The Real Story

Large Print - 2010
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At twenty, Tiger Woods made his debut in a Nike commercial. "Hello, World," he said. "Are you ready for me?" The world was ready. His handlers kept a tight rein on the private superstar, carefully controlling his media coverage. Although everyone recognizes Tiger Woods, his true character has remained a mystery. Tiger: The Real Story is the riveting story of this gifted athlete who tasted unprecedented success and fame. Using his storied golf career as a backdrop, it examines how the people closest to Tiger-- an ambitious father, an ambivalent mother, and a starstruck wife-- have shaped him into a complex and conflicted man. Central to the story is Tiger himself: how media hype and a sudden fall from grace have nearly destroyed his personal and professional life-- and where he goes from here.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Center Point large print ed
ISBN: 9781602858411
Branch Call Number: LP 796.352092 WOO NVD
Characteristics: 310 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm


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wendybird May 20, 2011

I like a good, well written sports biography... but ... this probably doesn't qualify. While light on the salacious details of Tiger's extramarital escapades, at a general level, "People" writer Steve Helling does a decent job outlining the life leading up to that fateful 2009 Thanksgiving car accident. My crankiness has more to do with style : call me crazy, but even the best biographer & one with unlmited time/access cannot really know what their subject is truly thinking or feeling. Helling constantly writes as if he knows what is going on in Tiger's mind -- and yet, one of the biggest surprises about this particular star's fall from grace was how well hidden Tiger kept his internal "stuff." Extended passages describing what Mr. Woods was feeling or thinking at a precise moment in time annoyed, rather than enlightened; Readers are smart enough to know they'll just never know what was going on internally, so please : stick to the facts! Enough facts can be strung together about Tiger's early years, though, to perhaps realize that, at some point, this picture perfect man was going to crash and burn. Probably worth reading for die hard Tiger / golf fans.

May 02, 2011

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