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Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Tracey Stewart , Ken Abraham , Mick Hicks
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The problem with most authorized biographies is just that--they're authorized. They praise, adore, defend, excuse, inspire, whitewash, and love their subjects, which, in the end, conspires to keep the reader at a distance. Tracey Stewart's homage to her late husband Payne Stewart does all of that. It rarely allows a closer view than that available from where she witnessed most of his stirring final round victory in the 1999 U.S. Open: on TV.

Which is too bad, because the sartorially splendid golfer was more interesting and complex than that. Despite his deep family and religious convictions--when he played, he wore a bracelet with initials that stood for "What Would Jesus Do?"--he was certainly no saint; his early reputation as a hell-raiser was matched by a palpable whiff of arrogance later on. His accomplishments--three majors among them--were great, but his flaws were at least as fascinating as his successes. So, of course, was his tragic end, in an almost unimaginably bizarre plane crash not long after his great comeback triumphs in the Open and as a member of the victorious Ryder Cup team.

All the necessary facts are here. So are the various scriptures and devotionals Stewart relied on, the joys he felt in coaching his son's soccer team, his wrenching loss at the '98 Open, and the tears of relief he shed when he won at Pebble Beach--and, of course, Pinehurst--a year later. And so, too, is the occasional startling detail that defines a life--such as his son's request to bury his father in Payne's favorite Jimmy Buffett T-shirt, and Tracey's having to explain that no body was recovered from the plane crash. But too few other moments bring anything approaching that candid closeness. The rest comes off like a life passed through a protective filter, leaving the reader where golfers would rather not be--on the fringe. --Tally Swinfen


When his life came to a sudden and tragic end on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart was at the top of his game on every level. In June of 1999, he enjoyed the signature triumph of his career and solidified himself as one of the exemplary personalities in his profession with a victory at the U.S. Open and a place on the coveted winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. However satisfying his professional accomplishments were, it was his personal triumphs that made him stand out. Those closest to Stewart said his family and faith were what mattered most to him. At his funeral, his wife Tracey described him as a devoted husband and father and a devout Christian. She said, “After 18 years of marriage, he was still the most beautiful man I had ever seen, because of what he was on the inside.” The only authorized biography of Payne Stewart, this book was a 'New York Times' bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 783 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0805424792
  • Verlag: B&H Publishing Group (2. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004OC01RW
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Erweiterte Schriftfunktion: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.9 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (20 Kundenrezensionen)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen They couldn't tell the whole picture 20. Mai 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
It is very sad that Payne Stewart was taken from us. His incredibly dramatic win at Pinehurst and his final putt will be a moment that will be imprinted in our minds forever. This book falls far short, however, of being complete, and I am not sure why it was written in the first place. Most insider's in the media world didn't really care for him, as he was as wild, arrogant and disrespectful too many there. Stewart did make some tremendous gestures in giving money away, but it still doesn't mean that this is a book that any non-golfer would need in their library. Hardcore golfers will like this book, but will find Michael Arkush's book much better. Non-golfers should look elsewhere for inspiration.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Another attempt to capitalize 31. Mai 2000
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Payne Stewart was an incredible golfer, and I loved how he stood apart from the other golfers with his knickers, but it is too bad that there is a flood of golf books out on Stewart because of his tragic death, this one included. Books that really capture the emotion and depth require a better topic and more time and care. Tuesdays with Morrie this isn't, as it resembles more of a "instant" book trying to capitalize on a tragic end to someone's end. I ended up asking myself if a book on Stewart would of been published if he hadn't died and the answer is no. If Morrie was still alive, the answer is yes. Put this one next to the Jon Benet Ramsey pile.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen outstanding 9. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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the best biography of the year. what a wonderful tribute to the life of payne stewart. this book truly captured the real payne stewart, unlike the other books that have been published by so called friends..if you never had the privilege of knowing payne stewart you will feel as if you did after reading this book. i know this had to be difficult for tracey to write, but what a gift this is to her children and to all of payne's friends, and fans. we all miss him very much. thanks tracey for sharing with all the story of the real payne stewart. a loving husband, a wonderful father, a great friend, and brother in christ. he will never be forgotten
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Important Side of the Story 6. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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I'm amazed that readers (at least those who wrote negative reviews on this web site) would be surprised that Tracey's story about Payne is upbeat and positive. If readers want Larry Guest's National Enquiresque forced muckraking (the same treatment he gave Arnold Palmer, a breach of trust that banished him from insider camps) then they should look elsewhere. This is a wife's tribute to a husband, father, and friend she loved. It's a great book that admirers of Payne will enjoy for its intimacy and candidness.
Thanks to Tracey for mustering the courage to put it down on paper. We all miss Payne very much.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Payne Stewart 13. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
----I was very touched by Payne's 1999 US Open victory. After the Ryder Cup victory I was a Payne fan. I could not believe the news reports when his plane was flying over the US and was shocked when it crashed, ending Payne's life. I mourned with the rest of the golf world over a life snuffed out way too soon.
This book is fitting closure to Payne and his accomplishments because the world will learn, maybe some for the first time, what his greatest accomplishment was- the life he and Tracey had built with their children, based on their faith in God. Payne was a great man..-----
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography 13. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I bought a copy of this book for my husband for the upcoming Father's Day (he is a golf nut). As I was looking at it I began to read a few chapters here and there. Before I knew it I had read the whole book. I am not a golf fan (don't really like sports) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We could all use more stories about men of quality, like this of Payne Stewart. I'm only sorry for all of us that he was taken so soon....I look forward to asking my husband more about Payne (after Father's Day of course).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book 16. Juni 2000
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I wasn't sure if I needed to see another book about Payne Stewart or if this book could possibly have anything to add to the interviews I saw with Tracey Stewart or the many tributes to Payne, but I have to say it actually did. I am as cynical as the next guy about people making a buck off a tragedy but after hearing Tracey interviewed about why she decided to do a book and after reading her take on who Payne Stewart was, I understand why she felt she had to put the "truth" about him out there.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best biographies of the year! 6. Juni 2000
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The Payne Stewart biography authored by the late golfer's widow is one of the most moving, inspiring biographies I've read. More than just a sports book, or a book about a celebrity--the life and legacy of Payne Stewart, on and off the course, comes shining through. Each page reinforces the reasons why this story deserved to be told. Tracey Stewart describes her husband with candor and realism, tempering the emotion of her loss with the rock-solid assurance her faith provides that Payne is at peace.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A remarkable look at a great man
For Payne Stewart's wife to write this book must have taken a lot of hard work, for which she must be congratulated. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von Matt
1.0 von 5 Sternen This is lighter than air. No insight. No balance. No fun.
I am sorry the big fella passed away. This is a eulogy not a fully developed biography. Good luck to the Stewarts but please no more books.
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von Senor G.
5.0 von 5 Sternen What a great love story!
I just got my copy of the Payne Stewart authorized bio by his widow, Tracey and I couldn't put it down! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2000 von Katie Zeager
5.0 von 5 Sternen Payne is a Winner
Kudos to a great book about one of my golf heroes -- Payne Stewart. Payne was such a unique person on and off the course. I loved his crazy outifts and his mischievous antics. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 14. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Payne Stewart...still a fan!
I have been a Payne Stewart fan ever since I first saw his knickers. He was so different that you had to root for him. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2000 von Geoff C.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography
An inspiring, nourishing book! Tracey Stewart is quite frank about life on the PGA Tour -- the struggles, victories and Payne's battles through both. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2000 von gloria
1.0 von 5 Sternen Work on your swing instead
This book is what we don't need, self serving. There are some great golf books just out...The Greatest Golfer Who Never Lived and Dave Pelz's latest... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2000 von Anna Williamson
1.0 von 5 Sternen Self-serving Psycho-Babble
Wife thinks husband was a great guy. That's the entire book in six words. Don't bother. Work on your swing instead.
Am 9. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Sports Biography
This book, which is already a national bestseller, has been researched with the full cooperation of Payne's family and the PGA. It is in Amazon's top 100 (as of 6/8) for a reason. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
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