With its thorough research and unstinting personal and professional detail, Ben Hogan: An American Life fills in the blanks of the life of one of America's most enigmatic and overachieving sportsmen. Hogan (1912-1997) overcame childhood trauma he saw his father commit suicide to carve out a legacy as an unrelenting shot-maker who set the standard for the later greats of modern golf. Author James Dodson probes Hogan's seemingly jinxed early career, his ascension to the pinnacle of his sport, his contentious relationship with the press, his remarkable comeback after a calamitous 1949 auto crash, and his sometimes difficult but devoted marriage.

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