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Inhaltsangabe: Golf fans from around the world, here is a book of almost everything you want to know about the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, home of the arguably number one golf course in the world and site of the notable Masters Tournament. Steve Embanks, author of Augusta: A Revealing Look Inside America's Most Intriguing Golf Club and long time attendee of the Masters Tournament, began researching the book ever since his first term paper as a junior in high school eighteen years ago. Since then, "he has done exhaustive research and interviewed many people to make the book come together, Crisp writing makes it a page-turner like a good mystery novel," says the Huntsville Times.
Being an unauthorized book about Augusta National, it is natural to assume the book focuses on the negativity of the clubs secrecy, and gender and racial issues. Although Eubanks does detail the negatives, the book is hardly a slam on the club. It reveals all of the positive aspects, discloses some of the clubs secrets as well as citing the negatives. "Eubanks' candid, detailed anecdotes about the powers behind Augusta National-particularly iron-fisted chairman Clifford Roberts-make this an appealing book," says the Tribune & Times. The next time you are watching the Masters and are awed by the ethereal aura of the Augusta National Golf Club read Augusta for as the Tribune & Times says, "it brings the heavenly course back to earth and that's refreshing."
Review: When Augusta was first published in 1997, Steve Eubanks was summarily fired from his job as a club professional in Alabama. Given golf's tight fraternity, it's no surprise. With skillful and thorough reportage, he was the first to throw open, with detail, the dark corners of Augusta National's musty, humorless, arrogant closets. Augusta, updated to include Tiger Woods's masterful defeat of the course in 1997, chronicles the story of a private enclave of power, privilege, and prejudice that still seems to operate under the tight fist of co-founder Clifford Roberts more than 20 years after his suicide. Even so, the great tournament held on its grounds--the Masters--remains a true jewel in the international sporting crown. Eubanks is not afraid to juggle the apparent contradiction of cause and effect; in fact, it is his willingness to do just that that keeps Augusta several strokes under par.
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