see review May 10, 2018 Brendan Crowley rated it it was amazing Shelves sport Tiger Woods is the second collaboration by Benedict and Keteyian following on from their very enjoyable deep dive into US college football in The System.This book is a comprehensive, well researched, biography of the most famous sportsman on the planet Building on over 20 previous books and countless thousands of magazine profiles, the authors tell the comprehensive account of the rise and fall and maybe redemption of Tiger Woods Woods impact on the game of golf is obvious and well known bu Tiger Woods is the second collaboration by Benedict and Keteyian following on from their very enjoyable deep dive into US college football in The System.This book is a comprehensive, well researched, biography of the most famous sportsman on the planet Building on over 20 previous books and countless thousands of magazine profiles, the authors tell the comprehensive account of the rise and fall and maybe redemption of Tiger Woods Woods impact on the game of golf is obvious and well known but his own personal story hasn t before been told so comprehensively in one volume.The advance coverage of the book focused on stories of Tiger s notorious cheapness and rudeness In the book, Tiger comes across as a fascinating, if largely unlikable individual but you get the feeling that the authors have attempted to be fair to Woods.The book shines a light on the toxic influence of Tiger s father Earl the missed childhood as he focused on golf, the willingness to cut people out of his life on his father s say so and Tiger s eventual mirroring of his father s worst habits Tiger appears as a very intelligent introvert who would have been much better served without Earl s constant boasting that he was going to change the world His difficulties with keeping long term relationships largely through his own neglect of other s emotional needs makes me somewhat sympathetic for Tiger who clearly needs affection yet sabotages every important relationships in his life bar his mother.Tiger s focus and perfectionism are fascinating To be able to deal with the hype of being the highest rated and most scrutinised player immediately upon turning pro To seek to rebuild his swing almost immediately after his 1997 Masters win is the type of move a mere mortal wouldn t even contemplate let alone attempt To be able to play the best golf of his life while his private life was unraveling behind the scenes was beyond remarkable His ability and determination to play through pain is mind boggling.Tiger s fall from grace has been well covered, and the stories are well told and set in context here painting a clear picture of how Tiger managed to remain on the top even when he knew tabloids were on to his affairs His attempts since that fateful Thanksgiving to rebuild his career are set out in the last section of the book It seems that his DUI arrest and worldwide humiliation in 2017 has proved a catalyst for some actual changes in Tiger which have coincided with improved health helping him to play golf again The book left me hoping that this redemption is real, and long lasting.It was welcome to see a detailed discussion on the possibility of Woods using Performance Enhancing Drugs no athlete with such an impressive physique and connections to dodgy doctors should be above suspicion There is only so much the author s can say without any substantial evidence but it does highlight the need for better testing in professional golf.I was disappointed to see such little focus on team events like the Ryder Cup less than a page although maybe that s a sign of how little the event meant to Tiger relative to individual honours.Tiger s story has always been about the golf first and foremast The celebrity off the course has always been secondary to the magic and drama of watching Woods at his best on the big occasion One passage best sums up Tiger and the world s attitude towards him As a human being, he might not have been lovable or even likable but as a performer he possessed unsurpassed talents that he honed through a lifetime of practice On a Sunday afternoon, he shared his gifts with millions enabling them to forget reality and vicariously experience thrills that were exhilarating than anything felt in a church pew Golf had never meant so much to so many.The book is well written and very enjoyable At times depressing, it is never anything but compelling Highly recommended.See all my sports book reviews at flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Tom Stamper rated it really liked it I live only a few miles from Tiger Woods former home in Isleworth and I remember passing by the entrance a day or so after he wrecked the Escalade and the media was camping out with their satellite trucks It baffled me I didn t know anything about the National Enquirer story, but I had read enough sports books to know that the infidelity of celebrity athletes is hardly man bites dog Jeff Benedict has written an insightful and entertaining book that I m much the wiser having read, but he doesn I live only a few miles from Tiger Woods former home in Isleworth and I remember passing by the entrance a day or so after he wrecked the Escalade and the media was camping out with their satellite trucks It baffled me I didn t know anything about the National Enquirer story, but I had read enough sports books to know that the infidelity of celebrity athletes is hardly man bites dog Jeff Benedict has written an insightful and entertaining book that I m much the wiser having read, but he doesn t address why Tiger was singled out even though he tells us that Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan introduced him to this lifestyle This is the sticking point that makes writing the review difficult It s an excellent book when the subject is how his upbringing and familial relationships were essential to his golf prowess It does a superb job of leading us through his childhood victories and his feelings of alienation of being a minority and a nerd It explains why he was a marketing dream worth 50 million even before he won his first professional tournament And it s not just a bunch of facts either Mr Benedict gives the prose life on every page I don t remember that last time I read a 500 page book in two days The book tackles his romantic life with the same detail and eventually sordid detail I ll admit that the deprivation is fascinating and will sell books, but what is it about our media culture that pats Jack Kennedy on the back or smiles when Wilt Chamberlain claims 20,000 women and then treats Tiger Woods like he is some sort of aberration among his peers When we talk of media bias we often mean political bias, but there seems to be a good book here about how the media has become entitled Tiger Woods was aloof and he was outspoken about his dislike of their criticism Rather than take it like a man and ingratiate himself with the media he would cut them off Or worse yet it may be that his greatness on the golf course had absolutely nothing to do with people who wrote news stories So when they got their opportunity they told us how Tiger Woods really lived his life in all its depravity The legal world calls this selective prosecution I don t blame the author for these biases just his lack of curiosity over these biases His is a generally straightforward look at Tiger s life If he leans any particular direction it s leading the reader to conclude that the same attributes that Earl Woods drilled into to Tiger that made him great on the golf course also made him a serial cheater in his personal life And yet that actually lets Tiger off the hook Tiger s character is the sum of his own choices and they were poor ones The media tolerates a lot of poor choices if they like you They put Marv Albert back on TV, Roman Polanski is treated as some sort of martyr, and Harvey Weinstein s behavior was kept quiet for years Tiger was a cheater that wrecked his own family Wretched behavior But is he Weinstein There is a lot to read here about Tiger re inventing his golf swing and lapping the field in majors or making impossible puts Those moment are riveting in this book It makes me wish he had written two separate books so that I could enjoy one and then contemplate the other flag 1 likeLike see review May 09, 2018 Bill Pence rated it it was amazing For this major biography of Tiger Woods, the authors completed than 400 interviews over a three year period Woods declined to participate with the project after the authors refused the conditions Woods and his team imposed on them Still, fans of Woods will find this to be an interesting, and I believe fair, look at his life thus far Everyone knows Woods golf accomplishments, so I will focus on what readers may hope to gain from reading this book that they can t get in previously publish For this major biography of Tiger Woods, the authors completed than 400 interviews over a three year period Woods declined to participate with the project after the authors refused the conditions Woods and his team imposed on them Still, fans of Woods will find this to be an interesting, and I believe fair, look at his life thus far Everyone knows Woods golf accomplishments, so I will focus on what readers may hope to gain from reading this book that they can t get in previously published books about Woods We have to start with Wood s family, and primarily his father Earl His parents were the only people Tiger could trust, for him, family was everything Unfortunately, it was a dysfunctional family that he grew up in Earl cheated on his first wife with Tiger s mother, actually marrying her a few years before he was divorced from his first wife In addition, Earl is portrayed as a father who took advantage of his son s talent to benefit financially, and at least bent the rules on how to finance his travels to amateur tournaments In addition to infidelity, Earl had vices of alcohol and porn Unfortunately, some of those vices were passed on to Tiger Earl would often interject race into interviews, while Tiger tended to avoid the subject We are told that Earl is buried in an unmarked grave We read about a four year relationship in high school and college that Tiger had with Deana, which was abruptly broken off, and another relationship he had prior to marriage He had his first knee surgery while in college at Stanford We hear about Tiger s conflict with members of the media, primarily John Feinstein and Jimmy Roberts, and his friendship with golfer and neighbor Mark O Meara and his family Especially after he turned professional, Tiger was always under a microscope Everyone wanted a piece of him and he made millions in endorsements We hear about his increasing rudeness, failure to tip in restaurants and gambling in Las Vegas with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan The book addresses his obsession with working out and becoming a member of the Navy Seals Woods was married to Elin Nordegren for six years The book spends a lot of time on his well documented fall from grace, detailing his cheating on her, often times with multiple women at the same time while she was caring for their two young children at home Woods was living a lie as a sex addict The authors point out that he interestingly played some of his best golf when his personal life was out of control The authors state that Woods was in a dark place after Earl s death He became surlier with the media and would eventually become addicted to sleeping pills and pain medication They address rumors whether he took PEDs performance enhancing drugs , offering testimony from those close to him The book details his work with swing coaches such as Butch Harmon and Hank Haney, and in recent years his injuries, surgeries and missed cuts It ends with his return to competitive golf in early 2018 and his desire to be a good father to his two children The book contains a significant amount of adult language, much of it quotes from Woods Golf fans, particularly fans of Woods will be interested in this well researched and written book flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 05, 2018 Jared rated it it was amazing review of another edition Really good book, covers what we know of Tiger s life It s not really a happy story though Tiger watched his dad hit golf balls in the garage for probably a couple hours each day from near the time he was born He started swinging a golf club before he was a year old He was a golf prodigy from the time he was two years old He gave numerous interviews and was on tv pretty consistently his whole life For Tiger, success meant winning golf tournaments And he was really good at it He had one y Really good book, covers what we know of Tiger s life It s not really a happy story though Tiger watched his dad hit golf balls in the garage for probably a couple hours each day from near the time he was born He started swinging a golf club before he was a year old He was a golf prodigy from the time he was two years old He gave numerous interviews and was on tv pretty consistently his whole life For Tiger, success meant winning golf tournaments And he was really good at it He had one year when he was 11 years old or so that he won every golf tournament he entered It was near 30 tournaments That s crazy Tiger s father was not a healthy individual He did give Tiger every opportunity he possibly could in golf though He practiced with Tiger every day and pushed him to be great It worked But Earl was not a good person and was a terrible example of a father and husband The day that Tiger went pro, professional golf became a different sport Tv ratings had 50 100% increases in viewership Some tournaments actually sold out of tickets, which was basically unheard of, outside the Masters Tiger has had huge crowds following him since before the day he became a professional He is Tiger Woods, very likely the most popular athlete of all time Tiger was a terrible husband, like the worst He had a serious problem with women It wasn t just that he liked to sleep around a little bit, which would have been bad enough Tiger had dozens upon dozens of girls across the country that he would have sex with whenever he felt like He also had sex with a neighbor girl who he knew since she was 14 She was 22 when he had sex with her That relationship was essentially the final straw for Tiger s wife, and after hearing about it she determined their relationship was not salvageable, which after going through the complete lack of respect that Tiger had for the relationship it is not surprising that their relationship could not be saved Tiger is a better father than he was husband He would have been a much better father if he could have kept his family together but he was never capable of a healthy relationship till after his fall Tiger was the greatest golfer He dominated every one for a decade He changed the game than any one else has ever changed a game Without him nobody would have cared about professional golf and most likely no one would care today Tiger is back in professional golf right now and is healthy I feel like when he finally isn t competing or competitive that golf will take a serious blow Tiger is just so much better and interesting than anyone else in golf flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 05, 2019 John rated it it was amazing Despite the author s lack of direct access to the subject, this is a very riveting and absorbing profile of the greatest sports icon on the planet The carefully choreographed story of Tiger spun by IMG, Nike and his army of coaches, agents, sponsors and caretakers slowly disintegrates throughout this account This book is not a hit piece One can access YouTube videos of Tiger Wood s triumphs and meltdowns from his 1997 Masters win to his 2017 DUI Video The ultracompetitive fist pumping supers Despite the author s lack of direct access to the subject, this is a very riveting and absorbing profile of the greatest sports icon on the planet The carefully choreographed story of Tiger spun by IMG, Nike and his army of coaches, agents, sponsors and caretakers slowly disintegrates throughout this account This book is not a hit piece One can access YouTube videos of Tiger Wood s triumphs and meltdowns from his 1997 Masters win to his 2017 DUI Video The ultracompetitive fist pumping superstar is demoted to the common ranks of a flawed Everyman Readers are offered some rather disturbing insights into his parents and his ultrastrict upbringing, including his early TV appearances as a golf club toting toddler Although he spawned and crafted the Legend, Father Earl Woods does not come out well in this book He berated his son with profane epithets to toughen him up He groomed his son how to tune out any feelings or emotions and win at all costs He truly believed his son would be a New Messiah on par with Gandhi, Mandela or Martin Luther King The early pitchmen and promoters who fed Earl s ambitions and monetized the Tiger brand will nauseate the reader Ditto for the legions of sleazy journalists, pundits and well compensated sources who generated the tabloid takedowns of Tiger Woods Before anyone begins to feel any sympathy for Eldrick Tont Woods, they might want to read some of the unflattering excerpts from this book What is most disturbing are the revelations of TIger s callous insensitivity and outright rudeness to so many people who genuinely cared about him Many of them did not give a damn about the money and gave up on Tiger when he betrayed or disappointed them This book dispatches a warning about the destructive powers of ego and entitlement, about believing in one s self serving hype and the conviction that rules, courtesies and conventions do not apply to them It is easy to Google the tabloid headlines and soundbites and reach your own conclusions about Tiger Woods This book is not a hatchet job It is an ongoing story of redemption and recovery that is not yet finished But Tiger Woods has a massive Bucket List of people that he owes sincere apologies to And it might run well beyond a 72 box golf scorecard flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 David Longo rated it it was amazing I loved Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Katayan As a huge fan of professional golf and an avid reader of books on the subject, Tiger Woods, to me, was one of the best Tiger does not come across as loveable in this biography But he does come across as human His failings are nearly as remarkable as his golfing achievements I felt that the authors praised Tiger when he deserved it and vilified him when he deserved that too I was captivated by Tiger s childhood, his controlling fath I loved Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Katayan As a huge fan of professional golf and an avid reader of books on the subject, Tiger Woods, to me, was one of the best Tiger does not come across as loveable in this biography But he does come across as human His failings are nearly as remarkable as his golfing achievements I felt that the authors praised Tiger when he deserved it and vilified him when he deserved that too I was captivated by Tiger s childhood, his controlling father, his college years, his early relationships, his taking the PGA Tour by storm, his commercial endorsements, his rude and elitist behavior, his friendship with Mark O Meara, his perfectionism, his cut throat behavior with agents, caddies and swing coaches, his unparalleled play, his bizarre sex addiction and subsequent recovery, his marriage struggles, his injuries, his withdrawn behavior at times, his famous buddies like Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, his strange obsession with the Navy SEALS, his lack of appreciation of the fans and of so many people who have granted him favors, his Shakespearian fall from grace, and his hopefully new lease on life and a desire to be able to finally appreciate all that he has including an adoring gallery willing to overlook his many flaws This book encapsulated Tiger and it captured me as a reader I was hooked from the beginning and I have read few biographies faster This is an exhilarating narrative I can t tell if I like Tiger Woods or less after reading Benedict s and Katayan s painstakingly researched and wonderfully detailed effort I guess that s what a great bio is supposed to do It s supposed to present its subject with warts and all, no matter how much of a hero he or she is to the multitudes Jeff Pearlman did this to near perfection with Walter Payton in Sweetness These books remind me of each another I m not sure which I enjoyed flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Austin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Arguably the most fascinating character study I have ever consumed Tiger was the world s most famous and wealthiest athlete for a decade or , and set unprecedented records at unprecedented ages on the golf course However, he was a massively flawed human being, and most of his issues stemmed from the domineering persona of his father Earl The author spends a large amount of the book exploring the relationship between Tiger and Earl, and the father son dynamic doesn t get old Earl raised a Arguably the most fascinating character study I have ever consumed Tiger was the world s most famous and wealthiest athlete for a decade or , and set unprecedented records at unprecedented ages on the golf course However, he was a massively flawed human being, and most of his issues stemmed from the domineering persona of his father Earl The author spends a large amount of the book exploring the relationship between Tiger and Earl, and the father son dynamic doesn t get old Earl raised a champion athlete, but invested almost nothing in Tiger as a human being Tiger doesn t say thank you, he doesn t tip, he ignores people, he cannot be emotionally vulnerable in any way All of this bottled up dysfunction explodes when Tiger sleeps with dozens of women as a married man and abuses prescription drugs, leading to several PR catastrophes Tiger s story isn t done, as he is currently mounting a comeback For anyone interested in golf, sports, or a remarkable human case study, this is a must read flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 26, 2019 Rob Henderson rated it it was amazing This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Very much an eye opener for me having avidly followed Tiger the consummate professional golfer since he won his first Masterslike millions of others of course Having read this book I actually feel very sad for Tiger in a lot of ways To become what he has become, or realistically made to become by his parents, mainly his father, his life has been very cold distant, lacking the usual warmth courtesies of human relationships Sure, his innate talent, machine like processes, Very much an eye opener for me having avidly followed Tiger the consummate professional golfer since he won his first Masterslike millions of others of course Having read this book I actually feel very sad for Tiger in a lot of ways To become what he has become, or realistically made to become by his parents, mainly his father, his life has been very cold distant, lacking the usual warmth courtesies of human relationships Sure, his innate talent, machine like processes, allied to his supreme mental strength have ensured he has been the greatest sportsman, to date, that the world has ever seen, but at what cost to Tiger the person flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

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      Jeff Benedict conducted the first national study on sexual assault and athletes He has published three books on athletes and crime, including a blistering expos on the NFL, Pros and Cons The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, and Public Heroes, Private Felons Athletes and Crimes Against Women He is a lawyer and an investigative journalist who has written five books.

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    1. Warning Harsh rating ahead I love golf, but after reading this bookI will never cheer for Tiger Woods.I had a very difficult time deciding how to rate this book What rating do you give a well written book about a really lousy person So let s be clearthe four stars are for the book, not the subject of the book While the book was interesting, I could not read than 2 or 3 chapters at a time because it made me seethe with anger and disgust at just about everything having to do wi Warning Harsh rati [...]


    2. 400 pages of complex devastation A few pages of hopeful redemption Ultimately, a book about how parenting shapes us.


    3. So maybe I m not the audience for this book I don t really like gold or gossip about famous people The book felt to me a bit unethical like maybe you shouldn t write an unauthorized biography about someone still living I would love to hear the story from Tiger himself or someone still close to him I liked Open by Aggassi or at least liked it better than this even though I don t care about Aggassi or tennis I was hoping that this would be an illuminating profile, but mostly I felt guilty So maybe [...]


    4. Undertaking a biography of Tiger Woods is a daunting task First, there is the coterie of secrecy surrounding one of the greatest, if not greatest golfers in history Second, Woods himself Having been burned by interviews early in his career for years refused to interact with the fourth estate and maintained an aura of separateness from everyone but his inner circle However, there is enough information about Woods that includes books by Earle Woods, Tiger s father, former coaches, documents, p Und [...]


    5. I ll start off by saying that I ve never liked Tiger Woods, not even in his prime before his dalliances with all the waitresses, porn stars and college students While I admired his steely, killer instincts on the course and the inevitability that he would slay his competitors, I always thought he was cold, cocky and a total enabled brat He was a resident in Orlando for many years, so perhaps we had a little insight into the guy This book changed none of these perceptions, but wow, did it I ll s [...]


    6. Pretty readable Tiger s dominance as an athlete is fascinating hard to overstate how much better he was at golf than anyone ever before or since Yet his life is uneviable He seems dead inside He s an asshole, but also a fascinating, tragic figure I almost docked this book one star due to its lack of pictures egregious in a bio like this photo section is mandatory Also, there weren t as many salacious details about his myriad self destructive affairs as I would have liked But given my Pretty read [...]


    7. Tiger Woods is like a cheeseburger cooked by a three star Michelin chef The cheeseburger may be meticulously prepared from the finest ingredients with flawless execution But ultimately it is a cheeseburger In the same way, Tiger Woods may be thoroughly researched, cogently presented, and well written, but ultimately it is a gossipy celeb bio No knocks against celeb bios or cheeseburgers , but let s not pretend this is some compelling examination of Tiger Woods psyche As this book make Tiger Wood [...]


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