Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer / Tom Callahan.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In this definitive biography, veteran sportswriter Tom Callahan shines a spotlight on one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, Arnold Palmer. The winner of more than ninety championships, including four Masters Tournaments, Arnold Palmer was a legend in twentieth century sports: a supremely gifted competitor beloved for his powerful hitting, his nerve on the greens, and his great rapport with fans. Perhaps above all others, Palmer was the reason golf's popularity exploded, as the King of the links helped define golf's golden age along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In addition to his talent on the golf course, Palmer was a brilliant entrepreneur off it, and one of the first sportsmen to create his own successful marketing brand. Forging an alliance with sports agent Mark McCormick, Palmer parlayed his popularity into lucrative deals, and helped pave the way for the multi-million-dollar contracts that have become standard for stars across all sports. But beyond his business acumen, Palmer was always a larger-than-life character, and Arnie recounts a host of unforgettable anecdotes from a long life in the spotlight. Tom Callahan knew Palmer well for many years, and now pays tribute to this golfing icon. Filled with great stories from the key people in Palmer's life, Arnie is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a remarkable man and his extraordinary legacy"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • ISBN:
      9780062439727 (hardback)
      0062439723 (hardback)
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      CALLAHAN, T. Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer. First edition. [s. l.]: Harper, 2017. ISBN 9780062439727. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 ago. 2020.
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      Callahan T. Arnie : The Life of Arnold Palmer. First edition. Harper; 2017. Accessed August 15, 2020.
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      Callahan, T. (2017). Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer (First edition.). Harper.
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      Callahan, Tom. 2017. Arnie : The Life of Arnold Palmer. First edition. Harper.
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      Callahan, T. (2017) Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer. First edition. Harper. Available at: (Accessed: 15 August 2020).
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      Callahan, T 2017, Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer, First edition., Harper, viewed 15 August 2020, .
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      Callahan, Tom. Arnie : The Life of Arnold Palmer. First edition. Harper, 2017.
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LJ Reviews 2017 February #1

Arnold Palmer (1929–2016) was an open book—intriguing, personable, energizing—and the subject of numerous biographies, such as Adam Harrington's Arnold Palmer: A Biography and Charles Price's A Golf Story: Bobby Jones, Augusta National, and the Masters Tournament. Palmer, himself, authored memoirs, most recently A Life Well Played. Here, frequent golf writer Callahan (In Search of Tiger) provides an overview of Palmer's life. What is notable about this account is that it is organized chronologically and concludes with remarks from golfers who cite Palmer as an influence. Fans of Palmer will be familiar with many of the stories, although there are newer tales here as well. Some may quibble about the vignettes that were left out. Yet, in the church of golf, Arnold is a saint. And, like most saints, he touched the lives of many. VERDICT Consider this laudatory biography to be the screenplay for the movie.—Steven Silkunas, Fernandina Beach, FL

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 February #2

Sportswriter Callahan (His Father's Son: Earl and Tiger Woods), known for intimate portraits and insider perspectives, breezily floats from story to story across the life of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, describing dashing Palmer's enduring appeal from the moment he burst onto the new television screens of the 1950s. Callahan spent significant time interviewing Palmer before the golfing great's September 2016 death, and readers will enjoy the author's pointed questions and the Palmer's amiable answers. Callahan then blends his own experiences, primary sources, copious interviews, and a thorough appendix to create a joyful, definitive biography. The contributions of Gary Player, part of the "Big Three" along with Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, are particularly insightful. The stories extend well beyond golf, including Palmer's love of flying; his complex relationships with his father, aging star Ben Hogan; and friendships with the likes of Bob Hope, President Dwight Eisenhower, and Fred Rogers. Callahan shows obvious affection for Palmer, but he is not afraid to add his own takes on contentious topics such as Augusta National's race policy, the oft-chilly Palmer-Nicklaus rivalry, and Palmer's seminal partnership with agent Mark McCormack. Callahan successfully argues that Palmer's seemingly charmed life included great difficulty even as he revolutionized golf. (Apr.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.