Michael Bamberger, a writer and columnist for GOLF Magazine, spent twenty-two years as a writer at Sports Illustrated after thirteen years as a newspaper reporter. He has written a play (Bart & Fay) and seven books, including the New York Times bestseller Men in Green, To the Linksland, and Wonderland. His work has appeared in the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing and other collections.
"Thoughtful . . . Readers will find fascinating gems . . . Mr.
Bamberger goes out of his way to be fair, clearly distinguishing
between what we can know and what we will probably never know. His
speculations about the private Woods, always labeled as such, are
informed by his more than three decades of golf reporting and five
previous books about golf, including one about caddying for a tour
pro. He knows the world of professional golf, and the pressures it
exacts, like few others."
-John Paul Newport, The Wall Street Journal
"A sensational read . . . [Bamberger is] an outstanding reporter. . . . The number of insights, stories and well-labeled legends of hazy lineage are all presented in Bamberger's inimitable style . . . The ride is filled with plenty of stellar anecdotes for lovers of all things golf. . . . Since we have no 2020 Masters to watch, reliving everything leading up to Tiger's fifth title is well worth the ride, even if the road was bumpier than we'd prefer to recall."
"Insightful and entertaining . . . When it comes to golf writing, Michael Bamberger is akin to a feel player. The longtime Sports Illustrated and current Golf Magazine scribe relies on a keen eye for detail, instincts developed over decades around the game and innate writing gifts."
-Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel
"This may be the most insightful and evenhanded book written yet about one of the signature athletes of the last twenty-five years."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Gripping . . . Even non-Tiger fans might find this amazing comeback story appealing."
"Michael Bamberger is the quiet man of golf journalism. He arrives at scenes, a notebook stuck in his back pocket; he watches, listens, writes and then departs. Players talk to him and he stores it away and the reader should be grateful that he does because there is so much in this book that most people don't know about Woods, about golf, about the pro game in the US, about Woods's victory in last year's Masters. Bamberger has a painter's eye for detail and a journalist's ear for a phrase. The story he tells so elegantly here is packed with detail."
-The Times (London)
"With compassion and honesty, this book enthrallingly illuminates the extraordinary yet enigmatic comeback of Tiger Woods. Bamberger is a wise and resourceful reporter with an unsurpassed knowledge of the professional game, and he moves effortlessly between inside-the-ropes stories and human insight. I raced through this book joyfully, in about the time it takes to play a round of golf."
-Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland
PRAISE FOR OTHER BOOKS BY MICHAEL BAMBERGER
* Men in Green *
"Maybe the best golf book I've ever read."
-Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal
"I wish Men in Green were about four hundred pages longer than it is."
-Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times Book Review
* The Swinger *
"An entertaining, revealing, thought-provoking, and cautionary tale . . . It provides invaluable insight into the life and times of Woods."
-Bill Pennington, The New York Times
* To The Linksland *
"One of the best golf travel books ever written . . . The book reminds us that the game of golf has many treasures yet to be discovered."
-Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom
* This Golfing Life *
"The ultimate insider's view [from] one of the modern game's brightest observers and finest writers."
-Geoff Shackelford, Golf Observer