On a fateful day in 1964, legendary journalist Alistair Cooke was dragged into Van Cortlandt Park in New York City to play his first game of golf and was immediately hooked. Golf became his greatest passion, even though he called it a method of self-torture, disguised as a game.” Few have written more brilliantly or more lovingly about golf than he does here in this collection.
For the first time, Golf gathers together the best of Cooke’s writing on what he called the marvelous mania.” This stunning collection showcases the incomparable wit and mischievous charm that made Cooke one of the greatest journalists and broadcasters and one of the most effective interpreters of the American way of life to the world” (New York Times) of the twentieth century. Whether it is Arnold Palmer playing in 102-degree heat in San Antonio; dapper Gary Player winning the US Open at Creve Coeur, Missouri; or Jack Nicklaus playingand winningalmost everywhere, Alistair Cooke on his favorite sport is a rare and constant pleasure. This is a book no golferpro or amateurshould go without.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sportsbooks about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.
Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Alistair Cooke was a journalist born in Lancashire, England, on November 20, 1908. For over fifty years, he presented Letters from America, which was the longest-running radio series in the world. Cooke lived in New York City until his death on March 30, 2004.