The Real Story

Book - 2010
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Born to a father who described him as the "chosen one" and a mother who called him the "universal child," Tiger Woods was groomed for the fame and influence that his parents believed was his destiny. At age twenty, he made his debut in a Nike commercial. "Hello, world," he said. "Are you ready for me?"

The world was ready.

For the next thirteen years, Tiger nearly lived up to his parents' outsized expectations. He conquered the world of golf, settled down with a beautiful Swedish model, and started a family. His net worth approached one billion dollars. Everything was going according to plan--until the scandal hit.

Steve Helling has long covered Tiger Woods's career, and here he draws on intimate sources-- many speaking out for the first time--to create a never-before-seen portrait of the golfer.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780306819292
Characteristics: xiv, 242 p., [8] pages of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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wendybird May 20, 2011

I like a good, well written sports biography... but ... this probably doesn't qualify. While light on the salacious details of Tiger's extramarital escapades, at a general level, "People" writer Steve Helling does a decent job outlining the life leading up to that fateful 2009 Thanksgiving car accident. My crankiness has more to do with style : call me crazy, but even the best biographer & one with unlmited time/access cannot really know what their subject is truly thinking or feeling. Helling constantly writes as if he knows what is going on in Tiger's mind -- and yet, one of the biggest surprises about this particular star's fall from grace was how well hidden Tiger kept his internal "stuff." Extended passages describing what Mr. Woods was feeling or thinking at a precise moment in time annoyed, rather than enlightened; Readers are smart enough to know they'll just never know what was going on internally, so please : stick to the facts! Enough facts can be strung together about Tiger's early years, though, to perhaps realize that, at some point, this picture perfect man was going to crash and burn. Probably worth reading for die hard Tiger / golf fans.

May 02, 2011

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