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BEN HOGAN: AN AMERICAN LIFE is the biography golfers and golf fans have been waiting for. Like Richard Ben Cramers Joe DiMaggio and David Maranisss When Pride Still Mattered, this meticulously researched book goes behind the myths and provides theMoreBEN HOGAN: AN AMERICAN LIFE is the biography golfers and golf fans have been waiting for. Like Richard Ben Cramers Joe DiMaggio and David Maranisss When Pride Still Mattered, this meticulously researched book goes behind the myths and provides the complete, unvarnished, and often surprising story of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.Ben Hogan established many of golfs most memorable milestones. In 1953, he entered eight tournaments and won five—including the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open—the Hogan Grand Slam. His performance marked the beginning of the era of modern golf, triggering the Tours explosive growth and popularity.The most astonishing thing about that record-setting year is that Hogan was plagued by the devastating physical effects of an automobile crash that nearly killed him in early 1949. As James Dodson reveals, Hogans stunning comeback at Merion in 1950 was simply one of many extraordinary events in a legendary career filled with ups and downs and a life lived within such impenetrable privacy that no contemporary golfer, tournament organizer, or sports reporter could claim to really know the most prominent and talked about player of the era. Dodson, who had unprecedented access to Hogans family and friends, tells the full, inside story of Hogans remarkable life for the first time. He uncovers the emotional strains Hogan experienced, including his intense desire for personal privacy, the carefully guarded secrets of his marriage, and ultimately, his unchanging love for and loyalty to his wife.Filled with fascinating details and deeply poignant insights, this book brings to life golfsmost mythical and misunderstood figure—and a nostalgic American era—as never before. Dodsons award-winning lyrical style, and persistence in getting to the heart of Hogans protected inner life, ensure that BEN HOGAN: AN AMERICAN LIFE will become a classic.