Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 8, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
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Surprisingly, one of sport’s most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the world’s finest golf courses. Arnie and Jack. Palmer and Nicklaus. Their fifty-year duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern golf to the heights and popularity it enjoys today.

Arnie was the cowboy, with rugged good looks, Popeye-like forearms, a flailing swing, and charm enough to win fans worldwide. Jack was scientific, precise, conservative, aloof, even fat and awkward. Ultimately, Nicklaus got the better of Palmer on the course, beating him in major victories 18-7. But Palmer bested Nicklaus almost everywhere else, especially in the hearts of the public and in endorsement dollars. By the end of this page-turning narrative, we see that each man wanted what the other had: Arnold wanted the trophies. Jack wanted the love.

In the tradition of John Feinstein and Mark Frost, Ian O’Connor has written a compelling account of one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.

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This is a good book especially if you are a golf nut. It is extremely well written and discusses all the points of real interest to us as hero-worshippers of two of the real "greats". I particularly ... Read full review

Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and golf's greatest rivalry

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Sports columnist O'Connor (The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball) examines what may be the longest-running rivalry in sports history. While both Arnold Palmer ... Read full review


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IAN O'CONNOR is a nationally recognized sports columnist who has won numerous Associated Press awards. Currently he writes for and hosts a radio show for ESPN.  He is the author of Arnie and Jack, a New York Times bestseller, and The Jump.

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