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The Chosen One: Tiger Woods and the Dilemma of Greatness
by David Owen
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743222342, Hardcover)Great athletes hold out the hope of perfection - and the few truly transcendent ones soar above the others, above their games and above the rules of the past. Tiger Woods has taken his sport to a new level of popularity and drama; but is he too good for the good of his game? Will his talent, and his ongoing development of it, damage the sport he loves and honours? In "The Chosen One", essayist David Owen expands upon his much-discussed piece for "The New Yorker" to put Wood's otherworldly accomplishments in a historical perspective and show how, at the age of 25, the only shadow Tiger is chasing is his own. Woods is revealed as a breakthrough athlete in every sense: his reputation as a golfer is already legendary; his African-American, Asian, Native American and Caucasian roots make him one of professional sport's first truly multicultural icons; and the extent of his fame and wealth is unparalleled in the world of sport and marketing. In this book, Owen ponders the social, political and economic implications of a man in the process of reshaping the worldm.
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"Earl Woods, the father of young Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, was widely ridiculed in 1996 when, in an article anointing his son as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, he likened Tiger's potential impact to that of a messiah. This unseemly proclamation appeared to embody all the worst elements of the dreaded sports-parent who seeks financial windfall and personal validation by pushing his child to excel on the diamond, the gridiron, the court, or the fairways. But in light of all we know now about Tiger Woods, David Owen asks in The Chosen One, who is to say that it wasn't Tiger's transcendent greatness all along that induced his father to guide him, rather than the father pushing the son?" "In The Chosen One, essayist David Owen ponders the social, economic, and athletic implications of this amazing young man. We are only beginning to see all the ways that Tiger Woods might reshape the world. Owen's work examines this phenomenon unlike any the fields of play have ever seen, in a book that will stand alongside John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are (about Princeton forward Bill Bradley) among the classic works of sports philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.
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